It's finally here! The Hamilton County 4-H Fair kicks off on Thursday July 15. Located at 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, the annual 4-H Fair not only includes great food (and great animals), but it also includes a number of events going on all in one fairground. One of the events is with The Indiana Blood Center's Mobile unit. This will be open on July 16 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The blood drive will be located north of the Swine Barn. Blood donors will be receiving a voucher for a free milkshake and a ticket to upgrade a meal in the Hamilton County Producers Tent. Be sure to stop by, give blood, and save a life! Returning to the fair is the 6th annual "4-H CAN Make a Difference" food drive. Fair guests can join forces with the Good Samaritan and Hamilton County 4-H Program in this effort. The public is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items such as canned soup, vegetables, beans, peanut butter, pasta, cereal/oatmeal, powdered milk, and rice to the fair. To drop off items, check out the Exhibition Center Hall B during the 4-H Fair. Know of a shinning star in the Hamilton County area? Make sure they check out the Hamilton County Youth Talent Contest being held in Exhibition Center Hall A. There will be a junior contest for ages 12 and under beginning at 2 p.m. The senior contest for ages 13-21 will begin at 4:30 p.m. Applications are due to the Purdue Extension Hamilton County office (317-776-0854) by noon on Saturday, July 17. Remember, space is limited! Do you have a glamorous dog or a divalicious cat? If so, make sure to check out the Hamilton County 4-H Pet Parade Sunday, July 18, 2010 during the 4-H Fair! The Pet Parade is being held in the rabbit tent (west of the O.V. Wink building) at the fairgrounds at 6:00 p.m. Participants must be between 2-8 years old and be accompanied by their favorite pet. If you'd like to participate, make sure to stop by at the Rabbit Tent at 5:30 p.m. for registration. You must remember to bring proof of current rabies vaccinations at the time of registration. After the event is over, all pets must return to their respectable homes outside of the 4-H fairgrounds. Once all the excitement from the Pet Parade cooled down, you have to check out the Homemade Ice Cream Contest. YUM! Bring a family recipe and join the fun at the Homemade Ice Cream contest on Friday, July 16, 2010.  The contest will be held in the 4-H Commons on the east side of the Show Arena. Each team will consist of 2-4 people and have 40 minutes to make their favorite ice cream recipe! Prizes from local businesses will be awarded from three different prizes. Make sure if you are participating and using eggs that they must use cooked eggs, egg substitutes, or powdered eggs (or possible recipes without eggs). For more information or a registration form, contact the Purdue Extension Hamilton County Office at (317) 776-0854. This is one 4-H Fair that you and your family won't want to miss! Signing off, Intern Marisa