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today's fair report
1. Kids Day
The sixth day of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is all about the kids, which means fun activities are planned and rides are discounted. Read more here.
2. Bike traffic grows
More people are heading to the fairgrounds on a bike thanks to the new bike trail. The fair board is prepared to expand bike parking if necessary.
3. Record breaking goal
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is still collecting food in hopes of breaking the county fair food drive record.Here's what you need to know.
4. Chilly weather
It's going to be a little bit cooler at the fair today. Read the weather report on elkharttruth.com.
5. Scenes from Tuesday concert
Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers rocked out at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand Tuesday night. Check out our gallery here.

Bicyclists donate to Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s food drive, aim to beat Guinness World Record

If you missed the bike ride at First Fridays in Goshen, there are still more opportunities to help out with the food drive.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.

GOSHEN — Dozens of cyclists made beating a Guinness World Record look as easy as riding a bike at June’s First Fridays.

The flock of cyclists pedaled from downtown Goshen to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds on Friday, June 6, to collect food for the Food Bank of Elkhart County housed at Church Community Services in Elkhart. The fair board is trying to collect more than 600,000 pounds of food on July 20 to break a world record for the most food collected by a food drive in 24-hour period. The record is currently held by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Food Drive, which collected 559,885 pounds of food March 5, 2011.

Fair board member Shelley Steury said Friday’s bike ride also promoted the Monroe Street Trail as a new path to the fairgrounds where the board will start weighing food at 1 p.m. July 20 and end the collection 24 hours later. The fair board is accepting donations of unexpired nonperishable food and money to buy food for the drive.

Josi Dehaven rode to the fairgrounds Friday with her 7-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter and her parents. The fair has been part of her life since she was a kid growing up in Goshen. She works with IU Health Goshen Hospital’s outreach program alongside some of the sickest patients. Church Community Services has connected many of the patients there with helpful resources including medication assistance and the food bank.

“They are amazing,” she said.

Church Community Services executive director Rod Roberson is excited about breaking the world record but said the food drive serves an even more important purpose.

“It’s really an opportunity for the whole community to join in and really make this an effort that we believe will be essential to our food supply in the entire county,” he said.

The food bank distributed 1.6 million pounds of food to more than 70 nonprofit organizations, pantries and hot meal sites in Elkhart County in 2013, according to Roberson.

“This serves everyone in the county, everyone from Nappanee to Middlebury to Goshen, Bristol and Elkhart,” he said.

MORE WAYS TO HELP

  • Mail a donation or drop it off at the fair office, 17746-D C.R. 34 in Goshen. Checks should be made out to Elkhart County 4-H Fair Food Drive.
  • Drop off food in donation bins set up at Martin’s Supermarkets locations in Elkhart County. The grocery store chain is the food drive’s sponsor.

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.



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