Last 2 Days of Wayne County 4H Fair! See Friday & Saturday’s Event Schedule Here!

Friday, June 24



4-H Livestock Sale of Champions Auction – 11 AM

Phillip Fox Band – 7:30 PM @ Free Stage

Mud Bog – 7 PM Fireworks @ Dark

Details of ALL Events for Friday:

9 AM – 9 PM 4-H Open Class Exhibits – Kuhlman Center

11 AM 4-H Livestock Sale of Champions Auction

1 PM Mark Abbati living statue – @ Livestock Auction

5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00 – 2016 Wayne County 4-H Members With Card $7.00

5 PM Mark Abbati living statue – @ Daily Sponsor Tent

5 – 8 PM Special Event – First Bank Tent 6 PM Antique Tractor Parade

7 PM Mud Bog (John Lackey 765-993-5775)

7:30 PM Phillip Fox Band – Country Fried Rock n’ Roll – Free Stage –

8 PM Mark Abbati living statue – roaming the fairgrounds DARK FIREWORKS Saturday, June 25 LAST DAY OF FUN!!! FREE HEALTH CHECK!

9:30 AM 4-H Tractor Operator’s Contest – at north end of fairgrounds

9 AM Open Dairy Show (Daune Hill 765-847-2987)

12 – 5 PM Lifestyle Expo with FREE Health Screenings. Sponsored by the Richmond Seventh Day Adventist Church Learn your health age and lifestyle changes leading to longer life – Sheep Barn

1 PM – Sunday AM Wayne County Amateur Radio display & communicating by Hamm Radio – Public Welcome to come learn and talk with other Hamm Radios around the world!

4 PM Bubble Fun Run – Free Stage – Free Entry with non-perishable item

5 PM Back Draft Band – Free Stage

5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00

7 PM Demolition Derby – Cars, Lawnmowers & Kids Power Wheels (John Lackey 765-993-5775 or Billy Rose 765-730-3676)

Saturday, June 25



Free Health Screenings – Sheep Barn – 12-5 PM

Hamm Radio starting at 1 PM @ First Bank Tent Back

Draft Band 5 pm @ Free Stage

Demolition Derby – 7 PM

Details of ALL Events for Saturday:

9:30 AM 4-H Tractor Operator’s Contest – at north end of fairgrounds

9 AM Open Dairy Show (Daune Hill 765-847-2987)

12 – 5 PM Lifestyle Expo with FREE Health Screenings. Sponsored by the Richmond Seventh Day Adventist Church Learn your health age and lifestyle changes leading to longer life – Sheep Barn

1 PM – Sunday AM Wayne County Amateur Radio display & communicating by Hamm Radio – Public Welcome to come learn and talk with other Hamm Radios around the world!

4 PM Bubble Fun Run – Free Stage – Free Entry with non-perishable item

5 PM Back Draft Band – Free Stage

5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00

7 PM Demolition Derby – Cars, Lawnmowers & Kids Power Wheels (John Lackey 765-993-5775 or Billy Rose 765-730-3676)

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Get Your Wayne County 4H Fair Schedule Here!

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!!!

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United Kennel Club’s 52nd Autumn Oaks Convention

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submitted by Stacey Whichard ~ Wayne Co Tourism Bureau

Labor Day weekend means the return of one of the biggest coonhound events of the year, Autumn Oaks®, celebrating its 52nd year, is an extremely spectator-friendly event free to the public.  Taking place September 2nd and commencing on September 4th with an awards ceremony,  Autumn Oaks is a highlight event for coonhound enthusiasts and features challenging events showcasing the beauty and function of all seven coonhound breeds.

United Kennel Club’s Autumn Oaks has grown to be the largest coonhound Nite Hunt and Bench Show event in the world. Nite Hunts are simulated hunting events, with no game taken or firearms allowed, in accordance with UKC policy.  An amazing 1,038 hounds have entered and are set to compete in one of the most prestigious events in all of coonhunting! No, this is not a misinterpretation or illusion of sorts where the likes of re-entries or otherwise might be thrown in to blow up the stats for whatever reason.   There are over a thousand “different” hounds! This is undoubtedly a new record in all of coonhunting when it comes to number of dogs entered in an organized coonhunt of any registry – period.

