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
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
“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
“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.”