County fair to begin
By Lauren Vaught
Remembering the sights, sounds and smells of the Morgan County Fair, sponsored by the Madison Lions Club, has everyone thinking about this year's upcoming events, food and music. Expect to see similar events as previous years at the fair. However, you will find some new flavor to this year’s festivities and food.
“The fair is based around the youth of Morgan County,” said Scott Harris, Lions Club member. The Madison Area Commercial Dairy Heifer Show will show their livestock on Wednesday, October 1.
Many youth organizations, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, are involved in the fair this year.
“The 4-H contests give 4-H’ers the opportunity to explore and display their talents, receive rewards for their efforts, and develop sportsmanship while having fun and promoting the 4-H program,” said Laura Rolader, of the Morgan County Extension Office.
The 4-H contests run throughout the week. They are open to all children grades four through 12. On Tuesday, September 30 "Photography" along with "Arts and Crafts" will be judged.
The 4-H Bake-Off is where participants will make foods within five categories: "Cakes," "Cookies," "Candy Treats," "Healthy Snacks" and "Decorated Cakes."
Fair food is always something else to snack on. Many of the same foods will be offered, including the "Lion burger," as well as some new tastes. A new addition, the fried pork loin sandwich will be offered.
“We think it to be a big hit,” said Harris. There will also be elephant ears, which are a cinnamon dessert treat. Pair your food with some great entertainment while watching the Newton Hayride Square Dancers or the Morgan County Marching Band, who will perform on Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall.