GOSHEN — Goshen’s First Fridays downtown block party will kick off the Elkhart County 4-H Fair 2014 Food Drive. This year organizers have a big goal in mind — setting a world record by helping provide food to hungry people in the Elkhart County area.
The first effort of this year’s fair food drive will also highlight the improved bicycle access to the fairgrounds this year, with a bike ride today from downtown Goshen to the fairgrounds.
Registration will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the public parking lot by Interra Credit Union, 300 W. Lincoln Ave. Riders will ride to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair where they can have Honey’s Frozen Yogurt in Heritage Park and then back to downtown. Participants are asked to take non-perishable food or give cash donations.
Cash donations collected at the bike ride will be used to purchase food for the “Guinness Book of World Records” attempt for the largest single-day food drive.
The world-record attempt will happen July 20 during the fair. There’s no cost for gate admission or for concert seats that day, and it’s also usually the busiest day at the fair, organizers said, adding, “If everybody who comes to the fair can donate generously that day, our community can break the existing record.”
The current record for the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in 24 hours was set by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Food Drive, which collected 559,885 pounds of food in Durham, N.C., on March 5, 2011.
All donations will benefit Church Community Services, which provides food for families in need, either directly or by filling other food pantries in Elkhart County.
The fair is also looking for help from other local organizations. Any individual or organization who would like to get involved with the food drive and world-record attempt for largest food drive, please contact Shelly Steury by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair runs July 18-26 this year at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746-D C.R. 34, just east of Goshen High School.