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4-H Day 8: Saddle up for the rodeo, Green Earth Day and the livestock auction

It’s the home stretch run for the 2017 Elkhart County 4-H Fair and there’s a trio of attractions for fans. It’s set to be a gorgeous day with lots of bright sunshine and a high temperature expected around 80. Friday, July 28, is Green Earth Education Day with a variety of  activities in Heritage Park beginning at 10 a.m. It’s also …

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4-H Fair Day 7: Tractor pull, 3-on-3 basketball final roar onto fairgrounds

Hold onto your hats and plug ears … it’s time to rev up with the big boys. After a week of spectacular sounds  filling the grandstand area, the track will be overwhelmed by the roars of the annual tractor pull. The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League brings it professional tour to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair for a full day …

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4-H Fair Day 6: A busy day for the kids on the midway and in the judging areas

It’s beautiful day to grab a fistful of tickets and enjoy some rides — but Wednesday is all about Kids’ Day. For all kids, midway rides only require 1 ticket from 1 p.m. until the 11 p.m. closing. For smaller children, a Super Special Kiddieland Wristband is available for $12, which can be used from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s …

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4-H travel, results, daily info: There’s plenty of information to be found

It’s Tuesday, July 25, which means the Elkhart County 4-H Fair has reached its halfway point. And just as a reminder heading into the latter stages of the week, here’s some quick tips to enhance your 4-H Fair experience. Gates open daily at 8:30 a.m. and the midway rides close at 11 p.m. Parking and grandstand seating is free on …

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Newly-crowned Fair Queens bring unique spin to Elkhart County 4-H life

Much like her crowning moment in becoming the 2017 Elkhart County 4-H Fair queen, Samantha Shank’s life has been a blur. A winding, active, and arguably unique, blur. But Samantha’s goals remain in complete focus. Home-schooled throughout her high school years, Samantha, now a sophomore at Bethel College in Mishawaka, learned how to “walk the walk” of a 4-H’er. She’s …

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4-H Fair Day 5: Martina McBride brings country superstar act to concert stage

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair concert has done it again, bringing yet another country music superstar to its grandstand stage. On Tuesday night, award-winning artist Martina McBride brings her renowned sound and will be joined by Amanda Watkins. McBride, a 14-time Grammy Award nominee, has been nominated more than 50 times for other music association honors since signed to RCA …

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4-H Fair Day 4: Sweltering heat gone just in time for another Wristband Day

Phew! The humid, upper-80s heat which blanketed much of the Elkhart County’s 4-H Fair’s opening weekend is giving way to what looks like a spectacular weather day on Monday. Partly cloudy skies and more relaxing summer temperatures should brighten Day 4 at the Fairgrounds with an expected high around 75. It’ll provide the perfect backdrop for another 4-H Wristband Day. …

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4-H Fair Day 3: Sunday’s lineup kicks off with a parade, wraps with powerful musical show

  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 …

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4-H Fair Tastes: Just how do those new treats come to Food Row?

By Bill Beck, Special to the 4-H Fair Fair-goers experience it every summer. A fun question has bounced around either openly among friends or subtlety in our minds. It happens each July at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. It’s unavoidable. It’s intriguing. “Where do these food vendors come up with some of these new ideas?” There’s a story behind every new …

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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 …