GOSHEN — The Elkhart County 4-H Fair begins Friday, July 19, and now is the time to be thinking about registering for some of the sporting events during the nine-day extravaganza.
The fair runs through Saturday, July 27, and if you are looking for a way to burn off some of those calories consumed on food row there are a number of sporting events to help with that.
Events like the Parade 5,000 and the 3-on-3 basketball tournament include preregistration and the horseshoe pitching contests have qualifications to determine what class competitors should be in.
One of the old favorites at the fair is the Parade 5,000, which is celebrating its 38th anniversary this year. The race was the brainchild of former area track and field coach Rick Clark as a way of getting runners involved in the fair and to give people waiting for the Fair Parade something to watch.
The road run takes Sunday, July 21, with a 1:20 p.m. starting time. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. and end promptly at 12:30 p.m. at the Corporate Picnic Tents located on the northeast end of the fairgrounds, directly north of the race track near gate 5.
The race begins at Rogers Park in Goshen and follows the parade route out to the fairgrounds and ends on the track at the grandstands.
Runners will be bused by Cardinal Bus from the fairgrounds to the starting line at Rogers Park.
Cost is $25 and there is no limit on the number of runners other than the first 400 runners that sign-up receive a race T-shirt. Registration closes at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. There is no race-day registration.
Female and male age groups are under 12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and over 60.
Registration forms are available on the fair’s web site.
This will be the 12th year for the Kid’s Fun Run that begins at 11:30 a.m. Youth ages three to 12 have the option of running a half-mile or mile on the half-mile track at the fairgrounds. There is no cost.
Participants can register online or at the fair office until Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. There will be race-day registration at the Corporate Tents from 10 to 11 a.m.
Another favorite is the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Games begin Monday, July 22 and the event concludes Thursday, July 25, with finals in all age divisions plus the ever popular slam dunk and 3-point competitions.
A complete schedule will be posted online at the fair web site the afternoon of Sunday, July 21.
Entry forms can be found on the fair web site. Cost is $44 per team of three or four players. Registration closes at noon on Saturday, July 20.
Female age groups are 10-12, 13-15 and 16-and-over. Male age divisions are 10-12, 13-15, 16-18 and 19-30.
Competitors interested in pitching horseshoes at the fair need to attend one of the qualifying sessions on Saturday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to noon; Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday, July 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the horseshoe courts at the fairgrounds.
Each entrant will throw 50 shoes to determine what class you will be pitching in at the fair.
The cost is $8 and you will get an admission ticket to the fair.
Greg Keim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN