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Porter County Fair

     The Porter County Fair runs July 20th thru July 29 th 2023  Lots of things have changed at the fair, and we have focused these changes below. The Grandstand features top-notch entertainment every evening of the Porter County Fair. Other than first-class concerts you can experience the Fireworks, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, Horse Shows and more! “A fair must continually evolve,” stated Dave Bagnall,” Fair Manager.

     PanoramaNOW Special Tips:
    1. There’s a QR Code at t he FRONT ENTRANCE.
 you won’t want to  will miss a lot of the free activities!
    2. Arrive before Noon and get in FREE!

HERE’S Some Things You Didn’t KNOW –

   Birthing Barn: This is New this Year, it’s where the old Buggy Wheel Pavilion used to be towards the back by the grand stand entrance. There will be one birthing each day. Check out their sign outside the building for the times. Some of the kinds of animal include: cows, as well as sows, hogs and goats. The barn has been updated and 4-H volunteers will help with the birthing. Click Here for Full Birthing Article!
   Trolleys: Did you know there are 3 Trolleys working continuously throughout the afternoon? The Trolley locations have moved this year, and there is a pickup right outside the front gate this year.
   Antique Tractor Tent: Again, south of the Midway Buildings and towards the back, there’s an entire tent devoted to an Antique Tractor Display that is a very large and special selection. This tent is actually labeled “Large Machinery” although the staff calls it “the antique tractors.”
   Petting Zoo: If you couldn’t find the petting zoo, there’s a reason. It’s actually labeled the “Barnyard Tent” and like the Free entertainment it has been moved to the South side of the fair SOUTH OF ALL OF THE BUILDINGS! (South is on your right as you walk in.)

   Free Entertainment: The free entertainment has MOVED! If you just walk in to the fair and walk straight in thru the food vendors, you will see the FREE Entertainment is located just a few steps from the entrance on the north side, just west of the carnival rides. These free activities  
     4-H Changes:
Even 4H events and projects have evolved from  agricultural to include more progressive S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Robotics and Maker Space  projects, through financial support by ArcelorMittal.

     The Exhibit Hall features – the exhibits to explore ranging from antique machinery to home economics in the open class. Explore the exhibits and see what Porter County has to offer!
     Free activities are lots to things to see and do which include barnyard exhibits, antique machinery exhibits, Commercial building (Expo Center) barnyard shows, Animal shows, (Tiger, rabbit, dog, horse, goat, and many more)  BBQ competition, and many more. Carnival rides cost extra.

2023 PORTER COUNTY FAIR GrandStand  LINE UP: (8:30 am – 11pm),

Thursday, July 20th: Jon Pardi
 Friday, July 21st: Jelly Roll
Saturday, July 22nd: Zach Williams
Sunday, July 23rd:  Oak Ridge Boys
 3-5pm: Free Balloon Animals! (by Balloontacular Entertainment)
Monday, July 24th: ABP Rodeo & Bull Riding
Tuesday, July 25th: Midget Wrestling Warriors
Wednesday, July 26th: Truck and Tractor Pull
Thursday, July 27th:  Auto Cross Mud Drags
3-5pm: Free Balloon Animals! (by Balloontacular Entertainment)
Friday, July 28th: Demo Derby
Saturday, July 29th: 3-6pm: Figure 8 Towing and School Bus Derby

2023 Free Entertainment Shows!:

Swifty Swine Racing Pigs at porter county fair scaledSwifty Swine Racing Pigs
     If you’ve never been to a pig race, you’re in for a real treat! Swifty and his friends don’t do it for the money, what they really want is that Oreo cookie, waiting on a silver platter at the finish line! They run as fast as their little legs can take ’em, and then it’s back to nap time to be ready for the next race! Swifty Swine travels all over the United States, bringing this unique form of family entertainment to their fans.
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Ready To Go Dog Show!

     With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Ready Go Dog Show is the perfect combination of wow factor & comedy, in a family-friendly show! This professional, high-energy show is made up of the country’s premier canine athletes. These rescued rockstars love what they do and will wow the crowd with their natural ability to fly through the air!
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Aquatic Acrobat Show
     Be entertained by five generations of acrobatic talent as they perform a dazzling show on a custom-designed water stage which is complete with special effects and a computerized sound system.
The unique show features 30 minutes of word-class acts by entertainers attired in colorful mermaid and sailor costumes.
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Scott’s World of Magic
     Scott’s World of Magic features futuristic elements that capture the attention and imagination of Kids from age 2 to 92! As a producer of family shows for over two decades “World-Wide”, Scott’s new show is one you definitely won’t want to miss!
Wild World of Animals at porter county fair scaledWild World of Animals:
     The Wild World of Animals Show was voted one of the top five Edu/tainment shows in the world in 2007 by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. We have performed in 36 different states, coast to coast, and are always well-received by children and adults alike.

        Admission is Free before noon, $10 per person after Noon. Though most buildings and entertainment don’t start until Noon. Buildings close at 9 and food/rides will go until about 10-11:00pm. Bracelets are $25 for all day rides.

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Watch our 2022 Fair Queen Video On Youtube!

2022 Porter County Fair Queen Winner! Talks About Competing on PanormaNOW Videos
Learn About the Porter County Fair. See Fair QUEEN Maddie Cary  talk about Competing in the Pageant and more. Hear tidbits about the Fair, Upcoming Festivals, Front Porch Music Fest, Brewski Fest, and NWI Singles and more Sponsored by Blythe’s Athletics and Sporting Goods.
Short Youtube Video!
Longer 20 min Facebook Video with Maddie Cary #1
Longer 15 min. Facebook Video with Maddie Cary #2

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See Our Birthday Barn Video, Click HERE!

Grandstand Entertainment have additional ticket sales and reservations. For more info  call 219-462-0321. For 4-H Questions call Jean Grott at 219-465-3557. 

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Birthing Barn is the NEW Attraction at Porter County Fair

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Blythe’s Athletics at the Porter County Fair

by BeckyMateja-Lombardini,      What do sports, fairs, ranges, ranches, and Labradors have in common?  Mike Blythe of Valparaiso Indiana!  Mike is the owner of Blythe’s Athletics, Blythe’s Horse Farm, Creekside Stable & Kennels and is an integral supporter of the Porter County Fair.  Back in 1982, a young man from Griffith, Indiana…

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.