It would not be summer without a county fair. The Allen County Fair opens on Tuesday, July 24 and closes on Monday, July 30. These seven days will be filled with animals, children, competitions, carnival rides, and fun. Just as it should be. The Allen County Fair holds a special place in my heart. It was my first “real” county fair. By “real” I mean a fair  with 4-H competitions, a rodeo, big dinners, carnival rides, and lots of animals. My home county, down South, has a fair, but there is no commercial chicken competition or llama tent. Instead there is a car show, quilt competition, and coal tent. See the difference? At my first Allen County Fair in 2011 a young chicken competitor kindly taught me how to hold a chicken properly, I had my picture made with a llama, and I learned that swine have no sweat glands. I also learned a lot from the 4-H Exhibit Tent, which is open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the fair. It was exciting to see children and young adults developing very important professional and personal skills through these activities and competitions. The 4-H organization is a great thing. Everyone should support these young people. The fair is a great opportunity for learning, for both participants and visitors - young and old. This year every day of the fair is full of entertainment and activities. Bring your family and enjoy a day or evening of fun. Activities at the fair start daily at 7:00 a.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m. General admission is $5.00 and children younger than 5 get in free. The Allen County Fair grounds are located at 2726 Carroll Road  Fort Wayne. A few daily highlights of the fair include: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:00 p.m. - Poultry Show 7:30 p.m. - Rodeo ($7.00) Wednesday, July 25, 2012  3:00 p.m. - Goldenaires Vocal Ensemble 6:00 p.m. - PULSE Performing Arts Dance Studio Performance Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. - Indiana Wild Animal Show 3:00 p.m. - 4-H Silent Auction 8:00 p.m. - Living Stones Music Performance Friday, July 27, 2012  4:00 p.m. - Classic Car Cruise-In 7:00 p.m. - 4x4 Truck Pull ($5.00) 7:30 p.m. - Farmer Olympics Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:00 a.m. - Antique Tractor Cruise 3:00 p.m. - Dog Agility Demonstration 7:30 p.m. - Demolition Derby ($7.00) 8:00 p.m. - Josh Copp Band Performance Sunday, July 29, 2012 9:00 a.m. - Horse Show Opens 1:00 p.m. - Hearts of Fire Performance 5:00 p.m. - 4-H Awards Monday, July 30, 2012 12:30 p.m. - Livestock Auction