An afternoon or an evening at the Hancock County 4-H Fair means a stroll through the livestock barns and the 4-H Exhibit Hall. It also means food, and maybe even a ride on the Ferris wheel. How much will all this cost? If you’re going to the fair over its final three evenings, here’s what you might expect to pay for a night of entertainment.
ON THE MIDWAY
Original Elephant Ear with cinnamon and sugar $5
Gourmet Funnel Cake: flavors include apple, strawberry and original $6
Basket of fried Oreos $5
Shaved ice cone: flavors include blue raspberry, margarita, watermelon, root beer and green apple $4
Corn dog $4; deluxe corn dog (foot long) $6
Philly cheese steak $7
Deep fried veggies, bloomin’ onions, green tomatoes, mushrooms or onion rings $5
It takes three to five tickets to enjoy the rides. Kiddie rides cost three tickets, with prices increasing as thrills go up. Tickets are $1 each; family packs are 18 for $20, and Super Savers include 60 tickets for $50.
5 tickets: Power Surge
5: Rock and Roll
4: Ferris wheel
OFF THE MIDWAY
Local groups are offering a wide variety of goodies for every appetite.
Charlottesville Lions Club’s “Almost world famous” tenderloin and fish sandwiches $5; drink $1; French fries $1
4-H Junior Leaders (inside the Exhibition Hall)
Walking tacos $4
Veggie Wrap $3.50
Cheese dog or Coney dog $2; Cheese/Coney dog combo $2.50
Snow cone, large $3
Whatever you eat at the fair, leave room for Tri Kappa doughnuts: 75 cents each or $6 for a dozen.
And nothing beats a hot, humid central Indiana afternoon like a full-blown, genuinely authentic, fresh-from-the-cow milk shake from the Farm Bureau Dairy Bar: $2 for a small one, but for another buck, you go large and splurge. After all, it’s the county fair.
UNDER THE TENT
The Commercial Building, open from 5 to 9 p.m. daily, features an eclectic roster of vendors peddling everything from T-shirts to turquoise. It’s worth a stop, whether you want to browse or buy. Here are a few things you’ll find:
NASCAR-themed night lights, for $20, might catch racing fans’ attention. The S&S Racewear booth also carries die-cast collector cars, three-dimensional Colts wall plaques and a 1950s Radio Flyer roadster scooter.
An entire farm yard of trinkets, puppets and T-shirts awaits at M&B Enterprises’ booth. T-shirts range from $17-$23, and marionette string puppets from $7-$15.
Belts, wallets, key fobs and other leather goods are available at the booth run by perennial fair (and Riley Festival) favorite Skeets’ Leather. You can get a wallet for $8 and belt for as little as $10. The cigarette holder emblazoned with the Stars and Bars is certain to be a conversation starter.