While Tuesday’s heat led to smaller crowds, by Thursday night attendance at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair had reached 212,482 people, behind last year’s attendance at the same point, but well ahead of 2012, 2011 and 2010 at that point.
While we only had 16,980 people on the grounds Tuesday, by Thursday — which is our always-popular tractor pull day — we saw more than double that number of fairgoers, reaching 43,682 on the grounds.
While we’re behind last year’s total through Thursday, last year saw perfect weather for the hugely popular Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes concerts. Due in large part to the popularity of those shows, we were at 225,464 through Thursday in 2013, on pace for final attendance of 280,175.
While this year’s total remains to be seen, we expect another great day today, with a high of 77 degrees for today’s 4-H auctions, the two rodeo performances, the draft horse pull and Latino Night in Heritage Park.
Tomorrow’s high is expected to be 84 degrees with a chance of some morning showers tapering off in the afternoon, which could lead to great weather for the demolition derby and the fireworks display that closes out the fair.