Five things you need to know about eating at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair

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By: Marshall V. King

Julia Moss/The Elkhart Truth

Eating at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair can get pricey, and it can get greasy, but it’s not all funnel cakes and corn dogs. Here’s what you need to know before you strap on your bib and head out to the fairgrounds.

  • It’ll cost you. There are deals to be found, but fair food tends to cost more than other places for a variety of reasons. And higher food prices at the moment will make you pay more at the fair.
  • Food Row is where it’s at. A strip of blacktop from what used to be the main gate on the north and the midway to the south is lined with buildings and stands serving food. You can find a bunch out by the grandstand too. But if someone talks about Food Row, it means there’s a lot of food there.
  • It’s not all unhealthy. You can find salads and lean meats. You can find a lot to eat that’s not fried if that’s what you want.
  • Alcohol isn’t served. While you may long for a craft beer with that great sausage sandwich, you won’t get it at the fair. The group that operates the fair has not allowed alcohol to be sold on the grounds.
  • You can eat charitably. A number of food vendors make their living or part of it from selling food at the fair. Many of them support by giving to local causes. In addition, a number of stands are operated by 4-H clubs or civic groups that raise money for charitable causes. If you spend your money with those groups, you help the projects they support.

In case you missed it, here is Marshall King’s take on what’s new in fair food this year. Plus, we’ll be bringing you plenty more coverage of what to try and where to find it once the fair kicks off Friday, July 18.

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