The Elkhart County 4-H Fair drew more than 30,000 people through its gate on Saturday, July 19.
To be exact, 31,841 people passed through the gates to the fair on Saturday, the most attendees on the first Saturday of the fair since 2005. Fair personnel credit pleasant temperatures, a variety of entertainment options and an improved economy for drawing a strong turnout.
Sharon Wogoman, the fair’s ticket committee chair, said a “phenomenal concert” from 3 doors down, in addition to good weather, is always a victorious partnership for bringing crowds to the fairgrounds.
Get to know some of the entertainers who help make the fair what it is year in and year out.
Though the entertainment and food offerings change from year to year at the fair, live performance entertainers of one kind and another return — and so do the crowds. We scoped the fairgrounds and got to catch up with three of the different live performers to see what their favorite parts of fair performance are.
Bristol sees a small boom of manufacturing and industrial businesses
Ray Barnes and his team at Alliance Aluminum Products Inc. opened a new facility in the area, paving the way for other manufacturers to settle into the area. Three other companies have broken ground on 140 acres that used to be farmland.
Randy Stone, project manager for J.A. Wagner Construction, said the lots’ location makes it a prime spot for business development.
One unaccompanied Honduran boy made a “harrowing” journey to Elkhart
Javier, a 15-year-old boy from Honduras, is one of 30,000 Central American minors who have crossed the border into the United States. After facing harassment and violence in Honduras, Javier traveled through Mexico by himself before transferring to a handful of shelters and holding facilities in the United States.
His story has a happy ending, as he lives in Elkhart with his mother and sister. However, he represents a population of children in danger in their home countries.
Indiana Treasurer hopeful tours the state to promote his candidacy
Mike Boland, the candidate for state treasurer, is touring Indiana to give an overview of his bid. He said he would be a “taxpayer’s advocate” and explained his plans regarding college savings, tax cuts and more.