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Gate Traffic Down This Year Thanks To The Weather

A really hot start to this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair, followed by periodic rain showers since the weather cooled off, has resulted in a significant drop in attendance. We don’t have an exact comparison since we’ve switched to a new ticketing and gate-attendance tracking system this year which is different from how we’ve tracked numbers in the past. However, …

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It’s The Final Day Of The Fair, And We’ll Go Out With A Bang

It’s day nine and the final day of the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, but there’s plenty to do and see today, between food, cars, dancing, rides and fun. Today’s high is predicted to only be about 80, and there’s a chance of afternoon showers. In addition to all the clubs and vendors on Famous Food Row and around the …

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The Fair’s 4-H Auction Again Raises More Than $1.15 Million

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Auction has been going on all day, and now that it’s wrapped, the preliminary auction total shows that the Elkhart County community again showed amazing support for 4-H youth. With 1,078 lots — down 17 from last year — the community gave 4-H youth a grand total of $1,154,15.28. That total is down from last …

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It’s Rodeo Day, 4-H Auction Day And Green Earth Education Day

This is day eight at the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, and it’s another big day. Today’s forecast is for a high of only 81 degrees. There’s a 40% chance of some showers this afternoon, but otherwise it looks like it will be a great day. Rides will be open from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. It’s Green Earth Education …

Elizabeth Beer and Tristan Swihart Receive 4-H Awards

Two Elkhart County 4-Hers received big awards Wednesday evening (July 27) on the main stage in front of the grandstands. Tristan Swihart and Elizabeth Beer both received the 46th Annual 4-H Leadership Award, presented by radio station WFRN. In addition to the leadership award, Beer also received the Janice Gawthrop 4-H Scholarship.

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Ryan Holland Receives 2016 Millie Christofeno Award

Ryan Holland is the 2016 recipient of the Millie Christofeno Perseverance Award. He received the award Wednesday night on the main stage at the granstands during the fair. Ryan is 17 years old and the son of Anthony and Laura Holland of Elkhart. Ryan is a 10-year 4-H Member whose projects included foods, food preservation, microwave cooking, Ball canning, wearable …

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Today Is A Huge Day — Tractor Pull And Top 4-H Showmanship, Plus Other Fair Fun

It’s the seventh day of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, and the fair’s momentum is building. It’s tractor pull day, with the farm stock competition going on this morning and the Lucas Oil PPL Tractor Pull firing up at noon on the track by the grandstands. While the tractor pull is one of the biggest events every year, there’s plenty …

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It’s Kids’ Day At The Fair And The Last Show Of The Concert Series

It’s Kids’ Day at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, with a wide variety of events from now through 4 p.m., geared toward children. It’s going to be another fair weather day, sunny and breezy with a high predicted around 87 (and the forecast for the rest of the fair includes even cooler temperatures). It’s also a good day to take …

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Welcome To The Midpoint Of The 2016 Fair

It’s Tuesday, and today marks the middle of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair for this year. It’s going to be another fair weather day, and it’s the second Senior Citizens’ Day at the fair, with seniors (62 and older) admitted free until 3 p.m. The National Weather Service predicts a high around 87 degrees, with plenty of sun and a …

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It’s Monday, The Fourth Day Of The 2016 Fair

There are no Monday blues today at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, with the coolest forecast so far during the fair, nearly all the 4-H animals on the grounds, fun rides, great food and this year’s concert by country superstar Trace Adkins. The heat advisories of the first few days of the fair are gone, along with the chance of …