Ready or not, here comes The Elkhart County 4-H Fair. It opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 18.
If you’re visiting the fair on opening day, here’s what you need to know to have a great experience.
The fair is opening with what many consider to be ideal weather, sunny and 75.
AccuWeather predicts partial sun and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s Friday, with temperatures rising to the 80s through next week.
There’s a chance of afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.
Gate 5 is no longer the main entrance for fairgoers. Instead, you’ll enter through Gate 7, park and take a tram to the fair’s entrance at Gate G.
Seniors aged 62 and older will be admitted free until 3 p.m. Friday.
It’s also veterans’ day at the fair, and a free veterans’ recognition program will happen at 8:30 a.m. in the grandstand.
Other main events happening Friday include the senior queen pageant at 9:30 a.m., cheerleading contest at 2:30 p.m. and fair queen contest at 8 p.m. All of those events are free to attend and are at the grandstand area.
The carnival rides will be open from 12:30 to 11 p.m. Friday.
An interactive science exhibit for kids replaced the live stingray encounter that was planned previously. The science area is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at the Jayco Family Fun Center.
Other kids’ events include Young MacDonald’s Farm, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Premier’s Farm to Market Driving Course, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Youth Ag Ed Tent; Thank a Farmer Magic Show at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at the Youth Ag Ed Tent; and the Bengal Tiger Encounter at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Family Entertainment Center.
New this year is fried peanut butter with bacon, banana or tomato, along with coffee funnel cake, pineapple inside-out funnel cake and more.
If you’re looking for something healthy to eat, Flavor574 is helping to sponsor a pop-up restaurant in Young MacDonald’s farm that will feature dishes made with fresh vegetables for $5.