Autumn Oaks Coming Today To Wayne County For 2014 National Event

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autumn oaks event 2014News Release
The United Kennel Club Autumn Oaks Participants will begin coming in this evening (Tuesday) through Sunday for the 2014 national event. 
This is the 54th year for the continually growing event since 1960. Most area hotels are close to a complete sell out as usual and Wayne County Tourism (Stacey Whichard, Chasity Templin and Mary Walker) have been working with their Vice president Tanya Raab and staff in Kalamazoo Michigan as well as several area businesses to assist with the preparation for the 23rd year of hosting this huge premier event in Richmond Wayne County.
autumn oaks puppiesOver 6,850 Participants and their families will stay, shop, dine, fuel up and explore Wayne County, providing a significant direct economic impact of over $1.3 million ($1,301,500.00) conservatively.
Richmond Wayne County welcomes back UKC & the thousands that call Richmond home each labor day week- weekend!
United Kennel club invites spectators to come out to the event, show schedules are posted on their website.

Today at the Fair…Corey Cox, Fireworks and more!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Today at the 4H Fair is an exciting day for all the 4H kids who have worked so hard taking care of their animals.  It’s the big Auction Day, where kids will sell all types of animals.  Get out to the 4H Fair and cheer them on- these are such hard-working and determined kids and deserve our support.

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Corey Cox performs live tonight at the 4H Fair, Wayne County

Later today, 7:30 p.m., Corey Cox will provide live entertainment on the Tom Raper RV Free Stage.  Corey has quite a following and according to his fan website “Continuing his rapid climb in the country music world in 2012, Corey performed for tens of thousands of fans in the Super Bowl XLVI Village, sang the National Anthem at the Brickyard 400 Nationwide Race and secured a major sponsorship with Coors Banquet beer. Corey has built his name through his relatable lyrics, contagious songs, and energetic live shows – a combination that has attracted a strong and loyal following.”  And his fans follow him everywhere!   According to Corey- this is what he was meant to do.  And he loves it.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see him perform live–and Free!

fireworks 2And tonight at dusk….Fireworks!!  Bring a chair, grab some great Fair food and enjoy! 

We’ll see you at the 4H Fair!

First Bank Richmond is the business sponsor for the day.

Be a Blood Donor at the 4H Fair and Save a Life!


Back again this year, an opportunity to donate blood and save a life at the Wayne County 4H Fair, 2014.  See below for details on how to sign up.  Please share this post with your friends and family so we can get as many donors out as possible!


A Taste of What’s Coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair

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Wayne County 4-H FAIR

June 21-28, 2014

Richmond, Indiana

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Phillip Fox Band playing live at Wayne County 4H Fair on the Tom Raper RV Free Stage

Saturday, June 21

Wayne County Idol,  5 PM at the Tom Raper RV Free Stage, Mud Race – 7 PM, Karaoke Time Following Idol Finals at the Tom Raper Free Stage.

Sunday, June 22

Church services – 11 AM at the Tom Raper RVs Free Stage,  Little Miss & Mister Contest, 2 PM at the Tom Raper Free Stage, Special Music 4 PM – 10 PM at the Tom Raper Free Stage,  CK Cycles Moto Cross Racing – 5 PM, Horse Pull – 7 PM – FREE Admission

Pork McElhinny 4h Fairgrounds

Pork McElhinny

Monday, June 21Car Show at 5 PM in the Kuhlman Center Parking Lot, ATV/Truck Drags – 7 PM, Pork McElhinny – 7:30 PM @ Tom Raper RV Free Stage.

Tuesday, June 24

Hoosier StateTractor Pull at 7 PM, Phillip Fox Band at 7:30 PM on theTom Raper RV Free Stage, Silly Safaris, 5:30 & 7:30 PM at the Family FitnessWorks Tent

 Wednesday, June 25

Pottery by Jeremy South,  3 PM – 8 PM at the Family FitnessWorksTent,  Tom Butters Painting – 5 PM @ Family FitnessWorks Tent, Wayne County Idol – 6 PM @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage, and a Truck / Tractor Pull – 7 PM.