Autumn Oaks has over 6,800 participants registered and with spectators regularly attracts more than 17,000 total people over the weekend. Both Friday and Saturday feature the world’s largest licensed Bench Show, with over 500 coonhounds expected. Sunday morning’s awards ceremony closes the event with a celebration of the weekend’s big winners.

United Kennel Club thanks Black Gold Premium Dog Food for their support as a return sponsor of this year’s Autumn Oaks. All Nite Hunt participants will be competing for valuable points towards this year’s Triple Crown, also sponsored by Black Gold (, which awards a prize package worth over $3,000 to the coonhound with the most combined points from UKC’s three largest coonhound events of the year – Autumn Oaks, Winter Classic and the World Championship. In addition, Nestle Purina® proudly sponsors the Bench Show portion of Autumn Oaks, with points accumulating toward the Purina Outstanding United Kennel Club Bench Show Coonhound, awarded at the UKC Winter Classic in January.

Be sure to catch all the action on our website:

For more information about details of the show, contact: Tanya Raab,

See GoWayneCounty’s Event calendar for show times and days that are open to the public.

Kids Day at the 4H Fair

4h fair, wayne county fairgrounds, kids dayKids’ prayers were answered today as the rain held off for a fun-filled day of rides, games, and great fair food! GWC was there enjoying it as well,  capturing a few smiles to share with readers (see below).

After visiting Poor Jack’s amusements,  bring the kids to the Outdoor Platform for story-telling and music by Martha Hall Bowman, starting at 5 p.m.  Then, at 6 p.m. in the FFA Fun Barn, come watch the Kiddie Tractor Pull.  If you haven’t come out to the Wayne County Fairgrounds yet this week,  come see what you’ve been missing!

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Kamearah, Kea, and Kayden Cooper won prizes at the dart balloon game

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Maddie Lindley excitedly waits in line to ride the bumper cars

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Tierney Mathews and Kalleigh Smith enjoy riding in the engine car of the train

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Lili and Zander Inderstrodt take a break with refreshing snow cones

"I won a what?"

Rabbits and Horses and Pigs, Oh My!

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Madilyn (left) and Molly (right) Coomes with "Chloe" and "Chunky Chip", their entries in the Mini-Rex category of the Rabbit Show.

One would think that entering a single event at the 4H fair would be hard enough, but for the Coomes sisters, that is definitely not true.  Madilyn and Molly Coomes of Centerville certainly have their hands full during this year’s 4H Fair at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  Their entries include rabbits, horses, pigs, sheep, foods, and macrame.

Each of the sisters participate separately, with their own individual entries.  Madilyn, 13, has been doing this for three years.  Her younger sister, Molly, 10,  joined the 4H Shows two years ago.  “Working with the animals is my favorite part of the process”,  explained Madilyn.  While Molly’s favorite part is getting to show the animals.

GWC will follow up with the Coomes sisters to see how the shows this week turned out for them.  Stay tuned….

To find out when the girls will be showing again, see the complete fair schedule.

Got great pics or stories to share about your 4H Fair experience?  Let us know here or post on our Facebook Page.

Special Days at the 4H Fair!

4h fair richmond indiana, wayne county fairgroundsToday is Senior Citizen Day at the 4H Fair with FREE parking for Seniors (55 & over).  Come on out to the Hat Trick Petting Zoo to meet and talk about the exotic animals at 4p.m. and then cheer on locals at the Wayne County Idol or see the Antique Tractor Parade at 6 p.m.

Tomorrow is Kids Day and the amusement park opens at NOON!  Kids get $5.00 off arm bands from 12-4:30 p.m.   After the fun with rides and games, bring the kids over to the Outdoor Platform for Kids Stories & Music by Martha Hall Bowman.  At 6 p.m. join in on the fun with the Kiddie Tractor Pull in the FFA Fun Barn.

Also on Thursday is College Day!  A college ID will get you FREE parking!

These are only a few of the events going on today and tomorrow.  For a complete schedule of events, Click Here

Hope to see you there!!

Check out the pictures on GWC’s Facebook page.

