Dog show one of three 4-H events before the fair officially begins

EleanorEleanor Silhan and her Australian Shepherd, Ozzie, compete in the large dog agility course at the Marion County 4-H Dog Show Saturday at the fairgrounds. Betty Ensz, contest judge, said she was glad to see so many different sizes and types of dogs. ?I am very proud of all of you,? she told the handlers. 4-H competitions actually began Thursday with the style show at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. The annual 4-H Horse Show was planned for Monday evening with food judging and a life skills judging in Tuesday morning. Today is the first official day of the fair. The traditional evening kickoff event, the fair parade through downtown Hillsboro, has been moved to 10 a.m. Saturday?one of several changes made to this year?s fair. Fair organizers planned the return of a carnival this summer. The Fun Times Carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with an extra session from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The 2014 fair will climax Saturday with its most popular event, the annual demolition derby in the fairgrounds arena. For more about the dog show, see Page 7.

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