This year is Indiana’s bicentennial, and there’s no way the Elkhart County 4-H Fair would ignore this significant milestone (even though our event is a young whipper-snapper, with this being only the 142nd fair).
There are two special plans we have in place.
First off, on Saturday, July 23, we’re throwing a party at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Park Stage. “We will be celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday with cake, ice cream and entertainment, including a visit by ‘Abe Lincoln,'” said Dr. Robert Zell, 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board President. “We are burying a time capsule, including various programs and materials from this year’s fair,” Zell said. That capsule will include small items from as many 4-H clubs as possible, and will be buried for 25 years.
The Bicentennial Bison will also make an appearance at the party.
For a different slice of the bicentennial celebration, fair guests will have the chance to stop by the Pence concession booth near the Big Wheel ferris wheel where the Midway meets Famous Food Row and pick up this year’s special “Hoosier Happy Birthday Pie” throughout the nine days of the fair.
That treat is a deep-fried slice of Wick’s Sugar Cream Pie, a dessert identified with Indiana made by an Indiana company using a recipe dating back to the 19th century.
The deep-fried slice of pie is drizzled with caramel.