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ABC 57 News gives you a front row seat on all the 4-H Fair action

ELKHART CO., Ind. -- It's one of the biggest county fairs in the country.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is in full swing, and we have your front-row seat for all of the fun.

It's just getting started and so far, attendance has been huge. About 250,000 people are expected to come out to the fair this year.

Boy, have times changed. Did you know that the Elkhart County 4-H Fair started back in 1851? Farmers gathered together to show off their skills and new techniques. Now it's one of the biggest fairs in the country.

On Wednesday night, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell will perform at the grandstand. It's part of his "Goodbye Tour". The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets on the track are sold out. However, seating in the grandstands is free. You'll need to arrive early to get a seat.

If country music isn't your thing, there is also a lot of rides and food, not to mention the hundreds of animals and 4-H projects.

Kids from all over Elkhart County are showing off their work. There are exhibits showing everything from rockets to fishing to baking and farm animals.

Participants told us they spent hours every day working on their fair projects.

Once the shows and competitions are done, the animals will be auctioned off to the higest bidders. Proceeds go to the fairgrounds and sponsors.

You also can't go to the fair without mentioning the food. Right now, dozens of vendors are set up along the Midway. The fair is featuring eveything from the fried favorites like corn dogs and funnel cakes to the outrageous like deep fried Twinkies or Kool-Aid. New this year, is the bacon elephant ear. Go ahead and forget your diet, after all, the fair is just once a year.

ABC 57's Jamie Martin and Brian Dorman will be out at the fair Wednesday night. We hope you'll stop by and say, "Hello!"

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