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Fare at the fair: What it costs

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Doug Addison (right) and Melisa Alkire help prepare fish at the Charlottesville Lions Club tent at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds.

(Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)
Doug Addison (right) and Melisa Alkire help prepare fish at the Charlottesville Lions Club tent at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

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.



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

Burger $5

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.


Thrill bills

5 tickets: Power Surge

5: Rock and Roll

4: Ferris wheel

4: Tilt-A-Whirl

3: Merry-go-round

3: Octopus




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

Burger $3

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.



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.

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