Road construction usually makes people groan, but the Elkhart County 4-H Fair has started a road project that should bring a smile to many people’s faces. Here’s why:
- It’s not causing any traffic problems.
- During the fair, it’s going to solve major traffic problems.
Construction has started on our new road which runs from the fair parking lots to C.R. 36/College Ave., opening up a much-needed pressure valve for fair traffic.
The gravel road will be open in time for this year’s fair, which runs July 22-30. There will be some minor details to wrap up once the fair’s over, but the road will be completely operational for guests to use (except those with motorcycles or trailers, who will need to keep using C.R. 34).
The new road will allow two-way traffic until 9 p.m., well after evening grandstand entertainment starts. At that point each evening it will become an “exit-only” road, which will effectively double the capacity of traffic leaving the fairgrounds at the end of the evening.
It’s the latest and greatest upgrade the fair board has made to enhance the experience for fair guests. Last year we upgraded Internet access across the grounds, added campsites and significantly widened the Gate 7 entrance to the parking areas from C.R. 34 and added dedicated parking tram service. We also built the bridge which this year will move traffic along the new road across Rock Run Creek.
Along with to the purchase of 253 acres of land in 2011 — the land on which the new road runs — and upgrades to the grandstands, restrooms and the emergency PA system on the fairgrounds, all of these upgrades have been thanks to the generosity of the community supporting the fair and our efforts to provide a great family experience for all and a wonderful showcase for the robust 4-H program in Elkhart County.