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 4-H Fair.
Most years, the parade goes from Linway Plaza down Lincoln Avenue to Main Street, then south to Madison Street, where it again heads east toward the fairgrounds.
This year, however, the parade will go south on Second Street, then head east at the Goshen Farmers Market on Washington Street. It will head down Washington Street to Main, where it will resume the traditional route.
And for people looking to drive to the fairgrounds to see the end of the parade at the Grandstands on the fairgrounds, they’ll be able to access the fair from the south entrance off College Avenue/C.R. 36 just east of the Goshen city limits.
At Rogers Park, beginning at 1:20 p.m., the 37th annual Parade 5,000 Road Run takes off, with the finish line at the Fairgrounds.
Taking the Grandstand stage at 8 p.m. is Christian musician Danny Gokey, whose expressive, soulful music and compelling life journey through Season 8 of television’s American Idol captured the hearts of millions. Gokey will be joined by special guest Jordan Feliz, an artist who once launched his career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer, then switched gears to become a church worship leader, before finally signing a Nashville record deal and making his mark as a songwriter and soulful R&B-groove-pop artist.
Gokey, a Milwaukee native who gained fame when showcasing his talent on “American Idol,” has found success in music — his second album, “Hope in Front of Me,” follows on his first album which produced hits “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” and “I Will Not Say Goodbye” — but also in Sophia’s Heart, the charity he founded to honor the memory of his first wife when she died.
Grandstand seating for the concert, which starts at 8 p.m., is free on a first-come, first-served basis, and fair admission is free that day.
WEATHER: Mix of sun and clouds, expected high of 83 with a slight chance of a shower early afternoon.
- 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 3:
- Protestant Worship program, 10:30 a.m. — Heritage Park state
- Ag Magic Show, 11 a.m. — Youth Ag Tent
- 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 Princess Beauty, 4 p.m., 6 p.m. — Meet and greet in Heritage Park.
- 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.
Heritage Park Stage Performances:
- The Helmsmen Quartet, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. — Six-member southern gospel group based in southern Michigan.
- The Nelons, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. The smooth, rich sounds of multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artists, The Nelons have been bridging the traditional sounds of Southern Gospel with contemporary influences that inspires listeners of all ages for decades.
- Judith Montgomery & Family, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. — A southern gospel touring group led by IGMA winning artist and ministry leader Judith Montgomery, whose family is based in Shoals, Ind.