All students and employees of schools will receive free admission to the fair until 5 p.m. with a current, valid school district ID, a signed letter from your principal’s office on school letterhead or a copy of a 2014-2015 report card. Bring them to the education tent at Gate G for free admission.
This year’s activities in Heritage Park are student-centered and have many hands-on activities, plus local high school groups will perform on the Park Stage throughout the afternoon.
The performance schedule is:
- Noon: Goshen Percussion Ensemble
- 12:30 p.m.: Goshen Chamber Orchestra
- 1 p.m.: Goshen Crimson Men’s Choir
- 1:30 p.m.: Goshen High School Crimsonaires
- 2 p.m.: Concord Jazz Band
- 2:30 p.m.: Elkhart Memorial High School Percussion
- 3 p.m.: Fairfield Jazz Band
- 3:30 p.m.: Concord Dance Team
In addition, the 42nd Annual Cheerleading Contest will start at the grandstands at 1 p.m.
During the course of the day at Heritage Park:
- ETHOS will feature underwater robotics, hands-on science exhibits and the Science To Go bus.
- Purdue Polytechnic will have the Robomaker 3-D printer, a helicopter drone and science and technlogoy information.
- Southwestern Michigan College will have an interactive virtual-reality display and Oculus Rift demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. featuring prize giveaways.
- The Elkhart Area Career Center will have face painting, hair braiding, manicures, firefighting skills, a fire truck, horticulture demonstrations, small-engine demonstrations, EMT demonstrations and 4-D anatomy all on display.
The fair so impressed last year’s parade marshal, Glenda Ritz — Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction —that she’s coming back for education day.
And of course, exceptional youth aren’t limited to those events, with the hard work of 4-H members on display throughout the fair, and the 2015 Fair Queen Contest capping off the evening at the grandstands at 8 p.m.
The 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, “Planning Toward a Bright Future,” runs July 24-Aug.1.