[Around Town with Brett] Elkhart County 4-H Fair by the numbers

Pork burgers, dairy bar vanilla strawberry twist ice cream and tractor pull, oh my! 

Goshen boasts one of the largest county fairs in the nation. Yesterday was the 35th "Parade 5,000 Road Run" followed by the infamous parade. I'll leave you with some photos of the parade, but first, let's take a look at the 4-H program and our county fair by the numbers.

BY THE NUMBERS

6 million young people in the U.S. are 4-H members

110 universities in the U.S. are 4-H partners

1851 was the inaugural year of the Elkhart County Fair which was held on the county courthouse square

9 day annual event

384 acres of land makes up our fair campus

$2,773,535 annual revenue reported in 2013 by Elkhart County 4-H & Agricultural Exposition, Inc.

269,064 guests visited the fair in 2014

4700 Elkhart County youth are involved in 4-H

8000 projects are displayed annually at the fair

60 buildings throughout the fair campus

900 RV sites - some temporary, some permanent

150 other events are held at the fairgrounds when the fair is not being held

Thanks to everyone who walked with us along the parade route. Stop by Commercial Exhibit Building E, spaces 26 and 27 - we would love to meet you!

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Brett Weddell

I have lived in Goshen my entire life, 39 years this May. I married my high school sweetheart, Robin, and we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary this August. We have two energetic sons, Lleyton and Merrill, along with two border collies, Lex and Frannie. I attended Waterford Elementary School, Towncrest Junior High School and Goshen High School. The same schools my father attended and the same schools my children currently attend. Post high school, I received a Bachelor's in Optometry from Indiana University, Bloomington, followed by my Doctor of Optometry in 2001. Robin graduated from Goshen High School and is a Goshen College alum. I am co-owner of Wellington & Weddell Eye Care located in downtown Goshen. WWEC was founded in 1926 and has been a part of downtown Goshen since its beginning. As a small business owner, I bring to the table my experience with creating and meeting budgets and the ability to make difficult decisions required of leaders. As a healthcare provider, I exhibit compassion and empathy towards everyone. I am able to listen, and make decisions that directly affect my patients. I am always looking out for my patient’s best interests, just as I am serving my community.