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.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair 2014: Get ready to arm wrestle at this year's 4-H fair

The popular event was canceled last year, but a fair organizer says it’s coming back for next month’s fair.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

Arm wrestling is back at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair

The one-day event usually draws about 40 competitors, but it was canceled last year because of issues with insurance and liability, according to organizer Jennifer Prough.

Those problems are fixed for this year, so participants can count on some friendly competition.

The contest is for adults 18 and older and it’s double-elimination style, meaning you can lose once and still be in the game, Prough explained.

She estimates about half of the people who enter the contest are looking for casual fun, while others are serious arm wrestlers.

“I think a lot of (participants) want a place to compete that’s not the Strongman competition, because they have a lot of upper body strength,” Prough said. “A lot of them have expressed to me that people think of arm wrestling as a bar thing, but it’s not. It’s a thing that’s out there as a sport that people like to do.”

The arm wrestling competition will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the activities pad on the fairgrounds. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.

Call the fair office with questions at 533-3247.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

contest results
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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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