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Elkhart County 4-H Fair-born ‘Dilly Dilly Pickle Dog’ earns nationwide fan base

Tim Yoder, a former fair president and current fair board member, is known for his creative — albeit sometimes unconventional — fair food concoctions, and the Dilly Dilly Pickle Dog is no exception. In the months since the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Yoder’s latest, greatest idea featuring a hotdog-lined, deep-fried dill pickle has gained national attention, including THIS ARTICLE …

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Take a Ride on the Information Highway to the Future at the 2019 Fair

Joshua Culp, the incoming Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board President, knew he wanted the theme and logo for the 2019 Elkhart County 4-H Fair to connect to his love of technology. Friday night, he unveiled the logo and theme to the fair board: “4-H the information highway to the future.” “4-H is the activity where our youth can learn and experience …

Elkhart County 4-H Fair Welcomes New Leader

Miranda Muir is the new general manager of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Beginning mid-September, she will begin to oversee daily operations, personnel, financial reporting, facilities and fair board relations, while providing leadership and vision for the management and continued profitable growth of the fairgrounds — basically making “sure all the inner-workings are working together,” she said. Muir has a long …

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Rain Didn’t Keep Crowds Away for Long

While stormy weather led to lower turnout the first few days of the fair, crowds later in the week brought overall attendance to expected levels. Attendance for the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair totaled 196,131, according to the fair’s ticket committee. The opening Friday and Saturday of the fair were low because of severe rain storms, said Mary Nisly, director of …

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4-H Livestock Auction Again Tops $1.2 million

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock auction again raised more than $1.2 million for 4-Hers in livestock clubs. As of Friday evening, the preliminary total was $1,203,659.20, making it the second highest total in the auction’s history. The all-time record auction total for the Elkhart County 4-H fair livestock auction was set in 2015 at $1,290,596.20. The auction first surpassed the …

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Dance Your Way through the Final Day of the Fair

Love to dance? (Or to watch others tap, tango or jive across stage?) Then tomorrow is especially for you. Not only is Saturday, July 28, National Dance Day, but the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is participating with events from 1 to 8 p.m. The day will highlight several local dance groups and companies and also teach people the steps to …

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A Minor Celebrity at Young MacDonald’s Farm

You might have read about Daisy Redhawk in your local newspaper, seen her on TV news or maybe you follow her on Facebook. This week, she’s taking in the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in the Young MacDonald’s Farm. Daisy is a young calf born last April with her leg bones deformed and only one digit on each of her hooves …

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Still a Chance to See Calves Born at the Fair

Some of the animals that will leave the Elkhart County 4-H Fair at the end of this week didn’t arrive standing or laying in a trailer like most of the animals at the fair. The Miracle of Life Tent, located next door to Young MacDonald’s Farm on the fairgrounds, is home to several pregnant cows all expected to deliver their …

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Can You Handle the Ninja Experience?

The “ninjas” in the Ninja Experience at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair don’t need to visit the midway to spin upside down or hurl themselves in the air. They can do that all on their own. In this half-hour show, performers use their athleticism and agility to complete obstacles and some parkour and freerunning moves to flip and spin across stage. …

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Longest Apple Peel, Rooster Crowing Imitation Contests Part of Tuesday at the Fair

Everyday of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair brings its own exciting competitions, but Tuesday has a few unique contests. The 4-H Poultry Club has the rooster crowing and chicken imitation contests at 10 a.m. at the 4-H Poultry Barn. At 3 p.m., the club hosts the 4-H poultry costume contest. At 11:15 a.m. in the Home & Family Arts Building …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair-born ‘Dilly Dilly Pickle Dog’ earns nationwide fan base

Tim Yoder, a former fair president and current fair board member, is known for his creative — albeit sometimes unconventional — fair food concoctions, and the Dilly Dilly Pickle Dog is no exception. In the months since the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Yoder’s latest, greatest idea featuring a hotdog-lined, deep-fried dill pickle has gained national attention, including THIS ARTICLE …

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Take a Ride on the Information Highway to the Future at the 2019 Fair

Joshua Culp, the incoming Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board President, knew he wanted the theme and logo for the 2019 Elkhart County 4-H Fair to connect to his love of technology. Friday night, he unveiled the logo and theme to the fair board: “4-H the information highway to the future.” “4-H is the activity where our youth can learn and experience …

