You can run, pull and lift. You can cheer with teams and cheer for teams.
It’s all part of the competitive athletic events at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
And the fair’s nine-day run opens with the popular Parade 5,000 road run, which is scheduled to begin at 1:20 p.m from Rogers Park near downtown Goshen. The 5,000-meter race, which follows the Fair parade, will end at the 4-H fairgrounds.
No race-day entries will be accepted. Registration must be made online at www.4hfair.org and completed by 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Runners will report to the fairgrounds and be bused to Rogers Park for the start of the race. Trophies will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group, from age 12 to age 60-and-over.
There’s also a one-mile Youth Fun Run which will take place on the horse racing track before the finish of the Parade 5,000 race.
All Parade 5,000 runners will need to pick up their race numbers from the tents in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, just north of the track and grandstand facility before heading into town for the start of the race.
Other Fair time athletic events include:
CHEERLEADING: Friday, July 21, 1 p.m. at the main grandstand stage. Register middle school or high school teams at http://4hfair.org/cheerleading-competition/
ARM WRESTLING: Saturday, July 29 — Registration from 10-11 a.m., competition approximately at 11 a.m. at Heritage Park on the Activities Pad.
STRONGMAN EVENT: Saturday, July 29 — Online registration at www.4hfair.org, event to begin at approximately 9 a.m. at the Farmstead Barn.
The 2017 Elkhart County 4-H Fair runs daily July 21-29. Parking and grandstand events are fee, admission to the fairgrounds is $8.