Thursday, June 26

Kids Day, 12 Noon to 4:30,  Armband Special – $12,  Rodeo – 7 PM,  Dancers – 6:00 PM @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage,  Silly Safaris at 5:30 & 7:30 PM in the Family FitnessWorksTent.

Friday, June 27

4-H Livestock Sale of Champions Auction – 11 AM,  Corey Cox – 7:30 PM @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage,  Mud Bog – 7 PM,  Fireworks @ Dark

Saturday, June 28

Off Road Swap Meet – 10 AM Free Health Screenings – Family FitnessWorks Tent – 12 PM,  Wayne County Idol Finals – 5 PM, Karaoke Time Following Idol Finals @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage, Demolition Derby – 7 PM.

For the full schedule visit the Wayne County 4H Fair website.   And keep checking back here for cool pictures and any updates.


Wayne County 4H Fair Queen Competiton: Deadline Soon


If you are interested in registering for the Wayne County 4H Queen competition, you must have your registration in by May 31, 2014.  Also, there are some changes in the rules.  Please read below for updates.


The Wayne County 4-H Fair Queen Committee has made a recent change concerning the 2014 Queen Contest.

The NEW ages for the queen division will be 16 and older.  You must be 16 as of June 1, 2015 to compete in this division.

The new ages will allow more ladies to participate and have the opportunity to obtain the skills for interviewing, stage presence, and public appearances.

KEEP IN MIND….in order to participate at state fair, the Wayne County Queen must be 18 years old by June 1, 2015.  The “underage” ladies will have the option to keep the queen status or relinquish the queen status, if chosen prior to the contest.  State Fair rules states you can only win your county fair once.

SO…..for example… are 16 years old and have the highest points to win the 2014 Queen title.  You will have chosen prior to the contest, that if you were chosen, that you would:

  1.  Keep the title, however know you are not old enough to compete at State Fair.  You would also know that you cannot compete for the  Wayne County Fair Queen in the future, or
  2. Relinquish the queen title and obtain an alternate title.  You would then be able to compete in future contest and attend State Fair, if age appropriate.

This can be confusing. So please call or text 914.6771 or email at with questions, comments or concerns.

Deadline to register is May 31st.  Sponsorship fee will be $50.  Orientation is this Sunday, May 18th at 2pm at the First Friends Church on Chester Blvd (next to Friends Fellowship).  First queen workshop is Tuesday, June 3rd from 6:30-8pm at Lingle Hall at Reid Hospital.

Other age divisions:

  •  Juniors – ages 7, 8, 9
  •  PreTeens – ages 10, 11, 12
  •  Teens – ages 13, 14, 15
  •  Queens – ages 16 to 21

Wayne County 4H Fair 2014: Save The Date

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Phillip Fox Band

This year the Wayne County 4H Fair will run from June 21 – 28, 2014, and what a line up!

Live music on the Tom Raper stage will include the Phillip Fox Band and Pork McElHinny.  Some old favorites will return this year including the Silly Safari animal show, a free ice cream social, and the exciting tractor pulls.  4Her’s will be showing off their livestock, horse and crafts projects all week, so be sure to get out and support them.

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Pork McElhinny

Keep checking back for more updates and check our calendar for fair events.  It’s going to be a great year for the 4H Fair!

Two Fun Halloween Events: First The Homerun Haunt Saturday

Homerun Haunt

If you love Halloween and your kids can’t wait to dress up, then you will love that there are two events coming up soon sponsored by the Richmond Parks Department.

The Homerun Haunt is tomorrow afternoon at McBride Stadium, and next Saturday your family can enjoy the annual Halloween Howl at the Tom Raper Center.  (See below for more details).  And don’t forget this weekend is also the Haunted Museum in Richmond! 

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Kuhlman Center: A Cool Place To Hang Out At the 4H Fair



Mini 4h Cake Decorating

Early today as we dropped off my daughter’s 4H projects, kids were crowding in to the Kuhlman center after hours of work.

