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4-H Fair: Looking back on 50 years

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Jasper High School senior Melanie Patterson has been participating in 4-H since she was in 3rd grade. For this year’s fair, she is submitting 44 projects ranging from scrapbooking to genealogy. Patterson printed out photos from her trip to New York City this past December as well as ticket stubs to use in her scrapbook. “Scrapbooking is nice because you can go back look at the pictures and recapture the memories,” Patterson said. “There’s more to it than sticking photos into an album.”



BRETZVILLE — The 2017 Dubois County 4-H Fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the fairgrounds in Bretzville next week, July 17 to 22. The golden anniversary will be commemorated by celebrating the past, the present and the future, as well as the people involved in the fair.

On Monday the fair will open by taking everyone back to the event’s beginning. At 5 p.m. during the opening ceremony, a time capsule buried 25 years ago will be presented on the free stage adjacent to the Clover Pavilion. From 6 to 9 p.m., an exhibit called “50 Quilts for 50 Years” will be on display in the Clover Pavilion.

The week’s schedule is full to the brim with events. Most are returning spectacles, such as the animal shows and the carnival rides. But this year will also give locals some new twists. On Thursday on the free stage, Grupo Guanaco will perform Latin music for the first time at the fair. On Tuesday, a caricature artist will draw whimsical portraits of guests. Anyone who decides to attend the demolition derby on July 22 will also find themselves at a wedding for Greg (Bubba) Ubelhor and Cheyenne Harris, local demolition derby professionals.

New additions are always a thrill, but the most essential elements to a successful fair are the 4-H members themselves and the projects they bring. Like always, the barns this year will be filled with horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens and much more. And…

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