By Cassidy White
GOSHEN — This is an announcement local residents are sure to be excited about and, if assumptions are correct, they’ve been waiting almost a year to hear it.
This announcement is none other than the confirmed lineup for this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair grandstand and concert series.
Kicking things off like a bull in the stands, 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, will be the Fair Queen Pageant. 4-H will be accepting a maximum of 50 participants into the pageant this year. Applications must be completed and turned in by June 10 for a chance to be this year’s Fair Queen.
Saturday night is a great night to go out and get wild. Why not watch Kansas rock it out at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23? Performing many of their greatest hits, including, “Carry On My Wayward Son,” and, “Dust in the Wind,” this is sure to be a memorable night.
Cory Asbury will be taking the stage at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24. With his angelic voice and faithful lyrics, he’s sure to soothe those Sunday blues and share his gospel with all his fans.
New to the scene and new to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is none other than Jameson Rodgers, bringing Niko Moon along for the ride. 8 p.m. Monday, July 25, locals will be given the chance to come watch a great performance from an up-and-coming new country artist. This concert is one you truly don’t want to miss.
The main event which all your friends and family are so to be talking about for weeks is none other than the Brothers Osborn, alongside Morgan Wade. A country band who knows how to pop is sure to draw the crowds in and give them the night of their life. Be sure to catch them on stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.
Having wrapped up the concert series, we can get into the fun-for-the-whole-family events. at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and again at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 28, will be the truck and tractor pulls. This year will feature four Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champion Stewart Classes.
Nothing says county fair like a good old fashioned rodeo. Featuring bull riding, equestrian tricks, and everything in between, this is sure to make every cowboy and cowgirl out there excited. As a Midwest tradition, this will be a great event for all ages. Bring the whole family out at 1 p.m. or 8 p.m. Friday, July 29.
Last but certainly not least will be the demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Beat up trucks and epic tricks, what more could you ask for? This event will close out the 4-H fair this year, and what a better way to end it than to let a few wrecked cars loose in the grandstand for an all out vehicular brawl. You”ll be sure to feel like crashed into heaven.
Ticket sales will be staggered starting My 6 with Cory Asbury and continue through the month. The complete list is as follows:
May 6 — Cory Asbury. Grandstand $10, track seating $25.
May 13 — Kansas. Grandstand $25, track seating $35. For the truck and tractor pulls, grandstand $10.
May 20 — Jameson Rodgers with Niko Moon. Grandstand $20, track seating $40. For the rodeo, grandstand $10.
May 27 — Brothers Osborne with Morgan Wade. Grandstand $30, track seating $45. For the demolition derby, grandstand tickets are $10.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.4hfair.org/p/tickets starting May 6. You can also check the website for a map of the fairgrounds, more information on the events, or contact them if necessary. In the meantime, get excited because July will be here soon.