Looking for baby animals at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair?
Your first stop should be Young MacDonald’s Barn, near the commercial buildings and the Park Stage. The mother animals in Young MacDonald’s usually give birth during fair week.
Three goat kids were born at Young MacDonald’s Saturday morning, July 19, and were already exploring their pen by noon. Also look for Bandit and Bambi, twin kids born Tuesday, July 15, and a goat kid born Friday, July 18.
Polly Porkchop, a sow living in the barn for the week, gave birth to piglets late Friday night. They’re squirming around at Young MacDonald’s barn as well.
Young MacDonald’s also has miniature horses and donkeys, baby chicks and rabbits. Visitors can see the animals up close and learn about their care from veterinarians on-site.
Just behind Young MacDonald’s Farm is the Miracle of Life Birthing Center, where visitors can visit new calves and watch cows give birth.
As of noon Saturday, there were four calves at the birthing center. Two were born in the middle of the previous night.
Calves at the birthing center are behind a gate and a rope fence. It’s fine to take photos, but visitors shouldn’t try to pet them.
What’s your favorite animal to look for at the fair? Tweet @ElkhartTruth with a photo or use the hashtag #ecfair.