Allen County Fair helps Farmers Care food drive

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Food is always one of the attractions of the Allen County Fair. Crowds visit the fairgrounds on Carroll Road to enjoy carnivals treats on the midway and home-cooked meals at the Home and Family Arts Building.

The fair also offers an opportunity to share food with the less fortunate, and to accept the Fair Board’s thanks in return.

Each day from July 25-30, the entry tent will accept canned or other nonperishable foods for the Community Harvest Food Bank. Thirty-five Indiana counties are supporting the Farmers Care program leading up to the Indiana State Fair. This marks Allen County’s second year in the program, Fair Board President Jerry Hammond said.

The first 250 people to donate food items will receive tickets to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 4-20 in Indianapolis. Advance general admission tickets are valued at $8.

On Sunday, Allen County Fair patrons who donate food items will receive a $2 discount off the $5 admission price.

Guests at the fair’s closing day will find a bargain on the midway, too, when all rides will be just $1. Carnival rides also are just $1 on Kids’ Day,Thursday, July 27. On other nights, fairgoers might choose an all-inclusive rides wristband, which is available for just $15 if purchased online in advance.

“That’s actually a pretty good deal because you save $5 from the regular wristband price,” Hammond said.

Get one-day ride wristbands at allencountyfairgroundsin.com through July 24. “There’s a link and then either an email voucher or attach it to your cellphone and get your wristband,” Hammond said.

Community groups will serve home-style meals Wednesday-Saturday. Prices vary.

• Wednesday5 p.m. — ham dinner, served by Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

• Thursday5 p.m. — chicken dinner, served by Agape Church of the Brethren.

• Friday5 p.m. — fish fry dinner, served by Huntertown Lions Club.

• Saturday, 5 p.m. — beef and noodle dinner, served by Huntertown VFW Post 11314.

The Cedar Creek Lions Club will serve the Fireman Appreciation Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, which is Family Fun Day.

The Masonic Lodge will operate the pull strip food booth each evening and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Visit allencountyfairgroundsin.com for the full fair schedule.

Regular fair admission is $5, and free for children age 5 and younger. Parking is free.