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Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair sees success this year

This year, the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair came with multiple new experiences for visitors. Now, fair organizers are reflecting on what worked and what didn't.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 8:18 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Organizers say the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair was a big hit this year. For the first time ever, people got to experience all the new amenities that have been in construction for the last three years. Now Fair Board members are reflecting on the positives and negatives.

For the livestock side of the fair, this is the first time 4-H members and their animals got to experience the new coliseum. Jason Hankins, Vice President of the Fair Board and Swine Superintendent, said for the most part operations ran smoothly.

One new addition to the 4-H fair this year was having the animals shown on AstroTurf, which laid on a bed of sand. But Hankins said they quickly learned it was a bit too slippery for the bigger animals, however, the smaller animals were okay. He said they decided to remove the Astroturf altogether to ensure the safety of the 4-Hers and the animals. They're now planning if and how they'll use it for future fairs. 

As for the carnival side of things, Hankins said he hasn't received any complaints. One major update this year was the addition of 800 parking spaces. He said parking ran smoothly and from lunchtime to close time, the fairgrounds stayed busy all week.

"I know we do have some bumps and challenges that we need to adjust and tweak but we're making notes of those," said Hankins. "For hitting the new grounds for the first time, with a full-fledged fair, I'd say success."

He's hoping people who came enjoyed the fair this year just as much as the organizers enjoyed getting to debut the new amenities to the public.

"I hope they came to the fair this year and they were able to enjoy it," said Hankins. "Not only with the new buildings but still with the enthusiasm that we always had."

He said the new coliseum's food court with all the various vendors was also a huge hit. Overall Hankins said they're looking forward to implementing what they learned to make next year's fair even better.

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