Food and 4-H fun on tap Saturday

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — Food, family and 4-H fun are on tap with a host of events including the annual county-wide 4-H barbecue at the Miami County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

Saturday’s events kick-off with the county’s annual horse show at the horse arena beginning at 8 a.m., followed by the Miami County Junior Fair King and Queen Contest at 1:30 p.m. and the barbecue kicks off at 4 p.m.

The barbecue will feature a silent auction, which includes baskets donated by each of the county’s respective 4-H clubs. The silent auction will also feature the chance to win two halves of a custom butchered side of pork valued at $400. The silent auction will close at 6 p.m. and winners, who must be present to win, will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

The annual event is the Miami County 4-H organization’s main fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from the annual event provides funding for a long list of the organization’s awards, ribbons, judging fees and other supplies for the county’s nearly 800 4-H members.

“The 4-H barbecue proceeds go to the county’s 4-H assessment fees fund to help purchase project ribbons, trophies, 10 year awards and plaques, 4-H and Cloverbud camp scholarship — you name it and it’s in 4-H this event helps pay for it,” said 4-H organizer Craig Lichtenberg. “Every Miami County 4-H member benefits from this fundraiser in some way. Each member helps with the event in some way along with dozens of our great volunteers.”

The meal will feature barbecued pork or beef, chips, a drink and a wide variety of pies, cakes and sweets including ice cream to dine at the fairgrounds or for carry-out.

The Miami County Agricultural Society is sponsoring a free kiddie tractor pull, which will begin at 4 p.m. The Troy Police Department will offer a free bicycle safety course for children from 4-6 p.m. At the completion of the course, each child will receive a free bicycle helmet while supplies last. The Troy-Miami County Public Library will also be on site from 4-6 p.m.

As the barbecue winds down, the fun will ramp up with the traditional barbecue dance, which will be DJ’d by 4-H volunteer Dan Sturgill.

The event is supported by the Miami County Foundation.

For more information, visit the Miami County 4-H organization’s Facebook page or visit

By Melanie Yingst

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