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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Water fight at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

On the Fourth of July, I was sent out to the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair to shoot features. Quite literally the first thing I spotted after the reporter and I parked was a group of kids having an elaborate water fight in the cow wash stall. I lucked out because I didn’t realize it was a tradition for the members to have a big water fight after they are done competing. As they say, it’s better to be lucky than good. I got wet for the first frame below, but it was totally worth it.

St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

Taylor Lizzi, a 10-year 4-H member from Bremen, reacts as a bucket of cold water is dumped over his head during a water fight in the dairy beef club’s wash stalls during the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair on Friday, July 4, 2014, in South Bend. Several club members took part in the water fight, marking an unofficial end to 4-H competition at this year’s fair. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

Sandy Moser, a parent of a 4-H dairy club member, reacts as Emily Bickel, right, pops a water balloon over her head during a water fight in the club’s wash stalls at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair on Friday, July 4, 2014, in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Demolition Derby

Demolition Derby

Gage Willis leans on a car driven by his friend, Scott Breeding, before the compact car demolition derby on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair in South Bend. Breeding won the compact demolition derby. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Demolition Derby

Brittany Robinson hops into her “Green Machine” (formerly a Chevrolet Beretta) before the start of the compact car demolition derby on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair in South Bend. Robinson finished second in her first-ever demolition derby. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Monday, July 8, 2013

St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

Hayden Blair, 8, tries to corral his unruly goat, Padme, during the Mini 4-H Pet Parade at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

Zachary Hayden, 9, reacts as he races in a pedal car during the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in South Bend. “My legs were hitting my face,” he said. “I think I need a bigger cart.” (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Rabbits at Berrien County Youth Fair

I spent my morning in Berrien Springs, Mich. for the county’s youth fair. The writer and I decided to cover the rabbit show after the event we originally had planned to cover turned out to not be until Thursday morning. I haven’t had the chance to cover very many county fairs this summer, but I’ve enjoyed the rare opportunity to wear my cowboy boots in public.

Madison Ficks, 10, holds her rabbit, Pancake, as she and her family wait in the barn for the two to compete during the Berrien County Youth Fair on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Berrien Springs, Mich. Pancake is a one-year-old Harlequin rabbit. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Madison Ficks, 10, holds her rabbit, Pancake, as she and her family wait in the barn for the two to compete during the Berrien County Youth Fair on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Berrien Springs, Mich. Pancake is a one-year-old Harlequin rabbit. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Youngsters listen to the judge, not pictured, during the market rabbit competition at the Berrien County Youth Fair on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Berrien Springs, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Youngsters listen to the judge, not pictured, during the market rabbit competition at the Berrien County Youth Fair on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Berrien Springs, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pee wee goat showmanship at Cass County Fair

Quinn Curcio tries to convince a reluctant goat to fall in line before the start of the pee wee goat showmanship during the Cass County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 30, 2012, in Cassopolis, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Quinn Curcio tries to convince a reluctant goat to fall in line before the start of the pee wee goat showmanship during the Cass County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 30, 2012, in Cassopolis, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Dustin Luthringer, left, lines up as he takes part in the pee wee goat showmanship during the Cass County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 30, 2012, in Cassopolis, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Dustin Luthringer, left, lines up as he takes part in the pee wee goat showmanship during the Cass County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 30, 2012, in Cassopolis, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The day of the cow at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair

My paper was in need of A1 wild art again today so I was able to convince my editor to let me drive over to Goshen, Ind. for the Elkhart County Fair. The fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country so I figured I might be able to get something out of it. It just so happened that today was the big 4-H dairy show.

Karina Kern, 10, of Goshen, reacts as she hoses down her holstein dairy feeder calf, Dude, during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Goshen, Ind. Kern is showing for her second year in 4-H, but is a fourth-generation participant. Many 4-Hers and their cows filled the stalls on Tuesday afternoon as they prepared for the day's dairy show competitions. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Karina Kern, 10, of Goshen, reacts as she hoses down her holstein dairy feeder calf, Dude, during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Goshen, Ind. Kern is showing for her second year in 4-H, but is a fourth-generation participant. Many 4-Hers and their cows filled the stalls on Tuesday afternoon as they prepared for the day’s dairy show competitions. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Andrea Kline, of Goshen, sits on a fence petting her jersey cow, Present, during a break in the action at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Goshen, Ind. The fairgrounds dairy barns were buzzing Tuesday as participants prepped their cows for the day's various dairy show competitions. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Andrea Kline, of Goshen, sits on a fence petting her jersey cow, Present, during a break in the action at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Goshen, Ind. The fairgrounds dairy barns were buzzing Tuesday as participants prepped their cows for the day’s various dairy show competitions. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Laramie County Fair demo derby

Tim Johnson from Nunn, Colo. uses a wrench to tighten bolts holding the hood of his demolition derby car in place before the derby at the Laramie County Fair on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Frontier Park. "This is my play toy," Johnson said of the vehicle.

Tim Johnson from Nunn, Colo. uses a wrench to tighten bolts holding the hood of his demolition derby car in place before the derby at the Laramie County Fair on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Frontier Park. "This is my play toy," Johnson said of the vehicle.

A demolition derby competitor drives past the photo pit during the Laramie County Fair's demolition derby on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Frontier Park.

A demolition derby competitor drives past the photo pit during the Laramie County Fair's demolition derby on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Frontier Park.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Laramie County Fair mutton bustin

Logan Stockton, 6, falls to the ground after letting go of a sheep during the Laramie County Fair's mutton bustin on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Frontier Park. Stockton scored a 78.

Logan Stockton, 6, falls to the ground after letting go of a sheep during the Laramie County Fair's mutton bustin on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Frontier Park. Stockton scored a 78.

Jackie Cushing, left, covers up to stay dry in a sudden rain shower as she wais for the start of the mutton bustin with her grandchildren Ethan, 10, Lauren, 8, and Maren French, 11, during the Laramie County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Frontier Park.

Jackie Cushing, left, covers up to stay dry in a sudden rain shower as she wais for the start of the mutton bustin with her grandchildren Ethan, 10, Lauren, 8, and Maren French, 11, during the Laramie County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Frontier Park.

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