Saturday, July 22, 2000

Royal salute at fair

4-H alumni honored

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — Along with livestock and produce, memories will be on display as the Butler County Fair celebrates its 150th anniversary.

        The week's activities include a 4-H alumni style show and a salute to past Junior Fair kings and queens during this year's royal competition Sunday evening.

        In Heritage Hall, volunteers have assembled memorabilia tracing the history of this county event from its first plowing match through a visit in the early 1900s by wildly popular politician Warren G. Harding. Jim Graham, grandson of A.B. Graham, a founder of 4-H, has loaned cases full of mementos from that organization's early days.

        The Butler County Fair dates from October 1836, when the two-day affair was held on Courthouse Square in Hamilton. It was officially sanctioned by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in 1851 and moved several years later to its present site at Ohio 4 and Fair Avenue.

        On Sunday, a new Junior Fair office will be dedicated. Also new this year is a one- day expansion of the fair to include Saturday.

        “A lot of people complained that the fair didn't cover a whole weekend,“ said OSU extension agent Julie Dalzell.

        Despite new farm technology and booming development in the county, many things about the fair have remained constant.

        The Junior Fair spotlights the efforts of 4-H members as well as organizations such as Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, Girl Scouts and the Grange Society.

        Aeronautics and rocket science have nudged fair events into the future. Young engineers demonstrated their knowledge of physics and rocket design to judges Friday, then launched their cardboard and plastic creations skyward.

        “They are judged on what they know about physics of rockets, Newton's three laws of motion, and what makes a rocket stable,” said 4-H adviser Mark Ponder, of St. Clair Township, as he watched club member Kurtis Reed prepare his rocket for takeoff.


        What: Butler County Fair

        When: Noon to 11 p.m. Sunday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through July 29.

        Rides: open at noon each day.

        Where: County fairgrounds, Ohio 4 at Fair Avenue.

        Admission: $5 adults; $1 ages 6-12; People 62 and older admitted free on Wednesday.

        Parking: $1.

        Information: 892-1423.


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