Volunteers grill corn on the cob at the Harrison Kiwanis tent. The group was one of many local organizations selling food at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair this summer.
Volunteers grill corn on the cob at the Harrison Kiwanis tent. The group was one of many local organizations selling food at the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair this summer.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair is a tradition that dates back 84 years.

Although the fairgrounds are in the heart of bustling Lafayette, it feels like a small-town affair. 4-H alumni gathered to catch up, families walked through the livestock barns and many visitors enjoyed their favorite fair food.

The Tippecanoe County 4-H Junior Leaders ran a food booth to raise money for their organization. The Junior Leaders program promotes leadership development in young adults.

“It’s been crazy, but it’s been a lot of fun,” said Alec Ward, a Junior Leader who worked at the food booth. “I’ve learned a lot. I get to learn a lot of new skills and help around the community. It’s just a lot of fun.”

The 4-Hers sold pizza and salads from a local pizzeria, as well as soda and snow cones.

Shelby Ward, Purdue Extension summer assistant, helped supervise the Junior Leaders.

“They’re learning a lot about customer service, networking and working with other people,” she said. “They’re learning marketing skills and also leadership skills. It’s about communication and understanding what’s going on.

“The proceeds go directly to the Junior Leader Club. They use it for programs and activities that they do throughout the year. They use if for the achievement trip that they take after completing Junior Leaders.”

Other attractions at the fair included tractor pulls, 4-H shows and Midway rides.

“It’s gone very well,” said Roberta Crabtree, county Extension director. “We’ve had wonderful weather and big crowds. We had lots of different livestock shows, the queen contest and the greased watermelon contest.”

“There was a kiss-a-pig event to raise scholarship money. And last year we started doing tours for pre-schools. They come and our summer assistants show them around.”