It was easy to tell who had been up all night working on last minute details, and those who completed their projects weeks or days before.  (There were more sleepy eyed kids than there were those who looked wide awake).


Textiles at Kuhlman

But their efforts were worth it.  There is a great and colorful variety of cakes, textiles, sand art, wood art, quilts and much more, all made by kids and adults. 

Take a break from the heat during the 4H Fair and visit the displays in the Kuhlman Center where there is air conditioning and much to see!

See you at the Fair!


Wayne County 4H Fair Starts This Saturday, June 22, 2013!

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by Karole Passmore, GWC

4H fair pic 2 boy and goatElephant ears, funnel cakes, walking tacos…..okay that’s what I think of first when I think of the Fair.  Next, I picture the 4H kids working hard on their projects or with their animals.  And then I think of the sounds…live music, laughter, animal noises, the sizzling of hot sausage on the grill… and I’m back to the food again.  <sigh>

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A frog on her head! 2012, 4H Fair pictures

Whatever your reasons for loving the Fair- come on out and enjoy!  Free concerts on the Tom Raper RV Stage will be going on throughout the week, Poor Jacks Amusement rides start on June 22, the exotic petting zoo is back, the one man band, fireworks and the mechanical bull- plus much more!!

4 h fair pic moto crossCheck out the full schedule and make sure you don’t miss a thing.  We’ll be out and about through the week taking pictures- so don’t miss the photo op while you are having fun at the Fair!   See you there.


Get Your Wayne County 4H Fair Schedule Here!

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4h logoThis year’s Wayne County 4-H Fair is quickly approaching!  It will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds June 22-29.  GoWayneCounty will be posting special events and details, so stay tuned!  You can download and print the full schedule here: 2013 4H Fair Schedule

For more information about events in the program, please call the fair office (during fair week) at 765-939-0834 or visit their website here.

You can also find them on Facebook here.

See you there!!!

4H Fair is Coming Soon! And Here is an Opportunity for you to give:

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Click here to sign up

4h fair blood drive

Earth Day In Wayne County: Fun Things To Do

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earth day logoEarth Day is just around the corner, and this Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., will be a fun day for all ages at the Tom Raper Center.

Organizations from all over Wayne County including the Cope Environmental Center, Sprout of Control Community Gardening, Lemonade Day Wayne County, and many others will have displays set up for you to visit.  Other activties will include: Mark’s Ark Live Animal Show, and the Test Middle School Drum Ensemble.  There will be native tree giveaways, and plenty of opportunities to learn more about local green businesses, and learn about different places where you an enjoy nature outdoors.

earth day plantingBest Way Recycling will be on site and will take cardboard, paper, and plastics 1-7, glass and cans.  There will be plenty of hands-on activities as well.

Mascots will be available for photo-ops with the kids (and adults) including Kash from First Bank Richmond.

Monday, April 22nd, Texas Roadhouse is offering Earth Day activities for kids as well.  (see information below).

And remember it’s a good time to plant a tree and start a garden plot in celebration of this great place called Earth!

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

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Texas Roadhouse

Join us for an Earth Day themed Kids’ Night Monday, April 22nd from 4PM until 7PM. Here’s what we’ll have goin’ on for the kiddos:

– Make bird feeders, paint, play games
– Meet adorable animals from HELP the Animals
– Kids Meals for only $0.99 with the purchase of an adult entree

Until April 30th, bring in your tin or aluminum cans to either Texas Roadhouse in Richmond or H.E.L.P. the Animals and receive a free* Appetizer Card to be used on a future visit.

The cans will be recycled for cash and our friends at Richmond Scrap Processors will match that amount to donate to the H.E.L.P. the Animals Inc.

* Valid until April 30, 2013 only. While supplies last. No cash value. No substitutions. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at the Richmond, IN location only



More Fun Halloween Events In Wayne County

Halloween Howl, 2011

Halloween Howl, 2011

Upcoming Halloween Happenings

Discover some of the spooktacular events coming up to celebrate Halloween, as you read below.  From  costume contests to alternative trick-or-treat options, choices abound for young and old in Wayne County.

