Education Day Kicks Off The Nine-Day Fair Friday

DSC_0120The 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair opens Friday with Education Day, with special education events running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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