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Eddie Stevenson and Craig Harris battle it out for the lightweight arm wrestling championship at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Saturday, July 24, 2010. The competition returns to the fair in 2014. (Ryan M.L. Young / The Elkhart Truth)

Northridge High School athlete Joe Mitchell grimaces as he concentrates on the finish line during the tractor pull in the strongman competition at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Saturday. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Cheerleaders from Northwood Middle School perform at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Cheerleading Competition in Goshen, Ind. on Friday, July 20, 2012. (Evey Wilson / The Elkhart Truth)

Pat Laffoon plays a game of Horseshoes during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 25, 2013. He won first place in the competition. (Julia Moss / The Elkhart Truth)

Derek Vogelzang and Mike Wallace play 3-on-3 basketball during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. The popular tourney will be staged again in 2014. (Julia Moss / The Elkhart Truth)

The "Parade 5000" Road Run kicked off the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Youth Parade as hundreds of runners led the way down Main Street on their way to the fairgrounds in Goshen Sunday afternoon. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Danian Ross Nutt of Parkhill, Calif., jumps from his horse onto a steer in the steer wrestling event during the rodeo at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. (Ryan M.L. Young / The Elkhart Truth)
Basketball, cheers and ringers return for another Elkhart County 4-H Fair run

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.

Arm wrestling is muscling its way back into 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 regular 4-H Fair competition staple events — horseshoe pitching, cheeerleading, harness racing, 3-on-3 basketball, strongman and barnball are also scheduled. 


Cheerleading Contest

When: 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 18.

Where: Grandstand.

What to expect: Area high school and middle school cheerleading teams performing three-minute tumbling and dance routines to music. Awards go to the winning teams, and the team with the loudest, most supportive crowd wins the Spirit Award.


When: 6:30 p.m. nightly from Friday, July 18, to Friday, July 25.

Where: Horseshoe courts.

What to expect: A week-long horseshoe pitching contest that culminates to seven finalists competing in the championship round Friday, July 25.


When: 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19 (registration at 8 a.m.)

Where: Farmstead barn.

What to expect: Men and women’s divisions competing in the tire flip, the harnessed tractor pull, the keg carry, the obstacle course and the log flip.

Arm Wrestling

When: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19 (registration at 11:30 a.m. at Farmstead barn)

Where: Activities pad.

Parade 5,000 Road Run

When: 1:20 p.m. Sunday, July 20 (registration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Where: Starting line at Rogers Park. Registration at the Corporate Picnic Tent Area at Goshen High School.

What to expect: A 5K run down the Elkhart County 4-H Fair parade route. The course is flat and fast, and awards go to winners in each age division. The field is limited to the first 500 entries.

3-on-3 Basketball

When: 6:30 p.m. daily Monday, July 21, to Thursday, July 24.

Where: Basketball courts

What to expect: Slam-dunk and 3-point contests will follow the conclusion of the tournament on Thursday.


When: Youth 3-point contest 4 p.m. daily Monday, July 21, to Friday, July 25. Senior citizen barnball 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Registration for each is a half hour before the contest.

Where: Farmstead barn.


When: 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, July 25.

Where: Grandstand.