Elkhart County 4-H Fair Welcomes New Leader

Miranda Muir is the new general manager of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Beginning mid-September, she will begin to oversee daily operations, personnel, financial reporting, facilities and fair board relations, while providing leadership and vision for the management and continued profitable growth of the fairgrounds — basically making “sure all the inner-workings are working together,” she said. Muir has a long …

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Rain Didn’t Keep Crowds Away for Long

While stormy weather led to lower turnout the first few days of the fair, crowds later in the week brought overall attendance to expected levels. Attendance for the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair totaled 196,131, according to the fair’s ticket committee. The opening Friday and Saturday of the fair were low because of severe rain storms, said Mary Nisly, director of …

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4-H Livestock Auction Again Tops $1.2 million

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock auction again raised more than $1.2 million for 4-Hers in livestock clubs. As of Friday evening, the preliminary total was $1,203,659.20, making it the second highest total in the auction’s history. The all-time record auction total for the Elkhart County 4-H fair livestock auction was set in 2015 at $1,290,596.20. The auction first surpassed the …

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Dance Your Way through the Final Day of the Fair

Love to dance? (Or to watch others tap, tango or jive across stage?) Then tomorrow is especially for you. Not only is Saturday, July 28, National Dance Day, but the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is participating with events from 1 to 8 p.m. The day will highlight several local dance groups and companies and also teach people the steps to …

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A Minor Celebrity at Young MacDonald’s Farm

You might have read about Daisy Redhawk in your local newspaper, seen her on TV news or maybe you follow her on Facebook. This week, she’s taking in the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in the Young MacDonald’s Farm. Daisy is a young calf born last April with her leg bones deformed and only one digit on each of her hooves …

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Still a Chance to See Calves Born at the Fair

Some of the animals that will leave the Elkhart County 4-H Fair at the end of this week didn’t arrive standing or laying in a trailer like most of the animals at the fair. The Miracle of Life Tent, located next door to Young MacDonald’s Farm on the fairgrounds, is home to several pregnant cows all expected to deliver their …

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Can You Handle the Ninja Experience?

The “ninjas” in the Ninja Experience at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair don’t need to visit the midway to spin upside down or hurl themselves in the air. They can do that all on their own. In this half-hour show, performers use their athleticism and agility to complete obstacles and some parkour and freerunning moves to flip and spin across stage. …

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Longest Apple Peel, Rooster Crowing Imitation Contests Part of Tuesday at the Fair

Everyday of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair brings its own exciting competitions, but Tuesday has a few unique contests. The 4-H Poultry Club has the rooster crowing and chicken imitation contests at 10 a.m. at the 4-H Poultry Barn. At 3 p.m., the club hosts the 4-H poultry costume contest. At 11:15 a.m. in the Home & Family Arts Building …

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Can You Handle the Ninja Experience?

The “ninjas” in the Ninja Experience at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair don’t need to visit the midway to spin upside down or hurl themselves in the air. They can do that all on their own. In this half-hour show, performers use their athleticism and agility to complete obstacles and some parkour and freerunning moves to flip and spin across stage. …

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Laugh, gasp and applaud the Cincinnati Circus Company

You may not have heard that the Cincinnati Circus Company was coming to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, but this crew of four performers are putting on a show three times a day for the remainder of the fair. Shane, Courtney, Davina and Kevin make up the athletic circus crew that will make you laugh, gasp and applaud every day …

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Opening Day 2018: Queen Contests, Cheerleading, Free Admission for Students, Veterans

Excited to get to the fair on opening day? Well, it’s here! The Elkhart County 4-H Fair officially opens today, July 20, at 8:30 a.m. Here are some highlights of what’s going on today, but check out the Elkhart County 4-H Fair website and program for everything that’s happening. Getting into the Fair Today is not only opening day,  but …

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Rachel Platten brings her ‘Fight Song’ to 4-H Fair Grandstand stage

Empowered the by her inspirational “Fight Song” single, pop singer-songwriter Rachel Platten will bring her entertaining musical style to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Platten, who began her career performing in coffee shops around New York City, will take to the 4-H grandstand stage for a show Wednesday, July 28, 2018. Grandstand seats for are free with the Fair admission ticket, …

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LANCO, Walker Hayes added it Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand music lineup

