4-H Fair Day 2: Saturday brings first concert to grandstand stage

Welcome to Day 2 of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. There’s a chance to dodge raindrops as the gates open, and a chance of more later in the day, but there’s no getting away from the wide variety of activities, from the livestock barn to the in-park performance areas.

The day muscles up early with the Strongman Competition at 9 a.m. in the Farmstead Barn and powers its way to the Fair’s opening grandstand concert — Hinder.

As always, there’s plenty of entertainment, activities and hands-on learning experiences in the Youth Agricultural Area.

Harness racing, a 4-H Fair staple for decades, returns the grandstand at 11 a.m. for a program featuring the 3-Year-Old Classic XXVVI.

At 8 p.m., Hinder opens the week’s concert series. The multi-platinum Oklahoma City, Okla., rockers, are gearing up for their fifth studio album When the Smoke Clears, which is set for release this spring.

The band, which released its debut Extreme Behavior in 2005, followed by 2008’s Take It to the Limit, 2010’s All American Nightmare, and 2012’s Welcome to the Freak Show, has every reason to have that kind of unfettered confidence in the new album. The songs on When the Smoke Clears run the gamut from rowdy rock to subtle country influence to memorable pop hooks.

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: Thundershowers ending late morning with a chance of more rain late afternoon with an expected high of 84.

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 2:

  • 44th Annual Northern Classic Open Show, 10:15 a.m. in the Beef/Day Arena — Open heifer and steer shows.
  • Princess Party, 2 p.m. — An interactive event where children can dress in their favorite “princess costumes” and enjoy an hour-long performance with show characters.
  • Rock-It The Robot, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — Meet and greet a 9-foot tall high-tech “gentle giant.”
  • Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — Meet and greet in Heritage Park.
  • Derek Brown Beatbox Sax, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — This ground-breaking saxophonist, has thrilled and enlightened audiences around the world with his ground-breaking “BEATBoX SAX” style, using innovative techniques at 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.
  • Horseshoe Pitching Contest begins, 6:30 p.m. at the horseshoe courts.

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