More bathrooms and new parking among changes to Elkhart County Fair

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We are in the heart of fair season and another one starts Friday. It’s a 4-H fair that is one of the largest in the nation, the Elkhart County 4-H fair. Last year, more than 280,000 people came out to the 9-day event and they hope for more this year.

There are some changes that you want to know about. This year, the main entrance is farther east than before. Instead of being at gate 5, it is now at gate 7.

Gate 7 is wider than the old entrance and will enable more traffic flow and open up more parking spaces than ever before. They will also have trams that will grab you from your car and take you to the front gate.

For all you women out there, new bathrooms facilities have been added on the fairgrounds.

“We're really excited that we have two new restroom facilities at our fairgrounds,” Elkhart County 4-H fair Marketing Coordinator Kristy Ambrosen. “We had 280 thousand visits last year at the fair so we are blessed with a community that supports us but we do need to provide facilities. We believe that you want clean, efficient and enough restrooms and so we might spend a little less on some of the marketing items and spend more time and money on restrooms because we know how important that is to people.”

In addition, they have new food. Some of the items you want to look out for are the giant corn dog factory, the pineapple inside out funnel cake and fried Gatorade.

In terms of rides, they have more than enough rides for any and every one. They have an area for kids and an area for adults.

You can’t overlook the concerts planned this year. Artists in the 2014 concert series include 3 Doors Down, Francesca Battistelli, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery and Justin Moore.

Fair runs until July 26th. The fair opens at 8:30 a.m. and gate admission is $8.00 per person and includes access to the free grandstand. Children 9 years of age and under are FREE, onsite Parking is FREE and Grandstand seating is FREE.

For more information on other events, head to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair website.

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