Let the fairs begin!
It is now edging close to mid-July in Indiana, which means county fairs are starting to be held across the state. Here in the Goshen area the LaGrange County 4-H Fair will begin its 57th run Saturday. It will end July 17. Then Monday the Kosciusko County Community Fair begins. The Kosciusko fair ends on July 17, the same day as the Noble County Community Fair begins. On July 23 the Elkhart County 4-H Fair will begin a stretch of nine fun-filled days.
Each of these fairs is important to our communities. And each of these fairs offers the youth of our communities opportunities to exhibit their 4-H projects.
The 4-H program has thrived in our local counties, even as farming activity has shrunk in some areas. That is because the 4-H program is flexible and has adapted to the changing demographics. Small animals, including rabbits, chickens and goats, are very popular exhibits because they can be raised on small plots of ground. And craft projects can be completed by any child, even those who live in city apartments.
The fairs are certainly centered around the activities and projects of our local children, but there is much more to each fair. The fair boards derive a lot of their revenue by drawing people to the fairgrounds by offering entertainment. The more people who buy tickets to watch the performers, the more money there will be for next year’s fair. So if you can, attend one or all of these fairs and enjoy the shows. You will have a great time and also be helping the children of our communities at the same time.
Of course there are other attractions at the fair. Carnival rides, midway games, horse races, tractor pulls and demolition derbies are perennial attractions that draw people to the fairs. And who can resist wolfing down a foot-long hotdog and an elephant ear?
As you may have noticed, we are fans of the fairs. We think they serve many positive purposes in our communities. We urge anyone who has not been to one in a long time to get reacquainted with them. They will be glad they did.