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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.