Halloween Howl, Wednesday, October 24th, presented by Richmond Parks and Recreation at Tom Raper Center from 6-8:30 pm.

A Halloween Party at Veach’s in uptown Richmond, on Friday, October 26th, 4-7 pm; featuring a Spooky Jr. Haunted House, a costume contest for ages 10 and under, games, and refreshments. This is a free event.

Little Sheba’s Halloween Party, October 27th.  Trick or Treat? It’s the best party in town. Come dressed or not. We’ll have a costume contest with prizes. Music provided by Garcia and Scott. Let’s get ghoulish. It’s “Better Than Being Home.”

Costume contest at Roscoe’s Coffee Bar & Tap room, on October 27th at 10:00 pm.

Safety Village, October 29th on the State Hospital grounds from 5-7 pm

Trunk ‘n’ Treat, Wednesday, October 31st , 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., In the Reid Church parking lot on the corner of North B & 11th Streets. Come dressed in Costume!


Trick or Treat Nights:

October 31st
Cambridge City, IN 6p-8p
Centerville, IN 5p-7p
Fountain City, IN 5p-7p
Hagerstown, IN  6:30p-8:30p
Milton, IN  6p-8p
Richmond, IN 5-7p
Winchester, IN 5-8p

Autumn Oaks Coonhound Event Labor Day Weekend

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Spectators are invited to attend Autumn Oaks, an annual UKC event attracting the best dog and owner teams from across the country.

For more information, contact Tanya Raab,

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KALAMAZOO, MICH. Aug., 24, 2012 – United Kennel Club welcomes all dog lovers to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana, over Labor Day Weekend where hundreds of the country’s best coonhounds will compete, from August 30 through September 2, in UKC’s 53rd Annual Autumn Oaks event.

Autumn Oaks is considered by many to be the premier national Coonhound event, as well as a kind of “family reunion”. During the four days of world-class competition, thousands of spectators and participants travel from all over the United States and Canada to east-central Indiana to attend “The Event Where History is Made.” Participants compete for prizes provided by event sponsors, as well as prestige and national recognition, as Major Winners receive

national titles and acclaim.

The sport of hunting with coonhounds has been part of American history, going back to the early 1700s, and continues to this day in all parts of the country. In accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations, no game is taken and no firearms are allowed at UKC events.  “As individuals, we may be as different as night and day, but these seven coonhound breeds unite us into a crazy family of sorts,” Vice President of UKC Events Todd Kellam said. “And Autumn Oaks will forever be our reunion,” he added.

The coonhound community is proud to offer this family-friendly event. Spectators are welcome, but are asked to not bring their dogs or pets to the fairgrounds, as only dogs registered to compete are allowed on the grounds. For complete details about 2012 Autumn Oaks, and all UKC licensed events, please visit

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website.


Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037;


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4H Dog Club Will Compete At State Fair August 18-19, 2012


The Tailwaggers, an excited group of 4H Club dogs and their owners, were preparing to train for their big competition at the Indiana State Fair later this week.

One little dog had already started running his paces as the others looked on awaiting their turn at the 4H Fairgrounds on Sunday.

Dogs of all sizes and shapes were in attendance.  The pictures tell the story of their anticipation of not only practice but the competition they will participate in next weekend.  Good luck Tailwaggers! (Look below for more pictures and find pictures on our GoWayneCounty Facebook page).


Running his paces



Posing during a break from practice

Hanging out before practice

Wayne County Bands Compete Tonight At Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds

RHS Band State Fair

Starting at 7:00 p.m. you can see the brightest and best competing in the track show at the Wayne County 4H fairgrounds.  For only 6.00 to enter and a short drive from home ,it is local entertainment at it’s finest.

If you can’t make it to the State Fair competition this will be your best chance to see up close some fantastic marching bands.  Come on out and cheer on your favorite school.

Food vendors will also be available.