Exhibits and fair food and rides, oh my! | City and State

The Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair is underway and runs through Saturday.

The fairgrounds has free on-site parking and a shuttle service to off-site parking. Entrance to the fair is free, but some activities like meals and the carnival cost money.

Every day at the fairground offers different events.

The 4-H cat show was the opening animal show on Friday. 4-H members brought their cats of several different categories, including kitten, beginner adult shorthair, longhair, senior and show cat.

Cats are primarily judged for their cleanliness, health, and grooming. Most judgments are about what the participant knows about the cat and what they do for the cat.

“(They ask questions like) How do you groom him? Where do you go for her nails? How old is he?” said Mason Appleton, 10, a contestant in this year’s Adult Shorthair Contest with his cat, Shadow.

Madi Walkup has been part of the 4-H cat show for six years. She showed several cats at this time. Last year, her cat, Agnes, was the best in show, while her adult cat, George, entered for the first time this year.

But the shows aren’t just for people showing animals. Angela Ward-Ferguson had never heard of a cat show before, so she decided to check it out.

“Abigail (her 2-year-old daughter) loves cats,” she said. “We like dogs more, but we wanted exposure to cats.”

Almost daily there are animal shows including dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, pigs, horses and ponies. On Friday there will be a livestock auction.

Some fun events this week:

A parade of vintage tractors will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

A 4-H Llama Costume and Fun Show will take place in the Fairground Colosseum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Barbershop Quartet and Choir, Tippecanotes, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Special Events Tent.

For more information on the shuttle service and daily schedule, visit tippe4hfair.org.

The carnival opened on Saturday and is open at the following times (weather permitting):

Monday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Family Deal Day: All rides require a ticket.)

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Two-for-Thursday: Two people ride for the price of one)

Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday: Opens at 5 p.m. (Last Night Fair Special: All rides take one ticket.)

Other events this week and all summer:

Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday: Marvel: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the PMU Ever True Stage. Snacks and prizes offered.

Meet, greet and eat with the heroes of the game Bowl: 6 p.m. at Bruno’s (212 Brown St., West Lafayette). Meet Aidan O’Connell, Broc Thompson and Payne Durham. Cost $50, additional autographs $10 each.

Wednesday

Frank Muffin live: 7 p.m. at Teays River Brewing (3000 S. 9th St., Lafayette).

West Lafayette Farmers Market: 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cumberland Park.

Thursday

Purdue Farmers Market: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Memorial Mall.

Merlin’s Board Game Meetup: 5-10 p.m. every Thursday at Merlin’s Beard in downtown Lafayette. The games are free all summer. Meet new people, play board games and eat food.

Life-size games: From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Mall (Memorial Mall, West Lafayette). Location of the Rain Armory.

Laugh a lot in Lafayette: 7-11 p.m. at the Rat Pak Venue (102 N. 3rd St. second floor, Lafayette). Monthly comedy from Funny Money Entertainment Group. Early bird tickets are $30, after $35. Only for 18+.

Friday

Summer Concert Series: From 6-8 p.m. every Friday, the Purdue Memorial Union will host a different musical number. Free with Purdue ID.

Makeup in the dark: 5-8 p.m. at the Tippecanoe Mall (2415 Sagamore Parkway S., Lafayette). Best UV Makeup Contest: $30 entry fee for a chance to win $200. Live entertainment, drinks, raffles.

Saturday

Wolf Park Howl Night: 7-8:30 p.m. every Saturday at Battle Ground Park. Most tickets are $12.

Lafayette Farmer’s Market: From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in downtown Lafayette.

Social Neapolitan Ice Cream: Noon to 2 p.m. at Gibson Farmhouse Kitchen at The Farm at Prophetstown. $3 a cup, while supplies last. Entrance to the park not included.

Showcase of the creator of matchboxes: 2-6 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio (17 S. 6th Street, Lafayette). Wander the stalls of local makers, shop for local crafts, learn how items are made with live demonstrations. Free.

Star City Blues and Jazz: 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Fifth Street, between Main and Columbia streets and in nearby Lafayette alleys. Tickets are $10. Will host local jazz and blues musicians.

Punk night at the Pub: 8 p.m. at the North End Pub. With Amuse, Yesterday’s Chips, Dopplepopolis and The Enstrangers. $10.

Coming

2022 Subaru Challenge: Registrations close on Friday July 22, reserved for the first 100 cars. The event is Sunday, July 24. At Subaru of Indiana Automotive (5500 IN-38 East, Lafayette). An autocross event open to all experience levels.

“Truths and Myths of Tippecanoe County History”: 11:30 a.m. July 26 at the History Center, 522 Columbia St., Lafayette.

Art in the Park Dance Party: 6-8:30 p.m. July 26 at Columbian Park, 1915 Scott St., Lafayette. Free.

Smallholder Farming Education Day: July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Purdue Student Farm (1491 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette). Purdue experts will lead demonstrations that will include varieties of beans, onions, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes in various production systems. Free.

4th Annual Wea Creek Orchard Sunflower Festival: July 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Wea Creek Orchard (5618 S. 200 E., Lafayette). Vendors, food trucks and live entertainment will be there. There will be a $5 admission fee per car, but all festival activities are free.

The Cozy Reunion with 50 Six Feet: July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Rat Pak Venue. Guest performances by Delaying the Inevitable, Max Hendricks and Karaoke with Bobby & Stacy. Advance tickets are $5. Tickets are $10 at the door. 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink, must bring ID.

Art in the Park Jazz Night: 5-7 p.m. August 2 at Armstrong Park.

Indiana State Fair Free Concerts: Part of the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage program, July 29-August 21 (Fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays). First come, first served. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified. The schedule includes:

Kansas, July 29 (opening day)

Jesse McCartney—July 30

We the Kingdom—July 31

Chaka Khan – August 3

Gone to Paradise (Jimmy Buffett Tribute) – August 4

Travis Tritt – August 5

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – August 6

Trace Adkins – August 10

Too Fighters (Foo Fighters Tribute) – August 11

KC & The Sunshine Band – August 12

(Latino-Fest at the Indiana State Fair) – August 13

Zach Williams – August 14

Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The

Association, The Classics IV, The Vogues, The Cowsills – August 17

Small Town (tribute to John Mellencamp) – August 18

Carly Pearce – August 19

Gospel Music Day with Fred Hammond – August 21

El Dia de los Latinos at the Feria del Estado de Indiana – August 21

Perseids Meteor Shower Party: August 12, 10 p.m. to midnight at Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park. The annual shooting star event that marks the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a chair or blanket to lie on, friends, and glow sticks.

In progress

Self-guided tours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the Haan Museum of Indiana Art (920 State St., Lafayette). Learn about the rich history of the museum that was once part of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. You’ll see quirky Hoosier paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, all while surrounded by ornate American furniture.

Celery Bog Birds: By Dan Miller, through July 30 at Artists Own (518 Main St., Lafayette). A captioned photographic exploration of the birds of the West Lafayette wetland.

Julia P. Cluff