The Elkhart County 4H Fair began Friday morning and runs through Saturday, July 27.
Even through the heat, fair organizers say they expect similar numbers as years past. The event is the largest fair in the state and one of the biggest in the country drawing nearly a quarter million attendees.
This year brings some new attractions as well as renewed favorites.
The fair offers an updated menu including deep-fried jelly beans and a caramel corn bacon sundae. This is also the second year for the elephant exchange featuring 51 year-old Cora – an elephant from Asia.
Also new in 2013, the fair, along with other fairs and festivals throughout the state, is participating in a food drive to benefit local families in need. By donating canned goods at Gate B, G or the main entrance, people will recieve "ride vouchers" and the chance to win tickets to the Indiana State Fair.
“One of the things we're really excited about this year is the fair's care food drive,” said Monica Gould of the fair’s inner-grounds entertainment. “That is an opportunity for people to donate food when they come into the food grounds. All that food stays local. And we have partnered with church community services to give that food to local food banks for families right here in our community"
Fair admission is $8 for adults, and free for kids under 9. Ticket price includes admission to the Grandstand events.
For more information on the Elkhart County 4H fair, click here for the website.