Two talented young musical acts have been added to the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand lineup. LANCO, a country act which also features an edge of blues and classic rock, will headline the Tuesday, July 24 show. Joining LANCO will be special guest star Walker Hayes. Grandstand seats for are free with the Fair admission ticket, but $35 reserved …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair preparing for an even bigger, better future

Visions for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s future are looking well beyond this summer’s 2018 run. In fact, a broad initiative is eyeing the next two decades and beyond. Coming generations of 4-H’ers and guests will share in a landscape being sculpted to make the already expansive fairgrounds bigger and better than ever. Tabbed as “The Master Plan” by the …

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Daughtry to bring Grammy-nominated music act to 4-H grandstand for 2018

American Idol, meet the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Chris Daughtry, who rose to national musical prominence with a powerful, popular run through the 2006 season of the hit television series “American Idol,” will bring his Grammy-nominated band, Daughtry, to the 4-H grandstand for a marquee Saturday night show in 2018. The concert is scheduled for July 21 at 8 p.m., …

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Casting Crowns will perform at the 2018 Fair

Grammy award-winning group, Casting Crowns will be taking the grandstand stage Monday, July 23, during the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.  CCM band Casting Crowns has achieved sales milestones with 10 million album sells including one RIAA 2x multi-Platinum album, four RIAA Platinum albums, two …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair board approves price adjustments for 2018 event

After nearly a decade of level pricing structure, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair will make adjustments for the 2018 event. Beginning next summer, gate entry at the fairgrounds during the Fair’s 9-day run will move to $10, though children age 9-and-under will still admitted free of charge. Online and pre-sale Fair tickets have been set at $8, and as an …

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It’s a wrap: 4-H Fair draws near record numbers across the board

Fed by rain-free weather, a large Kids’ Day gate and a stuffed-to-the-rafters grandstand crowd for the final-night Demolition Derby show, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair rang up near record numbers for the 2017 edition. The nine-day run from July 21 to July 29 resulted in 202,560 guests at the 4-H Fairgrounds, including a single-day high of 27,178 on Wednesday, July …

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2018 Fair Parade Back to Usual Route

While last year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade included a detour around downtown Goshen construction, this year’s route is back to the usual. The parade, set for Sunday, July 22, will once again begin at Linway Plaza, moving east along Lincoln Avenue, then south on Main Street and east on Madison Street, before a short jog south on U.S. 33 …

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Rachel Platten brings her ‘Fight Song’ to 4-H Fair Grandstand stage

Empowered the by her inspirational “Fight Song” single, pop singer-songwriter Rachel Platten will bring her entertaining musical style to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Platten, who began her career performing in coffee shops around New York City, will take to the 4-H grandstand stage for a show Wednesday, July 28, 2018. Grandstand seats for are free with the Fair admission ticket, …

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LANCO, Walker Hayes added it Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand music lineup

Two talented young musical acts have been added to the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand lineup. LANCO, a country act which also features an edge of blues and classic rock, will headline the Tuesday, July 24 show. Joining LANCO will be special guest star Walker Hayes. Grandstand seats for are free with the Fair admission ticket, but $35 reserved …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair preparing for an even bigger, better future

Visions for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s future are looking well beyond this summer’s 2018 run. In fact, a broad initiative is eyeing the next two decades and beyond. Coming generations of 4-H’ers and guests will share in a landscape being sculpted to make the already expansive fairgrounds bigger and better than ever. Tabbed as “The Master Plan” by the …

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Daughtry to bring Grammy-nominated music act to 4-H grandstand for 2018

American Idol, meet the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Chris Daughtry, who rose to national musical prominence with a powerful, popular run through the 2006 season of the hit television series “American Idol,” will bring his Grammy-nominated band, Daughtry, to the 4-H grandstand for a marquee Saturday night show in 2018. The concert is scheduled for July 21 at 8 p.m., …

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Casting Crowns will perform at the 2018 Fair

Grammy award-winning group, Casting Crowns will be taking the grandstand stage Monday, July 23, during the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.  CCM band Casting Crowns has achieved sales milestones with 10 million album sells including one RIAA 2x multi-Platinum album, four RIAA Platinum albums, two …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair board approves price adjustments for 2018 event

After nearly a decade of level pricing structure, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair will make adjustments for the 2018 event. Beginning next summer, gate entry at the fairgrounds during the Fair’s 9-day run will move to $10, though children age 9-and-under will still admitted free of charge. Online and pre-sale Fair tickets have been set at $8, and as an …

