Four-H members have been busy these last few weeks finishing projects and meeting at the 4-H Building, where judging has been conducted in preparation for the Lake County Fair, which opens Friday and runs through Aug. 11 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 899 S. Court St.
Once again, patrons can park free at Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St., and catch a free shuttle bus to the fairgrounds. The buses begin operating at noon each day. Visit www.lake-county-fair.com for information on admission fees (free before 3 p.m. on weekdays), contests, arena and grandstand events, and much more.
Don’t forget to stop by the 4-H Building and see all the fine projects young members work so hard to complete. Also, stop in at the Fine Arts Building and take a look at all the adult entries.
Cruise Night moves
Once again, the Thursday night Crown Point Car Cruise will leave the square during the Lake County Fair. The cruise will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. this Thursday and Aug. 8 at Beacon Hill Plaza, 109th and Broadway
Wayne Para of Five Star DJ will provide music, sponsored by Dave Hirata of Hirata’s Lowell Body Shop, Lowell Automotive and Hammer’d Restos & Customs. This is a free family event.
Cooking at the market
On Saturdays in August, the Crown Point parks and special events departments are offering a new program at the Farmers Market on Main Street south of the downtown square.
Children will be able to enjoy a cooking program from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Learning how to cook with Chefs Billie Ross and Jason Delgado. The cost is $20 per child and includes a T-shirt and cooking supplies. Sign up this Saturday at the Farmers Market, or at the Crown Point Parks and Recreation office, 11065 Broadway. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at (219) 662-3290.
Don’t forget while shopping at the Farmers Market to take a tour of the Old Lake County Sheriff’s House and Jail, 232 S. Main St. Tours cost $5 for adults and $2 for children 11 and younger. Saturday tours are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Thursdays, tours are available from 6 to 8 p.m.
Make the most of summer
August arrives this week, and summer is starting to wind down, but there us always plenty to do in and around Crown Point. With gasoline prices so high, here are a few suggestions:
Take a day trip into Chicago and enjoy the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum or The Art Institute, or check out the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, where admission is free.
Of course you could stay right here in Northwest Indiana and visit Indiana Dunes State Park for a hike or a day at the beach.
Visit Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 71 N. 500 West, Valparaiso. There are beautiful gardens, including a railroad garden with running trains, and its a great spot for a picnic lunch. Visit www.taltree.org.
The first day of school for Crown Point Community School Corp. students is Aug. 22.