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Fair managers still pleased with attendances

By Staff | Jul 31, 2009

Patrick Terhark, of Corwith, a member of Britt Broncos 4H Club, prepares his calf Midnight for competition in the bucket/bottle class with some assistance from his mother, Jackie Terhark.

HAMPTON – Randy Hiscocks, president of the Hancock County Fair board, identified the final ingredient to a successful fair for 2009. “The weather made it,” he said.

Hiscocks said this was his second time on the fair board with a lapse between his two terms and said he had not received as many compliments on the fair as he has had this year. He especially appreciated being thanked by the 4-H members themselves.

Fair attendance records were broken this year with grandstand events being very well attended. Events such as musical entertainment and the demolition derby were just two examples of performances with high ticket sales, Hiscocks said.

The mutton busting had 40 to 45 kids sign up for it and Hiscocks suspected some had to be turned away because the event was not set up for more than that many.

In the livestock show, beef numbers were up while others showed a small decrease, according to Hiscocks.

Erik Goll, of Garner, leads his calf as part of the bucket/bottle calf contest at the Hancock County Fair. This was his third time showing in this event.

Looking ahead to next year, Randy Hiscocks said, “There will be more of the same,” as he was not going to change success. One change for next year’s fair is the date going to July 28 to Aug. 2 to get away from competing with other area fair dates.

Hiscocks was concerned about the changes being made in the consolidation of the Iowa State county Extension directors and how that would affect the 4H program in each county. “I’m afraid it may not be the same,” he said.

Contact Clayton Rye by e-mail at crye@wctatel.net.

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Patrick Terhark of Corwith was awarded overall reserve champion at the Hancock County Fair. The son of Bruce and Jackie Terhark, this was his first year in 4H.