Two nights of demolition derby action will be featured at the Miami County 4-H Fair in Peru. The car crashing shows will take place on June 29 and 30, the final two days of the fair.
The official fair dates are June 24-30, but activities begin this Saturday, June 23, with the 4-H tractor driving contest at 9 a.m. and the Miss Miami County Princess Pageant at 6 p.m. The only event on Sunday's schedule is a vesper service at 6 p.m. All the action takes place at the fairgrounds north of Peru.
Four-H livestock will be entered on Monday, with small animals to be judged that afternoon. The judging schedule includes poultry, guinea pigs, rabbits and dogs. Another 4-H event is a horse and pony fun show at 6 p.m.
Monday evening features a "Night of Destruction" demolition derby at 7 p.m. in the grandstands. Other activities include a kiddie pedal pull at 7 p.m. and the Miss Miami County Queen Pageant at 7:30.
The swine show begins on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and continues for most of the day. Other 4-H shows will feature cats and goats.
Tuesday will also have a pizza eating contest at 6 p.m., sprint car racing at 6:30, the 4-H fashion revue at 7 and helicopter rides at 8.
Wednesday has beef and sheep judging, at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. The Community Bldg. will host a cookie contest at 10 a.m. The evening entertainment includes an antique tractor parade at 6 p.m., a garden tractor pull and dirt drags, both at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, the grandstand will host a free country music concert by Cook and Belle at 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a cheerleader and dance competition and at 7 will be lawn mower races.
Earlier in the day, the fair will have dairy judging, a horse and pony show, a 4-H graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and the royal showman contest at 7:30.
The highlight of Friday's schedule is the 4-H livestock auction at 6:30 p.m. Earlier events include a horse and pony contest, greased watermelon contest, 4-H fun time at 2:30 p.m., pet parade at 6 p.m. and a talent show at 7:30. At 7 p.m., the grandstands will see the first of two nights of demolition derby action.
The fair concludes on Saturday with a three-on-three basketball tournament at 9 a.m., an open draft horse show at noon, a mini 4-H livestock exhibition at 1 p.m., the Little Miss/Little Mister Contest at 4, an open rabbit show at 6 and a demolition derby at 7.
Entertainment will be offered Monday through Friday evening in the entertainment tent. The featured acts are: Monday, Swampwater Stompers; Tuesday, God's Country; Wednesday, Clogging Clovers; Thursday, Sparrow 5; and Friday, Perus Circus Festival Band.
Carnival rides will be in operation Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until closing.