Allen County Fair returns with new events and old-time favorites

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – From Tuesday, July 27th until August 1st, the Allen County Fairgrounds will come alive once again. The fair is making a return after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The fairgrounds are located at 2726 Carroll Road. Fair hours vary daily, but a list of scheduled events can be found by clicking here.

This year you may notice areas of the fairgrounds have been paved. This is one improvement project the fair board worked on throughout the past year.

A new event this year includes “Touch a Truck.” Other fair events include monster truck rides, hot air balloon rides, midway rides, and food.

“The mission of the fair is really just to bring the community together. So for one, it’s one part for 4-H showcasing what they’ve done all year long. So it’s kind of their super bowl. And so it’s great to see that. But I mean everybody, from all walks of life come out to the fair and it’s kind of a time to slow down and really just kind of experience that kind of old-time traditional fun,” said Michelle Love, secretary for the fair board of directors.

Miss Allen County 2021 Carly Wilcox stopped by First News Sunday to share more about this year’s fair. See that in the interview above.

There are plenty of ways to save money if you’re heading out to the fair.

Each weekday you can get into the fair for free until noon. Kids five and under are free every day. On Thursday and Sunday, all carnival rides will only be one ticket. And Sunday, you can receive $2 off admission for Fairs Care Day and Military Appreciation.

For Fairs Care, you can bring a non-perishable food item and receive the $2 discount. All the food will support the Associated Churches and food banks. And when you’re out at the fair, you’re supporting the organization.

“The Allen County Fairgrounds is a nonprofit. So we receive 0 county funding like some of our neighboring counties. And so our fair is our biggest fundraiser. It’s what allows us to keep our doors open year-round and allows us to do improvements to the buildings because the Allen County Fairgrounds is also home of 4H, and a lot of other community organizations that utilize our buildings all year round,” said Love.

For more information on the fair, click here.

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