Entrants Prepare Sheep for Show Today

The 4H Sheep Show is starting right now at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.   Earlier today, the place was buzzing with everyone getting ready for the 4:00 show.  Allsion Belork of Cambridge City (see photo at right) was shearing her 121-pound Suffolk sheep named “Bob.”  This is Allison’s 9th year participating in the 4H fair, and each year she has a sheep named Bob as well as an entrant in the cattle show.

Zack Olsen, 11, of Milton (see photo below) has been competing in the Sheep Show since 2007.   As a group from the Boys and Girls Club approach to watch (bottom right) he graciously stops his washing and allows them to come closer to pet his sheep, “Big Toe.”

For a complete schedule of events for this year’s 4H Fair, Click Here.

What’s Happening This First Weekend In November In Wayne County

The list below includes many opportunities to get an early start on that holiday gift list, or get some great decorative items for your home for the holidays–also events for pure entertainment.  Check out for the full run down of events for the weekend.


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Unicef Fair & Craft Show Today

Thur & Fri-November 4th & 5th, 3pm – 5:30 pm, West Richmond Friends (SW 7th & West Main Street)

Partnering with Richmond Friends School this is a fundraiser for UNICEF.  Upstairs will be a variety of craft vendors—i.e. wood, textile and bead crafts.   Downstairs the school will have informational booths, foods & games of the countries where UNICEF works.  15% of vendors sales will be donated to UNICEF. Contact Josh Brown at 962-4485 for more information.  Buy local and support a good cause.

Annual Holiday Bazaar: Golay Center Cambridge City

Fri, November 5, 11am – 7pm & Saturday Nov 6th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As you enter Cambridge City on the Right.  The annual Holiday Bazaar at the Golay Center in Cambridge City includes a large selection of handmade crafts to choose from.  There are also several fun packages which will be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Center.  It’s a great way to Buy Local.

Holiday Bazaar: Lewisburg Ohio

Fri, November 5, 9am – 6pm

Trinity Lutheran Church: Lewisburg Ohio.  This Bazaar includes all handmade crafts by local crafts people–some from Wayne County. Another chance to support local crafts people and knock off a few items from your gift list at the same time.

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Vintage Car Show: Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds

Includes models from a range of periods, and is open to the public. Nov 6 – 7 2010.  If you are into history and automobiles of different eras—take a step back in time for a tour of these amazingly preserved cars.

Clear Creek Coop Cooking Classes

Sat, November 6, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, at the Richmond Church of the Brethren.

Just in time for the holidays: Healthy Cooking theme: Healthy and Sugar Free Cooking: learn how to cook delicious food that is still healthy and sugar free, great for diabetics or people avoiding sugar for any reason. Cost $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members. Register by calling Coop- 765-939-4390.

Capitol Steps: Civic Hall Performing Arts

Civic Hall Performing Arts Center; Richmond IN;  Sat, November 6, 8pm – 10pm

A political comedy, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. They represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. 29 recorded albums and featured on several news stations–you won’t want to miss this well-known comedy. Cost: Adults: 28.00 Students: 20.00.  This is nearly sold out so call today.

Have a great weekend!  And write to us about what you did in Wayne County–we would love to hear from you.

Reporting Live: Small Animal and Pet Shows 4-H Fair

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4-H Fair Leader

This morning bright and early we visited the Raper Center which is filled with small animals as cute as can be.  Their owners are just as cute.

On our way to the cat show we stopped to see some other 4-H animal exhibits and talked with the children who are competing.

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Lakota and her duck

First stop a shot of a 4-H fair leader preparing the young people and animals for competition.  Next on to the show chickens, which are not your common variety chickens as they come in all colors and sizes.

One of the parents of a 4-H’er allowed my daughter to pet a duck which went over really well.  The young owner of the duck, Lakota has been showing animals for the past six years.  She is now the ripe old age of 15.

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Noah and Cole with Rabbits and Mary Grace

Next we talked to brothers Noah and Cole.  Noah, the oldest is competing in his second year with rabbits including the lop eared he is shown with.  His brother Cole is showing as well for the first time and shown next to his brother with a smaller rabbit.  When asked why they like being at the fair Noah said, “It’s a good place with good food.”  Cole who looked to be about five years old said “I like it in the shade.”

