“With the cutting of the ribbon we’re officially opening the Elkhart County 4-H Fair,” Rich Utley, this year’s fair board president, said while cutting the ribbon in Heritage Park at 8:30 a.m.
Utley, joined by dignitaries from the local and state level, marked the start of this year’s nine-day event.
“It’s my pleasure to be here, especially on Education Day,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction and last year’s parade marshal.
In addition to today’s education events, it’s also Veterans Day and our first Senior Citizens Day. Students, educators, veterans and seniors all get in for free at Gate G up until 5 p.m. today with ID (or report card).
In addition. two cows are in labor this morning so you’ll have chances to witness calves being born in the Miracle of Life Calving Center, according to Dr. Robert Zell.
Not only that, 4-H animals are coming in — already you can see the 562 rabbits — the Elkhart County Community Center building is full of nonliving 4-H exhibits and hot-air balloons will be flying tonight and participating in a balloon glow in connection with the Senior Queen competition, the Veterans Day programming and the Fair Queen contest this evening.
Of course Food Row is open (this year sponsored by Keystone RV), and in addition to established favorites, this year you’ll find the 4-H Saddle Club on food row for the first time, and you can also try the Orie and the Miller (details here) as well as “Tequila Balls,” deep-fried nonalcoholic (we don’t allow alcohol on the grounds) dough balls that taste like a margarita.
Come on out to the fair!