First Friday Bike Ride Will Help The Fair Feed The Hungry

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 10.23.39 AMGoshen’s First Fridays downtown block parties always draw crowds, and June’s event will provide the perfect opportunity for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair to kick off its 2014 Food Drive with an eye toward setting a world record by helping provide food to hungry people in the Elkhart County area.

The first effort of this year’s fair food drive will also highlight the improved bicycle access to the fairgrounds this year, with a bike ride Friday, June 6, from downtown Goshen to the fairgrounds.

Registration will be from 5:30-6:00 p.m. in the public parking lot by Interra Credit Union, 300 W. Lincoln Ave. Riders will ride to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair where they can have Honey’s Frozen Yogurt in Heritage Park and then back to downtown. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food or give cash donations.

Cash donations collected at the bike ride will be used to purchase food for the “Guinness Book of World Records” attempt for largest single-day food drive.

The world-record attempt will happen Sunday, July 20 during the fair. There’s no cost for gate admission or for concert seats that day, and it’s also usually the busiest day at the fair. If everybody who comes to the fair can donate generously that day, our community can break the existing record.

The current record for the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in 24 hours was set by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Food Drive, which collected 559,885 pounds of food in Durham, N.C., on March 5, 2011.

All donations will benefit Church Community Services who provide food for families in need, either directly or by filling other food pantries in Elkhart County.

The fair is also looking for help from other local organizations. Any individual or organization who would like to get involved with the food drive and world-record attempt for largest food drive, please contact Shelly Steury by email at shellysteury@msn.com.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair runs July 18-26 this year at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746-D C.R. 34, just east of Goshen High School.

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