Wright County Fair schedule set
The Wright County Fair begins Wednesday, July 29 and ends Sunday, Aug. 2 with plenty to entertain all at the fairgrounds in Howard Lake.
The following is a schedule of some the days' events.
Wednesday, July 29
The MCM carnival gets underway during the day with rides, games and food. The midway will remain open for the duration of the fair, with three special armband days scheduled for Wednesday from 6 - 10 p.m., and Thursday, and Friday afternoon from 1 - 5 p.m.
During these times, the purchase of an armband for $10 will get you unlimited rides on the midway. Everyone who purchases an armband will be eligible for the free bicycle drawing at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The "Fairest of the Fair" coronation starts the evening in the new Pepsi Entertainment Area. After that, Chopper will open up the nightly grandstand entertainment bill from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Thursday, July 30
Go back to school the old-fashioned way with enrollment in the century-old Welker School, which is open for timeless lessons Thursday and Friday. Pre-registration is required for this free program which runs both days from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 1-800-362-3667 for more information. Old-fashioned dress is encouraged, but not required.
Evening grandstand entertainment continues with the fair talent contest at 7:30 p.m. There will be preteen, junior and open class divisions for the contest, with a total of $1,000 in cash prizes for the winners.
Tickets are available for purchase at the fairgrounds, or free at area Tom Thumb stores with a food shelf purchase. All proceeds will be donated to Wright County Food Shelves.
Friday, July 31
Sharpen up your detective skills for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the KRWC Treasure Hunt gets underway. Start your hunt at the KRWC booth and search for a daily cash prize of $50 and the grand prize, a state fair package valued at over $150.
The Demolition Derby returns to the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Heats include powder puff, full size and compact cars. Full size heats return Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds.
Saturday, Aug. 1
The Pepsi Entertainment Area will host a sports and toys show and sale, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. with a farm toy auction.
The horseshoe tournament, located south of the midway, is from 1 - 7 p.m. and amateur wristwrestling, near the beer garden, begins at 4 p.m. Registration for wristwrestling begins at 3 p.m.
The Minnesota Equestrienne All-Woman precision drill team is featured at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., free in the horse arena.
The KRWC Road Show returns to the Pepsi Entertainment Area at 6 until 8 p.m.
A Back to the '50s Car Show is at the grandstand at 1:30 p.m. General admission is $2, children 12 and under are free.
Children can put their best foot forward and win trophies at the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, set for 2 p.m. in front of the beef barn. The event is free and open to children 5 - 12 years of age. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m.
The tractor pull, featuring five different classes: pickups, out of field, non-turbo, open class and semi-truck, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and $2 for children 12 and under.
Buffalo Hospital invites people 30 years old or older, especially those without health insurance, or regular physician attention, to take part in a health screening from noon - 4 p.m. in the Wellness Van. The screening costs $10, which includes a in-depth health risk questionnaire, non-fasting blood test for total cholesterol, HDL and blood sugar, height, weight, and blood pressure check. Free blood pressure checks will also be available to those not wishing to take part in the screening.
Sunday, Aug. 2
Sunday is family day at the fair.
The grandstand plays host to the garden tractor pull at 1 p.m. You've never seen garden tractors like these and admission is free.
Children's performer, Mr. Jim, brings his friendly voice, lively guitar and dynamic stage presence to the Pepsi Entertainment Area from 2 - 3 p.m.
Afterwards, stick around for the Diaper Derby at 3 p.m., where parents can enter their children in the race to the finish line. Track practice for the event begins at 1:30 p.m. with sign-up at 2:45 p.m.
The Bob Brenny Dancetime Band, featuring his old-time music, will be in the Pepsi Entertainment Area from 1 - 4 p.m, also free.
There will be a "4-H parade of champions at the Wright County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 5 p.m.
The parade of champions will be held in the new Youth Show Arena on the northwest end of the fair grounds. Pictures may be taken as 4-Hers enter the arena with their project sign at the north door.
The public is invited to come and share this jubilant moment with the 4-Hers and their families.
The media is also welcome to take advantage of picture opportunities for publication.
Other fair events
This year there will be cash drawings Thursday through Sunday. Everyone will have multiple chances to win $50 - $100. Remember, you must be present to win.
If you get a thrill out of loud vehicles, take a ride in a monster truck or helicopter. If you appreciate a quieter mode of transportation, there are also camel rides available.
Come down to the exotic animals petting zoo to visit some more animals you don't see every day. This is a free attraction and is fun for all ages.
Wright County Public Health Services and American Cancer Society of Wright County will have a cancer prevention booth with an emphasis on breast and cervical cancers. Area women who make a pledge to receive a mammogram within the next year will be eligible to enter a drawing for a free quilt.
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