Our new special fried foods for the 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair are not just tasty, they’re also a nod and fond farewell to the man who helped bring excellent food to fairgoers for many years.
The “Orie,” an Oreo-cookie funnel cake, and the “Miller,” deep-fried coffee balls, will make their debuts on the opening day of the fair, July 24.
The names were chosen to honor Ora “Orie” Miller, our former food-concessions director, who died May 19. He was 78.
A patriotic veteran, Orie wasn’t just “the food guy,” he also had been building and grounds manager for the fairgrounds.
The tasty new treats will be available on food row and near the grandstands.
Also new on food row this year is a generous sponsorship from long-time fair sponsor Keystone RV. The company has been buying ads in the fair program for years, but wanted to step things up this year.
“We’ve got about 4,700 employees in Elkhart County and most of them are in Goshen,” Keystone Director of Communications Jim Mac told the Elkhart Truth. “We know from the buzz here at Keystone that our employees go to the fair and they go frequently. We wanted to show our company support for the fair in a bigger way.”
The food row sponsorship is a highly visible way to let Keystone’s employees and the community know the company supports the fair and other community events, Mac said.
And of course, they aren’t the only RV company supporting the fair, with Jayco sponsoring the daily Wild World of Animals show and the Live Stingray Encounter, and long-time fair supporters EverGreen RV again throwing their support behind the fair. All three are Grand Champion Level sponsors of this year’s fair and joined in with the generosity of 10 other sponsors at that level.
“Who doesn’t love our 4-H Fair?” said Founder and Chairman of EverGreen Kelly L. Rose. “We sponsor the fair because we believe in the mission of 4-H and the support it provides kids in communities like ours here in Middlebury, Indiana. So come on out and enjoy the show!”
Rose, who supports the Elkhart County 4-H Fair both through donations through his companies and through the Kelly and Karen Rose Foundation, believes in the mission of 4-H to help today’s rural and city youth learn the life lessons of responsibility, dedication and hard work.
This year the EverGreen Companies are major sponsors of Track Seat Entrance and Ticketing to ensure a secure entrance gate and welcome center for all the concerts, stage and track events. The fair board’s goal is not only to be a big event, but also to be one of the best. The fair takes pride in preserving quality family entertainment, free grandstand shows and positive competitions.