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Porter County Fair features 4H exhibits, judging and auction

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The 168th Porter County Fair is underway with concerts, carnival rides, games, food concessions, competitions, live animal shows and other entertainment.

The highlights of the Fair are the 4-H exhibits and competitions. Youths spend the year honing their skills and creating entries in everything from sewing, photography, creative writing, baking, robotics and raising livestock.

It is a unique opportunity to see pigs, sheep, goats, poultry, cattle and rabbits that have been raised by 4-H youths all year.

Children undertaking 4-H projects range from grades three through 12. The fair usually features about 300 livestock projects.

After days of displaying cattle or other market animals, the judging and 4-H Celebration Sale are the 4-H memberís time to shine.

The Celebration Sale will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the Farm Credit Show Arena, where champion animals are auctioned.

The Porter County 4-H program continues to be the heart and soul of the fair with many generations of families having competed throughout the years at the Porter County Fair.

This year, fair-goers will experience numerous improvements made to the fairgrounds and the Porter County Expo Center. Porter County government recently spent $3.8 million dollars upgrading the Porter County Expo Center, and the space better accommodates the fairís commercial vendors and events. Other enhancements to the fairground include additional parking and more food concessions adding up to over 50 food vendors.

The fairís concessions feature a variety of local and travelling vendors. The concessions are now spread out along the midway and in a new food court area where there are two dining tents. People can also sit and enjoy their food at the numerous picnic tables while taking in a show at the nearby Free Entertainment Area.

Entertaining acts are continuous throughout the day and are either at the Park Place Pavilion, Free Entertainment Area or roaming the grounds, like the Max Power 9-foot dancing robot.

These shows are free with general admission.

The fairís birthing barn is another big attraction. It is an educational experience where people can witness the miracle of life as baby piglets, calves, and kids (baby goats) are born right before their eyes. Porter County Fair is one of the few county fairs in the country that has a birthing barn.

Maggie, the milking cow exhibit that will be right outside the 1st Source Bank Birthing Barn is new this year. Built from fiberglass, she is a life-size cow with working udders so fairgoers can try their hand at milking a cow.

The fair runs through Saturday, July 27.



Posted 7/22/2019





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