Traditions will continue this year at the Jasper County Youth Fair.

Traditions will continue this year at the Jasper County Youth Fair.

Every year, the youth fair grounds in Municipal Park come alive with people, animals and exhibits. Bob McNary, the 4H youth development specialist for Jasper County, said the fair attracts 300-400 young participants and about 5,000 people visiting the event.

“The fair is something our county and the Carthage community can be proud of,” McNary said. “We have a lot of hard working exhibitors and families that make it a success. It’s a family affair – and I think that’s what I’m proud of most.”

The fair is a time for local youngsters in 4-H, FFA and other youth organizations to showcase a year’s worth of hard work and learning in projects. For some, exhibits are examples of several years’ worth of dedication and pride. Visitors can expect to see many kinds of animals, displays of research in numerous fields of study, talents in welding and other crafts, the annual royal pageants, food and fun games, and of course the fellowship between local families. The House of Bounce will provide three, big, inflatable ways for the youngsters to have fun too.

The event kicks off with a workday, this year slated for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday all across the grounds. Anyone interested in helping clean up the grounds and prepare for the fair is welcome.

Love horses? The annual Horse Show is set for Monday evening at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena, which is just south of the fair grounds. The Horse Games will be held Saturday, July 13 morning in the same location.