4-H Fair, Day 1: It’s a fast, furious start to the Farm Fresh Family Fun Fair

That time is here again — the opening day of the 2017 Elkhart County 4-H Fair!

Another tremendous lineup has been penciled in complete with 4-H farm youngsters and their animals, a variety of commercial exhibits, tasty Food Row delicacies, exciting midway carnival rides, star-studded grandstand concert acts, and a collection of athletic contests.

The “Farm Fresh Family Fun” nine-day run kicked off with the official ribbon at the Sheep/Swine Arena as 4-H Fair president Jill Garris performed the annual honors, proclaiming she was ready to celebrate “a 9-day party.” Gates opened at 8:30 a.m. and the park closes at 11 p.m.

Admission each day is $8 per person — children age 9-and-under are admitted free. Parking and grandstand seating also are free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.4hfair.org and area outlets offer advance tickets for $6. A complete daily schedule of events also can be found at www.4hfair.org.

WEATHER: Mix of sun and clouds, humid, high in the upper 80’s.

Fairgrounds Information:

  • Handicap parking is available at Gate 2 and Gate 7, with permit displayed
  • Bicycle and motorcycle parking located near Gate 2. Bikes are not permitted within the inner grounds of the Fair.
  • Parking trams are available on the fairgrounds and are free of charge. Trams operate daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m in the east parking area.
  • Wheelchair rental is available at the 4-H Fair office.
  • Designated smoking areas are available.

What you should know about Day 1:

  • It’s Veterans’ Day — free admission for all veterans until 5 p.m.
  • It’s Wristband Day — purchase an all-day $25 wristband for the midway carnival rides, which run from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wristbands will be sold until 9 p.m.
  • Health screenings, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — blood pressure, skin cancer risk, body composition analysis, goal setting tips and sleep disorder risk assessment are among the offerings at the Goshen Health Plaza
  • Cheerleading Contest, 1 p.m. — the Fair’s 44th annual event takes place in the 4-H Grandstand
  • Senior Queen Pageant, 5 p.m. — the 39th annual event takes place in the 4-H Grandstand
  • Fair Queen Contest, 8 p.m. — 49 young women will be judged on their abilities to converse, their poise and personality in three divisions – evening gown, interview and professional wear.
  • Rock-It The Robot, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — Meet and greet a 9-foot tall high-tech “gentle giant.”
  • Princess Beauty & Repunzel, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — Meet and greet in Heritage Park.
  • Paul Erdman Show, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. — Talented acoustical guitar performances at the Heritage Park stage.
  • Ted Yoder Dulcimer Show, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. — Local musician brings a creative musical talents to the Heritage Park stage.
  • K9 Crew Trick Dog Show, 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — A comedic collection of dog skits and stunts at the Family Entertainment Center
  • Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m. — High-wire pirate themed performances at the Jayco Family Fun Center
  • Timberworks Lumberjack Show, 3 p.m, 6 p.m., 8 p.m. — The power and skill of some of the nation’s top lumberjacks at the Hollyhock Entertainment Center.


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