When the Elkhart County 4-H Fair officially opens Friday morning, we’ll actually mark two separate openings with two ribbon cuttings: One is for this year’s fair, which is on track to be the best yet (have you seen the weather forecasts?), and the second is for the brand-new bicycle path to the fairgrounds.
The bike path connects the bike trails in Elkhart (via the MapleHart trail) and Goshen, plus the Pumpkinvine Trail northeast to Middlebury and Shipshewana, with the fairgrounds.
“It will be cool to have 100 bikes ride to the fair and then have them open the bike path,” said Tim Yoder, this year’s fair board president.
Yoder will cut both ribbons at the main grandstand stage Friday morning. Festivities will start around 8:15 a.m., and the 100-plus riders should be arriving via the bicycle path around 8:20, at which point Yoder will cut the ceremonial bike-path ribbon.
After comments from community leaders, the fair’s official opening will happen with Yoder cutting the second ribbon.
Riders who want to preregister can do so through Thursday. Information is below.