VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It is an annual tradition around the Fourth of July for the Vigo County Fair.
It's a time for vendors to come to the fairgrounds and make money and for people from all over to come and spend money in our local community.
Vendors from all across the county were setting up at the fairgrounds Friday.
But we spoke to one woman who says it isn't about the money.
"I believe this fairgrounds is the jewel of our community," said Jennifer Cook, president of the Board of Directors, Wabash Valley Fair Association.
Cook has been part of fair life for as long as she can remember. Her kids were 10-year 4-H members.
And she's been with the Wabash Valley Fair Association for about five years.
"I've been involved in the fair for a long time, that's one reason I volunteer to do this position. I love the fairgrounds. I love the fair," said Cook.
Out of all the events and draws to a county fair, many agree, it's about the food.
"There are people that love this fair food and I think that's why they come out, because they want to get into this fair food!" said Cook.
But it is about more than fun, food and fellowship.
This brings in a lot of money for a lot of people.
"We get a lot of visitors through obviously. It gives the community a good, solid place to be able to come and enjoy some quality entertainment," said Cook.
Vendors from all over the county bring their treats and grease to the fairgrounds.
For some, this is a red-letter week for staying in the black.
But Jennifer Brown has been bringing her sweet treats to the county fair for years.
And to her, it's about people.
"It's not about the money for us. This is a hobby that we enjoy giving back to our patrons and our community and being here to serve the people…It's like family almost. We get to know the kids by the end of the week," said Brown.
And really, in the end, a county fair can be considered a long-standing family tradition.
"While it's changed certainly with the times, it's still a staple for the community. Maybe, a lot of people, with the cost of fuel and everything, don't want to travel, we've got a great week of activities."
"It's a lot of fun. We really enjoy this week. As a matter of fact, it's one of our favorite events."
The fair association actually starts planning next year's fair before this year's fair is even finished.
You can also check out the fair website for more on what's going on next week.
In these terrific temps, it's easy for animals to become victims.
Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a Common Core test to state education leaders
Terre Haute has once again approved a tax anticipation loan in a 5 to 3 vote.
A group of students at Harrison College found themselves on trial Thursday.
A staple in our community is still fighting against a harsh disease.
The Vincennes Pet Port is taking measures to keep its swollen population of pets from freezing.