Every year, the folks in LaPorte County gather for a week of fun. For nearly two centuries, the community has come together to celebrate its agriculture, horticulture and, well, just plain culture. Legend has it that fur traders discovered the area in the 1600’s and thought of it as “the door” to rolling prairies and fertile land. By the 1800’s, settlers developed the land into productive farms.
Even today, much of LaPorte County is home to rural towns with strong farming heritages. The people who dwell on sweeping farmlands, country sides and orchards make up LaPorte’s finest farmers, crafters and bakers. This year marks the 172nd LaPorte County Fair, making it one of the oldest in the state. It’s rolling into town Sunday, July 9 – Saturday, July 15.
Here are some of the 2017 highlights:
Headliners Big & Rich and Granger Smith promise two epic nights of awesome concerts. Free performances from acts such as a Sinatra tribute, clog dancers and rock n’ roll bands take the stage all week long.
Demolition Derbies in the grandstands are a must-do at any county fair. Other exciting events include tractor pulls and the queen pageant.
Young and old can’t resist the fried favorites found at the fair – corn dogs, elephant ears and blooming onion. Corn on the cob, cotton candy and the Ham & Bean Dinner are delicacies not to be missed.
These fuzzy creatures are the stars of the show. Dairy cattle, rabbits, draft horses and more compete for the blue ribbon and bragging rights.
Take a whirl on the Gravitron, a spin on the merry-go-round or ride on the Ferris wheel. Or, better yet, get a pass and ride them all. Don’t forget to test your luck at the midway.
This crowd has mastered more than just husbandry. See the latest and greatest in Indiana agriculture and horticulture. Admire needlework, handcrafts and flowers, some of which you can bring home from the bazaar. Take in the all the foods, pies and cake that these masters have concocted.
Besides all of the agricultural glory at the LaPorte County Fair, the community honors its past at Pioneer Land. Located on the fairgrounds, it features a 19th century village reminiscent of days long gone. Reenactors imitate the life of LaPorte County’s earliest settlers. Pioneer Land boasts a log cabin, blacksmith shop, antique post & beam barn, one-room schoolhouse, post office, general store, Farm Bureau cabin, pioneer heritage cabin, outdoor cooking kitchen, quilters’ cabin, artisan barn and wash house. It’s only open during the fair, school tours, select dates in December and private events, so it’s always a must-see at this time of year.
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