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today's fair report
1. Auction breaks record
This year's Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock auction raised $1,160,342.28 – an all-time record for the event.
2. Bring an umbrella
The forecast shows there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Otherwise, expect a mix of cloudy and sunny skies.
3. Seeing fireworks
The close of the fair will be celebrated with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. at the grandstand.
4. A cowboy's life
We sat down with a man competing in the rodeo to ask him five questions about being a cowboy.
5. The Senior Queen
Rosalie Bontrager, this year's Senior Queen, spared some time between her royal duties to chat with one of our reporters.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair raised $50,000 with a first-time fundraising event

Organizers of this first-time event were happily surprised when the adult prom raised $50,000 for land development.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 9:06 p.m.

The goal was to raise $20,000 by inviting adults to attend a prom-style event.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair fundraising committee members were stunned when the March 22 adult prom actually brought in $50,000. As a first-time event, nobody expected the prom to be as successful as it was, committee chair Jill Garris said. 

She and other committee members presented a giant check to Tim Yoder, fair board president, at a meeting Wednesday, April 16. 

Compared to other fundraisers, "this is so much bigger," Garris said after the meeting.

She believes the event was so successful because people want to support the fair's land development. Also, she said, it was just a lot of fun. 

Organizers told guests about a "tennis shoes to tuxedos" dress code — meaning they could wear anything — and that's exactly what happened. 

Next year's adult prom is already scheduled for March 21, and tickets will go on sale in the fall.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks



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schedule
Friday, July 18

20140718: 50
Saturday, July 19

20140719: 59
Sunday, July 20

20140720: 43
Monday, July 21

20140721: 63
Tuesday, July 22

20140722: 54
Wednesday, July 23

20140723: 81
Thursday, July 24

20140724: 52
Friday, July 25

20140725: 48
Saturday, July 26

20140726: 42



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