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An adult prom event raised $50,000 for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. (Lydia Sheaks/The Elkhart Truth)
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair raised $50,000 with a first-time fundraising event

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