Larger turnout for Ag Olympics


By Michael Williamson - mwilliamson@aimmediamidwest.com



Kids trying to roll barrels to opposite end of area Friday at the Madison County Fair.


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Devin Howard, Ag Olympics leader, explains the rules for the event’s games Friday at the Madison County Fair.


Michael Williamson | The Madison Press

Emily Davis, Fair Queen and Vice President of Junior Fair Board, oversees competing teams Friday at the Madison County Fair.


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Scenes from the Madison County Fair.

Heavy rains were nowhere to be seen Friday afternoon at the Madison County Fair for the playing of the Ag Olympics, a series of games held in the sheep area Show Arena. The games kicked off at 2:30 p.m. to bleachers full of cheering fans.

Put on by the Junior Fair Board’s Special Interest Committee, the event welcomed all 4-H-aged kids who wanted to participate. “It’s something fun for the kids to do and, this year, we’ve had a better turnout than in years past,” said Emily Davis, Fair Queen and Vice President of the Junior Fair Board. “I’m happy to see a lot of people show interest.”

Devin Howard, the fair’s Beef Ambassador, was in charge of organizing the event and doubled as the event’s announcer. “We try to come up with games that are fun,” Howard said. “I find some of them online and we try to do things that are different.”

Howard has been in charge of the games for three years.

There are five total games, each are played by groups of four to six kids. Among the games were “Cup Stack,” balloon-herding, barrel rolling, a water bottle game involving spraying water into a teammate’s mouth and a sponge relay. The relay had eight fair ambassadors stand in the center of the court while teams of kids tried to hit them on the back with water-soaked sponges.

Although there were a running tally of winners, the games were more of an opportunity for kids to be active and have fun.

Kids trying to roll barrels to opposite end of area Friday at the Madison County Fair.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Barrellspiccol.jpgKids trying to roll barrels to opposite end of area Friday at the Madison County Fair. Michael Williamson | The Madison Press

Devin Howard, Ag Olympics leader, explains the rules for the event’s games Friday at the Madison County Fair.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Howardpiccol.jpgDevin Howard, Ag Olympics leader, explains the rules for the event’s games Friday at the Madison County Fair. Michael Williamson | The Madison Press

Emily Davis, Fair Queen and Vice President of Junior Fair Board, oversees competing teams Friday at the Madison County Fair.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_Davispiccol.jpgEmily Davis, Fair Queen and Vice President of Junior Fair Board, oversees competing teams Friday at the Madison County Fair. Michael Williamson | The Madison Press

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