Lake County Fair Brings Excitement to Student’s Summers

Hannah Hendron

The Lake County Fair in Crown Point concluded this past Sunday on the fifteenth. After taking a hiatus year due to COVID-19, the fair came back in full swing with varied vendors, food, rides, games, and exhibits. The Lake County Fair had all of the successful components to make any individual’s experience joyous.
The previous year, due to COVID-19, the Lake County Fair was not able to proceed normally and the fair was canceled. Luckily, with safety measures in place, the Lake County Fair was able to move forward, entertaining the public with all of the exciting fair amenities. The Lake County Fair Association worked to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all who attended. Everyone who attended was asked to follow the recommended guidelines for social distancing and utilized their masks in crowded areas. Anyone who felt symptoms of COVID-19 or disregarded the recommended guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety were asked to leave in a professional and private manner. Hand sanitation stations were strategically placed around the fairgrounds to maximize their use, and the janitorial staff wiped down hand rails and other highly trafficked areas. The Lake County Fair Association put the effort in to make the Lake County Fair pleasant for all to enjoy and remember.
Regarding whether or not sophomore, Catherine Cavazos had a good time, Cavazos said, “I thought the fair was very exciting! I’ve gone many times before in the previous years.”
A classic aspect of the fair is the carnival portion where individuals were able to spend their time riding rides, playing games, and munching on yummy food. These aspects are integral to the fair experience, and Lake County Fair did not disappoint. The fair hosts thirty rides from the North American Midway company that works to ensure the fair has the best family and thrill rides around. Anyone who was interested in experiencing all of the rides was able to purchase a Mega Pass, which allowed them access to all rides throughout the duration of the fair including special access to the short line. Classic fair games were also scattered all around the fair for individuals to earn cute plushies or other prizes. Various types of fair food was even brought by different vendors, such as corn dogs, funnel cakes, and sweet corn.
When talking about the food and rides, Cavazos said, “I went on a bunch of rides from the Ferris wheel to the Tilt-A- Whirl the Matterhorn, and the swings. The rides were great, and my friend and I had a really good time. I also ate really good chicken strips with a delicious lemonade and a vanilla ice cream cone.”
The Lake County Fair offers much more than rides, food, and games as individuals were able to experience other enjoyable events. Families who made their way down to the fair were able to watch cows being milked in the milking parlor, newborn piglets and their mothers in the pig nursery, and the show-me safari petting zoo. Exhibits at the fair were based around crafts, flowers and agriculture, and animals shows for people to see. Free contests were also held throughout the fair, where individuals participated in bean spitting, pedal pull, frog jump, paper planes, and pie eating. Motorsports attraction from a demolition derby to truck pulling and even

a Monster Truck show were located at the Grandstand. The fair brought a wide range of activities for individuals to partake in and enjoy as they sauntered their way throughout the fair.
When asked what she would recommend, Cavazos said, “I would recommend the Matterhorn, because they play music and have lights that are very pretty.”
It seems this year’s 169th Lake County Fair was successful in providing a little bit of everything for everyone!