Think about it. Did you get home from your trip to this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair and realize you left something behind?
Maybe you went to get your reading glasses and couldn’t find them. Don’t be shocked to discover that the 4-H office in Goshen has your item in hand.
If you lost it, the Fair may have found it.
Perhaps it was a smartphone which fell out of a pocket while you rode on a midway ride, or a an article of clothing left at Food Row restaurant, each summer the 4-H grounds crew and office staff managed to collect a cache of left behind personal items.
For 2017, the big winners (or losers) were cell phones, handbags and keys.
Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown:
8 — Smartphones, all of which have long since run out of battery.
6 — Small handbags.
6 — Single keys.
5 — Sets of keys on key chains.
5 — Water bottles.
5 — Ball caps
4 — Shirts, adult and youth sizes.
3 — Sunglasses.
3 — Single shoes or flip-flops.
3 — Books, including one cookbook.
3 — Pairs of regular eyeglasses, including one pair in a cloth case.
1 — Pair of small-child shoes.
1 — iPhone charging cord and cube.
1 — CD collection in a case.
1 — Plastic toy shark (thankfully just a toy)
1 — Umbrella (thankfully it didn’t rain last week).
If you think your item is among the 4-H Fair Lost & Found stash, be sure to call the Fair office at 574-533-FAIR (3247). You will be asked to describe your lost items, contents of the handbags and security codes for the cell phones (bring your charger). The Fair Office will hold items until August 29, 2017.