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Rebekah with Cat Judge

Rebekah seen with the cat judge later told us that she likes the competition because she “has a lot of cats.”  And really likes them.  She shared that the cats are judged by their personality, cleanliness and grooming, etc.  We talked to other cat owners like

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Emily with her Kitten Stormcloud

Emily Schroeder, 14 years old,  who is showing a 3 month old black cat named Storm Cloud.  She loves the 4-H fair because she says “I love animals.”  He mother told us that they joke with her that she will be the “crazy cat lady down the street one day”  but are encouraging her in her interest in veterinary school.

It was so nice to see kids up early in the morning and dedicated to their animals at the 4-H fair.  These are really special young people.  Hope you all can come out and meet some of them and their animals.

GoWayneCounty Will Be Reporting Live From The Wayne County 4-H Fair June 19-20

For our continuing coverage of Wayne County’s Bi-centennial Celebration, the staff and Editor of will be set up and reporting live from the fairgrounds.

the go wayne county teamSaturday June 19 through Sunday June 20th we will be sharing with you, our community, up to the minute action at the Fair. Situated between the Kuhlman Center, Raper Expo Center and the Warm Glow tent we will be in the midst of the most activity for the bicentennial exhibits.

NEW! Click to Download the Event Schedule! (Adobe PDF)

We hope to bring to you exciting video, pictures and stories throughout the weekend. But we would also like to see you all there.  Come to the table and say hello. If you know someone who hasn’t become a member yet bring them by as well. We will be giving away a t-shirt each day we are there to someone who enters their name in the drawing and becomes a member.

There will be exciting new updates to at our table, including a mock-up of the paper edition of GWC set to go to print sometime in July. If you own a business in Wayne County and would like to talk about advertising–we will have examples of ads at the table as well and can sign you up the same day. Our design staff can create an ad for you if you don’t have a design already which is included with your ad fee.

So come on out and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the Wayne County 4-H Fair 2010! (We’ve already been out and decided what we want to eat).

See you there!

GWC Editor & Staff

Wayne County 4-H Fair 2010: June 19th – 26th, Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Wayne County

By Karole Passmore

wayne county bicentennialThis year the Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds will be inundated with exciting events for all ages and interests.  Celebrating the Centennial of Wayne County, the fairgrounds will also be home to many exhibits and reenactments featuring Wayne County’s 200 year history.

Along with the ever-popular tractor pulls, racing events, bands, livestock and small animal competitions, and our own American Idol contests, there will be new events at the fair this year.  One feature of the celebration of our history will be a Civil War Ball held June 19th at 8 pm, the public is welcome to step back in time at this event.  There will also be a Wayne County Bicentennial Book & Souvenir Store June 19-25 housed in the Raper Center.

Each day will feature Bicentennial activities at the Living History Tent also located on the fairgrounds.

Some of the events which will take place on Saturday, June 19th will include:

  • 10:30 AM Infantry Drill
  • 12 NOON Artillery Demonstration
  • 1:30 PM 1770-1860 Fashion Show – Warm Glow Candle Tent
  • 2 PM – 9 PM 4-H Open Class Exhibits Open – Kuhlman Center
  • 2 PM – 10 PM Antique Tractor & Machinery Show
  • 3 PM Civil War Skirmish
  • 10 PM Artillery Night Fire – Re-enactment Camp

This is just an excerpt from a list of historical events which will take place during the Historical Timeline on June 19th at the 4-H fair as well as other days through the week.

For children there will be many entertaining activities including:

  • Kids Casting (Fishing) Contest Ages 7-14 yrs. – Outdoor Platform
  • Silly Safari Live Animal Show – Activity Tent (Tuesday & Thursday:     5:30 & 7:00 p.m.)
  • Baby Contest & Miss & Mister Contest (Must register by June 12th-     Shannon Russell 765-977-0028)
  • Poor Jack Amusements daily June 21-26
  • FIREWORKS at dark on Friday, June 25th
  • Entertainment by the Balloon Man – Mr. Twister – June 21-25

There will be many other family fun activities at the fair (far too many to list here).  For more information about the Wayne County 4-H Fair 2010 visit their website.  For more information about the celebration of 200 years of Wayne County you can contact:  Carolyn Lafever 765-489-5429.

We’ll see you at the fair!