It’s Friday morning, and we had two special ribbons to cut today to mark the start of this year’s fair.
At 8:30 a.m., we officially opened the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair with Fair Board President Dr. Robert Zell cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Before that, he cut the ribbon on a groundbreaking new addition to the fair: the C.R. 36 South Gate, which saw a special opening ceremony at 7 a.m.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” said Zell.
Today is Veterans’ Day and Education Day. There’s free admission for veterans and seniors free until 5 p.m., and students with school ID are admitted free until 5 p.m. Veterans and students should be sure to enter at the main gate, Gate G, for free admission.
For everyone else, don’t forget you can buy admission tickets online at 4hfair.org and print them out in advance or buy through the fair app and have them scanned on your phone when you arrive at the gate, bypassing the ticket lines. Those will be sold throughout the fair and are the same price as buying at the gate, $8.
It’s going to be a hot day today at the fair — high of 95 with a heat index above 100 — which led to two events being moved off the grounds and into air conditioning. But there’s still plenty to do all day long.
Be sure to drink plenty of water — fountains are marked on the fair maps on the fair app or available to pick up at the white information gazebos. You’ll also find on the maps the locations of air conditioned buildings — Ag Hall, the Fair Museum, the 4-H Exhibit Building, the IU Health Goshen Plaza (and for nursing mothers, the IU Health Mother’s Room).
Oh, and don’t worry about the animals. The 4-H youths are adept at taking care of their animals, and there are several veterinarians available on the fairgrounds, including Zell.
It’s a wristband day for rides, today, with $25 wristbands sold from 12:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. for unlimited rides from 12:30 until 11 p.m.
The 38th Annual Senior Queen Pageant is one of the events moved off site. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at Maple City Chapel just a couple of miles away on Lincolnway East south of College Avenue/C.R. 36. To meet the candidates for the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Senior Queen crown, read the rundown on the Elkhart Truth’s site.
The evening will be capped off at the grandstands following a 6:30 p.m. veterans’ day program, when the 8 p.m. competition begins. At the end we’ll all learn who will be the 2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen. To meet the 43 young ladies competing for that honor, you can find them here courtesy of the Elkhart Truth.