We’re Off To A Big Start For The 2014 Fair

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The 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair is off to a strong start, and we’re looking forward to finishing our family Sunday with a great day for the crowds, plus another six days packed with fair fun.

This afternoon’s Road Run Parade 5000 race along the parade route saw a record number of participants today, with 496 racers — just shy of the event cap of 500 (which is up from the past cap of 300).

Road Run 2Today’s race broke the record set in 2011, when there were 475 racers along the fair parade route from downtown Goshen to the fairgrounds.

In addition to today’s racers and crowds — it’s family day at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, with no gate admission charge today and free seating for this evening’s Francesca Battistelli concert — we’ve seen strong turnout during Friday and Saturday, the first two days.

2014 Fair Board President Tim Yoder Rides In The Fair Parade.

2014 Fair Board President Tim Yoder Rides In The Fair Parade.

Friday, our opening day where we honored veterans and crowned new queens, we saw 25,827 people come through the gates.

On Saturday, which included the start of this year’s harness racing and last night’s popular 3 Doors Down concert, 31,841 people came to the fair.

Both days — like today — were sunny and beautiful, and most of the forecast for the rest of the fair calls for more of the same. We can expect Monday’s highs to reach the upper 80s and Tuesday may hit the low 90s, but after that things will cool back down, the National Weather Service in North Webster reports.

For Monday and Tuesday, we have air-conditioned buildings and plenty of drinking fountains to keep people comfortable on the fairgrounds.

Former Elkhart County Fair Queen and media darling Mekayla Diehl, the reigning Miss Indiana USA, has been on hand for the fair once again.

Former Elkhart County Fair Queen and media darling Mekayla Diehl, the reigning Miss Indiana USA, has been on hand for the fair once again.

 

 

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