NEW RICHMOND - Those of us who live in Montgomery County know it's a special place and Saturday is just one more reason.

Only in Montgomery County will you still find a township 4-H fair.

Beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. Coal Creek Township will have its annual fair.

"It is the only known township fair in the state," Linda Kelp, who along with her husband Mark are the leaders of the Coal Creek Elite 4-H Club. "Many townships used to have the township fair before going to the county fair but as far as we know we are the only one still going. There is one other one around Indianapolis but it is an open show so it's not just for the 4-H kids."

According to Kelp this event started by in the 1930s and originally took place after the State Fair to allow local residents who did not get to the State Fair to see how the local children fared.

Now the event is a chance for those individuals who are preparing to enter their animals and projects in the Montgomery County 4-H Fair to get a little extra preparation.

"A lot of our kids don't show their animals in open shows, so this is a way to get them some experience," she said. "It helps the kids and the animals get use to it a little."

Kelp said what is really good about the fair is the judges will take time to explain to the 4-H'ers what they are doing right and ways they might be able to improve.

"It really is a learning experience and we are thankful for the judges who will do this for the kids," Kelp said.

In addition to showing the animals, projects can be judged as well. In fact, those who bring in projects may get the best end of the deal.

"Two weeks (the amount of time between this event and the county 4-H fair) is a plenty of time to make changes to a project," Kelp said. "It's not that much time to make changes to your animal."

In the past three years or so the numbers have been pretty steady with about 30 animals being shown and about half that many projects. This year Kelp said she is expected to have swine, sheep, goats and cattle to be shown along with llamas for the first time.

Another first-time event will be tractor driving.

"Thanks to Carrie Green and her husband David we will have tractor driving competition," Kelp said. "This is for anyone in our club who is going to enter the county fair competition to have a chance to compete and see what it is going to be like. I think that could be a real benefit for them."

Kelp said it's a laid back and fun day. Of course there will be plenty of food, served by the New Richmond Christian Church.

Breakfast will be served and the menu includes biscuits and gravy (either a half or full order) Pastries Plus donuts, coffee, milk and juice. Lunch will includes pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, homemade potato salad and The event is put on by the Coal Creek Adult Booster Association.