The Elkhart County 4-H Fair, which has become a staple of the community, has come a long way since its inception in 1851. Since the first fair in 1851, there have been 22 times when the annual event did not take place. The Civil War disrupted the fair in 1862 and 1864. The largest time without a fair was from 1868-1873 (6 years) and 1894-1907 (14 years). Despite these challenges, the fair has persevered and continued to grow, becoming a cherished part of the Elkhart County community. Over the years, it has grown in size, scope, and reputation, becoming a much-loved tradition that brings families, friends, and neighbors together to celebrate the best of Elkhart County.