Students at Elkhart County schools will be able to get into the Elkhart County 4-H Fair free Friday, July 18, as a part of the fair’s Education Day activities.
The first Elkhart County 4-H Fair Education Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the opening Friday of the fair and will include a variety of student groups’ performances on the Heritage Park Stage and information booths and tents representing the county’s seven public schools and several area colleges.
Participating schools include Baugo, Concord, Elkhart, Fairfield, Goshen, Middlebury and Wa-Nee public school districts, along with Indiana University, Purdue University, Goshen College, Trine University, Bethel College, Grace College, St. Joseph’s College and Ivy Tech Community College. Other groups present will be the Boys & Girls Club, the Elkhart Area Career Center and Teachers Credit Union, a major sponsor for the day’s events.
Performances from school groups on the Park Stage are scheduled as follows:
- 9 to 10 a.m., Goshen
- 10 to 11 a.m., Fairfield
- 11 a.m. to noon, Middlebury
- Noon to 1 p.m., Elkhart
- 1 to 2 p.m., Concord
- 2 to 3 p.m., NorthWood
During Education Day, all students and employees of Elkhart County schools will receive free admission into the fair with a current/valid school/district ID, a letter signed from the principal’s office on school letterhead or a copy of a 2013-2014 report card. The free admission will only be offered at Gate G and only until 3 p.m. Those who have entered the grounds prior to 3 p.m. are allowed to stay throughout the day.
Chad Stamm, principal at Concord Intermediate School said that the purpose of the day is to “honor, celebrate and market education in Elkhart County.” He and other organizers hope to make the fair’s Education Day an annual event.