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It’s a wrap: 4-H Fair draws near record numbers across the board

Fed by rain-free weather, a large Kids’ Day gate and a stuffed-to-the-rafters grandstand crowd for the final-night Demolition Derby show, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair rang up near record numbers for the 2017 edition. The nine-day run from July 21 to July 29 resulted in 202,560 guests at the 4-H Fairgrounds, including a single-day high of 27,178 on Wednesday, July …

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4-H Fair Day 9: A stunning week of fans, food and 4-H’ers hits final day

It’s been a whirlwind 2017 season for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair … a stunning week of  fans, 4-H’ers, food and fabulous weather. Saturday’s forecast calls for more brilliant sunshine and a high in the upper 70s. The midway rides will open at noon and it’s the final Wristband Day. The $25 wristbands will be sold until 4:30 and can …

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4-H Memories: Young family still finds way to enjoy ‘Daddy’s Fair’

Chloe Leighty knows there’s a county fair each year just a few miles from her Warsaw home. But there is nothing quite like, “Daddy’s fair.” For many of his 15 years as an Elkhart Truth reporter and for the last four summers as a volunteer freelance writer, Chloe’s dad, Justin Leighty, was a fixture at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair preparing for an even bigger, better future

Visions for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s future are looking well beyond this summer’s 2018 run. In fact, a broad initiative is eyeing the next two decades and beyond. Coming generations of 4-H’ers and guests will share in a landscape being sculpted to make the already expansive fairgrounds bigger and better than ever. Tabbed as “The Master Plan” by the …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair board approves price adjustments for 2018 event

After nearly a decade of level pricing structure, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair will make adjustments for the 2018 event. Beginning next summer, gate entry at the fairgrounds during the Fair’s 9-day run will move to $10, though children age 9-and-under will still admitted free of charge. Online and pre-sale Fair tickets have been set at $8, and as an …

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4-H Finds: Lost & Found collection at the Fairgrounds might surprise you

Think about it. Did you get home from your trip to this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair and realize you left something behind? Maybe you went to get your reading glasses and couldn’t find them. Don’t be shocked to discover that the 4-H office in Goshen has your item in hand. If you lost it, the Fair may have found …

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It’s a wrap: 4-H Fair draws near record numbers across the board

Fed by rain-free weather, a large Kids’ Day gate and a stuffed-to-the-rafters grandstand crowd for the final-night Demolition Derby show, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair rang up near record numbers for the 2017 edition. The nine-day run from July 21 to July 29 resulted in 202,560 guests at the 4-H Fairgrounds, including a single-day high of 27,178 on Wednesday, July …

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4-H Fair Day 9: A stunning week of fans, food and 4-H’ers hits final day

It’s been a whirlwind 2017 season for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair … a stunning week of  fans, 4-H’ers, food and fabulous weather. Saturday’s forecast calls for more brilliant sunshine and a high in the upper 70s. The midway rides will open at noon and it’s the final Wristband Day. The $25 wristbands will be sold until 4:30 and can …

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4-H Memories: Young family still finds way to enjoy ‘Daddy’s Fair’

Chloe Leighty knows there’s a county fair each year just a few miles from her Warsaw home. But there is nothing quite like, “Daddy’s fair.” For many of his 15 years as an Elkhart Truth reporter and for the last four summers as a volunteer freelance writer, Chloe’s dad, Justin Leighty, was a fixture at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. …

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4-H Fair Day 6: A busy day for the kids on the midway and in the judging areas

It’s beautiful day to grab a fistful of tickets and enjoy some rides — but Wednesday is all about Kids’ Day. For all kids, midway rides only require 1 ticket from 1 p.m. until the 11 p.m. closing. For smaller children, a Super Special Kiddieland Wristband is available for $12, which can be used from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s …

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4-H Fair Day 5: Martina McBride brings country superstar act to concert stage

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair concert has done it again, bringing yet another country music superstar to its grandstand stage. On Tuesday night, award-winning artist Martina McBride brings her renowned sound and will be joined by Amanda Watkins. McBride, a 14-time Grammy Award nominee, has been nominated more than 50 times for other music association honors since signed to RCA …

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4-H Fair Day 4: Sweltering heat gone just in time for another Wristband Day

