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Summer with Smithville

Summertime means long trips away from home, movie marathons when it's too hot to go outside, recording the 4th of July fireworks show with your cell phone, and visits from friends and family who need to access your Wi-Fi network. Summertime is the perfect time for Smithville security, television, cellular service, and internet service. County fairs are another reason you can enjoy Summer with Smithville. We'll be in attendance at both of these southern Indiana fairs. Stop by the Smithville booth to learn more about our services, enter drawings for cool stuff, or to just say "Hi."

Monroe County Fair

July 23 – 30, 2016 5700 Airport Rd, Bloomington, IN 47403 Monroe County Fair With over 150 years of tradition, the Monroe County Indiana Fair is held the end of July with numerous family-friendly events and activities, including:
  • Monster Truck Show
  • 4H Family Fun Night
  • Steve Kinser Meet and Greet
  • Bell & Cook Music Act
  • Jake Dodds
  • Lawn Mower, Quad, and Motorcycle Racing
  • Demo Derby Racing
  • Midget Racing
  • Mini Sprints Racing
  • Hillbilly Truck and Tractor Pull

2016 Dubois County 4-H Fair

July 19 – 23, 2016 4157 IN-162, Huntingburg, IN 47542 Dubois County 4-H Fair You won't want to miss a minute of the Dubois County 4-H Fair.
  • Mini Dubois County 4-H Royalty Pageant
  • Run 4 Fun 5K
  • Hay Wire Concert
  • 4-H Talent Night
  • Lil' Monster Trucks
  • Don Baggett: Magician
  • Linda Smith Band
  • ATV Flat Drag Racing
  • Lawnmower & Demolition Derby
Stop by the Smithville booth at either the Monroe County Fair or Dubois County 4-H Fair in late July. We look forward to seeing you there.

Fair Tips

Make your time at the county fairs both safe and enjoyable with these planning tips:
  • Immediately upon arriving, identify a family meeting place in case you get separated.
  • Program your phone with an alarm for important events, such as concerts or showing times. Make sure to allow enough travel time to walk to the activity.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water and cold drinks. Check in advance to see if you can bring in your own drinks or water bottles.
  • Stay cool by using wet towels or handkerchiefs placed around your neck. It also helps to run cold water across your wrists for a minute or two.
  • Douse yourself and the kids with both sunscreen and bug spray before arriving. And bring extra with you for reapplication throughout the day.
  • Write your name and cellphone number on a young child's wrist and paint over it with liquid bandage for all day wear.
  • Always wear closed toe shoes to fair and exhibit events.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating and upon arriving home.
Funnel cake

Funnel Cake At Home

Certain foods are ubiquitous with fair season including lemonade shakeups, elephant ears, chili dogs, cotton candy, and corn dogs. But none are more preferred than Funnel Cakes with its combination of fried dough and mountains of powdered sugar. Just in case you can't make it to the fair this year (or you weren't able to visit the funnel cake vendor enough times), we've included an at-home recipe here:

Funnel Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Confectioners sugar
  1. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. In another mixing bowl, stir together eggs, milk, vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep pot to 350 degrees.
  4. Put batter in a plastic sandwich bag. Cut a small hole in the corner and squeeze into the hot oil in a random pattern. Fry until golden brown and flip over to the other side.
  5. Drain on paper towel, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
Galaxy S7 phone

Cellular Solutions

The TECHNOLOGY Powered by Smithville store has rolled out its "Smithville Cellular EXTRA" program, which provides an installment plan with zero down and 24 months of installment payments with no interest on the latest devices, including the iPhone 6S and newly-arrived Galaxy S7. This is a great way to access the fastest 4G network with an updated cellular phone. Also, add or upgrade a line to a new iPhone SE for only $4.99 per month for the first 12 months and get free data for life! Call (812) 935-TECH for more information or check out
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Local Channel WJTS Now Available

Smithville TV has added the local channel WJTS to the Evansville DMA (Designated Market Area), which covers Jasper and Griffin, Indiana. Effective June 15th, 2016, the local news station WJTS will begin airing on Channel 18. Channel 18 will offer 24/7 programming with a local focus. Programming includes regional information such as Channel 18 News, city council meetings, and local high school sports, as well as syndicated shows such as The Lucy Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Recipe TV, Comics Unleashed, Jack Hanna, and American Trends with Dr. Gina.

Summer Security

With families going on vacation and long holiday weekends, summer is the ideal time to consider home security with Smithville. With a simple phone call, you can assure your home, your belongings, and your loved ones are protected 24/7, 365 days a year with our Honeywell Total Connect security system. Call (800) 742­-4084 for a no-obligation home assessment.
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Tech Talk: Smithville and Total Connect

Join us for two FREE Tech Talks in July concerning Smithville Security and the Total Connect System. Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 6-7 pm Tech Talk: Smithville Security and Total Connect Learn how Smithville Security can protect what matters most: your family. Experience the features and functionality of Total Connect. Learn how you can automate your home and monitor your security system from your smartphone or tablet. Our Tech Talks are held at the Technology Powered by Smithville store, 4011 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington. Register for this free event here.
The World's Fair ferris wheel 1893

Did You Know?

The State or County Fair is one of the most classic American traditions and mainstay of summer. In 1811, New Englander Elkanah Watson created the first agricultural fair in the U.S in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Cattle Show exhibited animals and awarded prize money to the best oxen, cattle, swine, and sheep. With the partnership of 4-H and the lure of new technology being demonstrated to mass fair-goers, attendance has continued to boom with over 3,200 fairs in North America each year. The Saint Louis World's Fair in 1904 gave us the first "fast foods" with hotdogs and ice cream being served along the midway. Fair exhibits were used to display the newest technology and mass market inventions included the Ferris wheel, diesel engines, and even the telephone.
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