It’s fair time! Counties across the country celebrate agriculture in late summer, typically in July and August. We try to go to at least one county fair each year. Last year, we stopped at the Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana, during our visit to the area. The Elkhart County Fair is Indiana’s largest county fair and one of the largest in the United States. This well-attended fair drew over 183,000 people in 2016.
One of the first things that impressed me about the fair was the fairgrounds landscaping. Most fairgrounds we’re familiar with are plain-Jane, functional and clean, but unadorned. The entrance to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds is beautifully landscaped with flowers and shrubbery. The landscaping doesn’t end at the entrance. Almost all of the buildings throughout the fairgrounds are landscaped with colorful flowers and nicely manicured shrubs.
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Another thing that impresses me about county and state fairs in general is the obvious love young people put into the animals they’ve brought to show. It’s common to see them carefully washing and grooming the animals, preparing them for show.
Not surprising, tractor displays are common at a fair. Farm implement dealers show new tractors, and collectors sometimes exhibit antique farm equipment.
However, as we do at most fairs, we skipped the food-on-a-stick and headed to the Pork Producers area for a pork burger.
Beyond the food, animals, and rides, the Elkhart County Fair offers concerts, dance shows, car races, and so much more. We didn’t allow nearly enough time to see everything. We need to go back and spend at least a full day in the future.
If you go to the Elkhart County Fair
- In 2017, the Elkhart County Fair runs nine days, from July 21-29.
- Gate admission ($8, free for ages 9 and under) includes access to the grandstand.
- The Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds is located at 17746 County Road 34 in Goshen, Indiana.
- Visit the web site for further details, including the full event schedule.
Disclosures: The Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted our visit to the area.
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