Phew! The humid, upper-80s heat which blanketed much of the Elkhart County’s 4-H Fair’s opening weekend is giving way to what looks like a spectacular weather day on Monday. Partly cloudy skies and more relaxing summer temperatures should brighten Day 4 at the Fairgrounds with an expected high around 75. It’ll provide the perfect backdrop for another 4-H Wristband Day. …

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4-H Fair Day 3: Sunday’s lineup kicks off with a parade, wraps with powerful musical show

  The 4-H Fair Parade is all but ready and lined up for another grand tour through Goshen. Led by Grand Marshal Dean Morehouse and newly-crowned Junior Fair Queen Samantha Shank, the bands, floats and displays will begin their trek beginning at Linway Plaza in Goshen at 1:30 p.m. and navigating their way to the grandstand at the Elkhart County …

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Elkhart County 4-H Fair preparing for an even bigger, better future

Visions for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s future are looking well beyond this summer’s 2018 run. In fact, a broad initiative is eyeing the next two decades and beyond. Coming generations of 4-H’ers and guests will share in a landscape being sculpted to make the already expansive fairgrounds bigger and better than ever. Tabbed as “The Master Plan” by the …

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Daughtry to bring Grammy-nominated music act to 4-H grandstand for 2018

American Idol, meet the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Chris Daughtry, who rose to national musical prominence with a powerful, popular run through the 2006 season of the hit television series “American Idol,” will bring his Grammy-nominated band, Daughtry, to the 4-H grandstand for a marquee Saturday night show in 2018. The concert is scheduled for July 21 at 8 p.m., …

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Casting Crowns will perform at the 2018 Fair

Grammy award-winning group, Casting Crowns will be taking the grandstand stage Monday, July 23, during the 2018 Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.  CCM band Casting Crowns has achieved sales milestones with 10 million album sells including one RIAA 2x multi-Platinum album, four RIAA Platinum albums, two …

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4-H Fair Day 6: A busy day for the kids on the midway and in the judging areas

It’s beautiful day to grab a fistful of tickets and enjoy some rides — but Wednesday is all about Kids’ Day. For all kids, midway rides only require 1 ticket from 1 p.m. until the 11 p.m. closing. For smaller children, a Super Special Kiddieland Wristband is available for $12, which can be used from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s …

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4-H Fair Day 3: Sunday’s lineup kicks off with a parade, wraps with powerful musical show

  The 4-H Fair Parade is all but ready and lined up for another grand tour through Goshen. Led by Grand Marshal Dean Morehouse and newly-crowned Junior Fair Queen Samantha Shank, the bands, floats and displays will begin their trek beginning at Linway Plaza in Goshen at 1:30 p.m. and navigating their way to the grandstand at the Elkhart County …

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Fair travel: Alternate routes, patience will help ease the traffic flow in 2017

Elkhart County 4-H Fair fans can relax and breathe easier. There are still plenty of ways to the fairgrounds this year even with the variety of road improvement projects in Goshen. And the new South Gate entrance route, completed in 2016, is being encouraged as a vital thoroughfare for fair-goers entering Goshen from all parts of the county. The gate …

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When Is Road Construction A Good Thing? Right Now!

Road construction usually makes people groan, but the Elkhart County 4-H Fair has started a road project that should bring a smile to many people’s faces. Here’s why: It’s not causing any traffic problems. During the fair, it’s going to solve major traffic problems. Construction has started on our new road which runs from the fair parking lots to C.R. …

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Did You See This Summer’s Performers On CMT?

The CMT Music Awards happened this week, and if you saw it, you saw three of the performers who are coming to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair this summer for our concert series. If you missed it, you have several chances to see a repeat on CMT this weekend. The awards show is scheduled to air tonight (June 6) at …

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Former Fair Queen Competing For Miss USA — You Can Help

Local residents with Twitter accounts can help an Elkhart woman become Miss USA, the Elkhart Truth reported. Mekayla Diehl was the 2007 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen, and she earned the crown to become Miss Indiana USA 2014 in November. She will soon compete in this year’s Miss USA pageant. The pageant airs live on NBC at 8 p.m. Sunday, …

First Friday Bike Ride Will Help The Fair Feed The Hungry

Goshen’s First Fridays downtown block parties always draw crowds, and June’s event will provide the perfect opportunity for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair to kick off its 2014 Food Drive with an eye toward setting a world record by helping provide food to hungry people in the Elkhart County area. The first effort of this year’s fair food drive will …

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