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July 28, 2013

KEIM'S KORNER: Thoughts on the end of Fair 2013

GOSHEN — Today it’s time to say goodbye to an old friend for another year as the Elkhart County 4-H Fair wrapped up another successful run on Saturday.

This year’s fair has to be one of the best ones ever from a weather standpoint. The fair was right on the heels of a week featuring temperatures in the 90s with high humidity. Those sweltering conditions broke after the opening Friday and there was very little rain during the week.

It’s a busy week for me covering harness racing, the Parade 5,000, 3-on-3 basketball and the motorcycle races. All of those activities take me to the fairgrounds for seven of the fair’s nine days. While that may seem like a lot as CBS sportscaster Clark Kellogg reminded me when he spoke at the Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast at Elkhart Memorial High School recently at times it’s hard to consider what I do for a living as work. Watching harness races or 3-on-3 basketball games doesn’t really qualify as manual labor; however, the trick is turning what you observe into the printed words that appear in the newspaper.

The three-day harness racing program has turned into one of my favorites. I really can’t remember watching a harness race before the first year the assignment to cover the races at the fair was given to me. All I knew there were some pretty big shoes to fill as former Goshen News sports editor LeRoy Lambright had been a big harness racing fan and had thoroughly covered the races for many years.

While still probably considered a novice my knowledge of the sport has increased. A big part of that has been the patience of fair harness racing director Tim Graber and his assistant Brooke Harvell. Both have always taken the time to answer my questions no matter how dumb they might have been.

Drivers with local connections like Jay Cross, Don Eash, Mike Peterson and Harley Yoder have also been cooperative when it came time to answer questions for my stories.

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