Chandler Humble climbed on the rails at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on a sticky Wednesday afternoon, wiping the manes and noses of his family's horses Cody and Pumpkin as his mom washed them off.

Chandler Humble climbed on the rails at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on a sticky Wednesday afternoon, wiping the manes and noses of his family's horses Cody and Pumpkin as his mom washed them off.
A Girard 7-year-old, Humble was taking part in the first day of the Crawford County Fair, and his first day of involvement there.
"I like everything," Humble said. "I like the carnival. I like the ice cream. I like the animals. I like everything."
Humble, who said he didn't like anything about washing horses except getting himself wet and playing around, is one of the many 4-H'ers set to compete in a variety of tasks over the next several days. Humble will be showing his cross-bred pig Mylie as part of the Girard 4-H team today.
A walk around the fairgrounds turns up more 4-H competitions, from poultry to livestock. Rabbits named Kaz, Peanut and Puzzle will be among the judged over the next few days.
Then, there's the arts and crafts side, where one competitor built a ceramic Humpty Dumpty sitting on a block wall. Other projects included pots and pans, pictures of family members and the Incredible Hulk, a galactic starfighter made of Legos and photography.
Children will also compete in a number of other competitions, like the kiddie tractor pull, and will have the option to ride carnival rides, eat ice cream or grab food from one of many vendors.
Dean Stites, Crawford County extension agent, said everything had gone smoothly so far.
"We have all the animals weighed other than the livestock, so we're moving pretty well," Stites said. "That's really due to all the volunteers we have here. Without them, we couldn't do any of this.
"But they've been working with us for a long time now, and they know what to do and how to help. They do everything, and they don't get paid one red cent."
Stites, the veteran of many a Crawford County Fair, said his favorite part was whenever a child won a contest they weren't expecting.
"The look on their face is what it's all about," Stites said. "That's a neat thing to see."
Stites said Crawford County was lucky to have a great fair.
"It's certainly a great event for a community," Stites said. "There's a great pride for it, and everybody seems to have a good time. A lot of people are going to come out. It's going to be thousands."