Hot start for 4-H Fair

    Adams County's 2011 4-H Fair opened Sunday at the Monroe fairgrounds and it seems destined to be one of the hottest in years.
    A National Weather Service meteorologist in Indianapolis said a heat wave expected to crest this week will likely linger for several days.
    According to meteorologist Dave Tucek, the weather service expects the heat wave to drag on until at least July 25. An excessive heat watch has been issued for Tuesday through at least Saturday.
    The temperature was in the mid-90s under plenty of sunshine for the fair's opening day. Shade and water (and soda) were precious commodities.
    A high near 90 degrees was forecast for the Decatur/Monroe area today, with heat index values as high as 100. Forecasters said there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in this area today and again tonight, with some severe storms possible.
    Tuesday will bring a high near 91, with heat index values around 101 and a 40 percent chance of showers and storms, both in the daytime and at night.
    The weather bureau is predicting highs of 94 on Wednesday and 96 on Thursday, with no chances of precipitation mentioned. Lows are expected to be in the low to mid 70s all week.

Big crowds
    Despite the heat and extreme dryness, many people flocked to the fair on its opening day, with numerous activities held.
    The annual Miss Adams County contest held last night was won by Sarah Sipe, an Adams Central High School graduate and the daughter of John and Jill Sipe or rural Monroe. She received a number of gifts, including a $300 college scholarship, and will represent the county in the Miss Indiana State Fair Queen contest later this summer.
    Sipe was also named Miss Congeniality.
    Taya Ashley was the first runnerup and recipient of a $200 scholarship while Kaylea Kongar was second runnerup and winner of a $100 scholarship
    Katie Bluhm received the Viewers' Choice award.