Seventeen ways to find nature at the
Elkhart County 4-H Fair
by Dr. Carla Gull
Our local community loves the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. While we enjoy the steak tips, elephant ears, and rides, have you ever thought of finding nature at the fair? A few options include:
- Attend a cooking class for kids as part of the Farm to Table series.
- Be a farmer for the day as children drive a pedal tractor through the “farm” to plant seeds, gather eggs, harvest plants, and more.
- Explore turtles at the Elkhart County Parks Department’s turtle tank.
- Visit the 4-H exhibits, looking for entomology displays, rock collections, forestry exhibits, vegetables, nature photography, and more!
- Check out the rain gardens using native plants to help with water runoff.
- View the landscape and clouds from the top of the Ferris wheel.
- Watch calves being born in the Miracle of Life Calving Center.
- Attend a specialty show or display, such as the Silly Safari Animal Show in 2017. Each year these change, keeping offerings fresh and interesting.
- Visit Young McDonald’s Barn to see baby animals up close and personal.
- Walk through the 4-H livestock halls to see a variety of pigs, cows, goats, poultry and more! I am always amazed at the diversity of chickens.
- Visit the Home and Family Arts Building to see local fresh preserves, wooden carvings, nature photography, and other nature inspired entries.
- Explore the Green Earth Education Day on the last Friday of the fair, with local natural resource and environmental providers.
- Attend one of the many gardening classes throughout the week.
- Enter the upcycling contest to repurpose items that might otherwise end up in the landfill.
- Sit on recycled benches made from plastic caps collected by children.
- Eat local food at one of the many vendors, such as a lamb burger or a rabbit bratwurst.
- View the garden displays throughout the fairgrounds with unique upcycled components.
How will you find nature at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair?
Check out the schedule and events at 4hfair.org.
Dr. Carla Gull blogs at www.insideoutsidemichiana.com.
She is often seen with her four tag-along explorers in the greater Michiana area.