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Did You Drop Something At The Fair?

If you got home from the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair and wondered where your umbrella — or stroller, or Blackberry, or shaving kit, or basketball — went, you might be in luck. The fair office will hold onto the unclaimed items for 30 days, so you have time to come back out to the office. Parking isn’t as tight …

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How Big Was Attendance At The 2014 Fair? Hint: We’re Happy!

With the gates closed for the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, final attendance figures are in. Thanks to a combination of entertainment options for the whole family and great weather for eight of the nine days of the fair, 269,064 people passed through the gates to enjoy this year’s fair. That means that this was the second-largest fair in terms …

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Last day of the fair, but still lots of fun to be had

Today is the last day of the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, and while most of the animals left the grounds after yesterday’s record-breaking 4-H livestock auction, there is still plenty to do and see around the grounds. The 4-H Dog Club had its costume and trick contests this morning, and open goat and open Holstein dairy shows will be …

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4-H auction sets new record

The 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock auction set a new record with a preliminary total of $1,156,763. This is the second year that the 4-H auction total has passed $1 million. Last year’s then-record-breaking total was $1,044,924. Most 4-Hers in livestock breeds auction off their animals the last Friday of the show, with the purchase price for each animal going …

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Things got green during Friday’s Green Earth Day

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s Green Earth Day included recycling games, a scavenger hunt, fashion shows featuring upcycled and thrify fashions and a presentation on some local wildlife. Courtney Franke, a naturalist with the Elkhart County Parks Department, not only talked to a group of kids about the different species in “Naturalist Talk: Turtles, Frogs & Snakes Alive!” but also allowed …

Are You One of the 212,000+ Who’ve Come To The Fair So Far?

While Tuesday’s heat led to smaller crowds, by Thursday night attendance at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair had reached 212,482 people, behind last year’s attendance at the same point, but  well ahead of 2012, 2011 and 2010 at that point. While we only had 16,980 people on the grounds Tuesday, by Thursday — which is our always-popular tractor pull day …

Spend a little or spend a lot at the fair

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair has activities, food and fun for families on all budgets. Families can save in advance of the fair and spend big. Or, easily spend just a little while enjoying the fair. Not only are thousands of animals, including the Bengal Tiger Encounter, on display for free, but grandstand seats are also free for daily and nightly …

Cow has accompanied 10 year 4-Her all 10 years

Jacob Gongwer showed “Sparkie” as a young calf his very first year of 4-H, the summer of 2005. It just turned out well to show her every summer since then too. “We never really planned on showing her every year; it just worked out that way,” Gongwer said. Gongwer is finishing his 10th year in 4-H. He was in Elkhart …

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Fair queen’s heartwarming story catches Skype’s attention

This year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen has had an exciting last year. The first Friday of the fair she was named queen, but, even before that, she was gained national attention for her heartwarming friendship with a girl in New Zealand. Last summer, Skype, an online video calling service, asked for submissions about how people stay connected around the world …

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After a Tuesday Dip, Fairgoers Are Back In Droves

What a difference a day (or really, a day’s weather) makes. After Tuesday’s warm weather brought out only 16,980 people to the fairgrounds, yesterday’s more mild temperatures brought out just shy of 30,000 people to the fairgrounds for Kids Day, the Justin Moore Concert and the rest of a day full of entertainment and education. While the heat index in …