WARSAW — Kosciusko County Community Fair will be July 8-13 this year. This year’s theme will be “Red, White and Blue And Old Engines Too.”
The fair will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The annual fair parade will be Sunday, July 7, through the streets of Warsaw and head to the fairgrounds at 1400 East Smith St.
4-H members will present animals during various shows throughout the week. There will be many carnival rides and wide variety of food booths.
4-H activities and shows begin June 23 with the cat show and the “Pocket Caged Critter Show.” On July 7, contests involving goats and rabbits kicks into gear. On July 8, five days of animal shows will begin. The livestock auction starts at 10 a.m. July 13 with the sale of champions set for 6 p.m. that night.
For a second consecutive year, the fair will have limited racing activities because of the on-going lawsuit by neighbors who live along Winona Lake who are trying to reinstitute a ban on motorized racing at the speedway.
The fair board says expanded racing is a key to the future success of the fairgrounds and is seeking to have regular weekend racing at the track in the summertime.
Fair officials say the lack of racing has already hurt the fair board’s finances and could have an impact on decisions for entertainment at the fair this year.
Supporters of the fair are also involved in sprucing up the memorial garden area where photos are taken of fair winners.
Earlier this year, plans were announced by Junior Leaders to support a landscaping project for the fairground’s memorial garden.
The work would include a pavilion, benches and new plants. Total cost is expected to be about $28,000.
Mindy Wise, the 4-H youth development coordinator, said they’ve also lined up grant money through two sources. One is from ArrowHead Country RC&D and another is a two-for-one matching program with Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District. They are also seeking donations.
To learn more, call the extension office at (574) 372-2340.