Herald JournalHoward Lake-Waverly Herald, July 15, 2002

'Family tradition' theme of Wright County Fair

By Dennis Beise
Wright County Fair Board

This year's theme for the Wright County Fair is "A Family Tradition." Bring your family to the fair and participate in the many events the fair has to offer. The fair will take place from Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4.

Persons can read about upcoming fair events in the 2002 Wright County Fair Guidebook distributed free-of-charge in the June 30, 2002 free papers. Or, visit the fair's website at www.wrightcountyfair.com.

To call for fair information: (320) 543-2111, grandstand ticket information: (320) 543-3119, or 4-H information: (320) 543-3117.

What's new at the fair?

This year there are many new and interesting events and activities at the Wright County Fair.

Wright County Master Gardeners will be on hand every day of the fair to answer landscaping questions and to plant a special garden to attract butterflies.

The National Timberjack Tournament will be coming to the fair with seven competitive events for professional lumberjacks: ax throwing, log rolling, crosscut sawing, chopping wood, tree hopping, pole racing, hot sawing, and more.

The group's organizers also look for "mom and pop" local teams to enter cross-cut sawing competitions and win prizes. Kids can participate also and take log rolling "lessons" before the show starts.

Helicopter rides will be available for only $25 per person, and "The Ultimate Ride" monster truck will also be on hand for rides.

For fun-loving couples, a new event will be the lawn tractor obstacle course where the driver is blindfolded, guided only by his partner sitting in the lawn cart behind. This should be a very fun event. Everyone is welcome to participate.

KRWC AM 1360 radio will sponsor the Colgate Country Showdown for amateur country singers, where local winners can advance to state and regional finals and win big prizes. Professional singers "The Starlight Express" will appear at the fair free of charge Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Other new things at the fair include an amazingly detailed miniature farm display, a new novice heat featuring inexperienced drivers at the demolition derby, and 4-H celebrates 100 years of service by organizing many special activities and displays at the fair.

Wednesday, July 31 highlights

Opening ceremonies for the fair take place at 6 p.m. near the fair office building.

Premier Shows Midway will be offering a variety of rides, games and food.

The midway will be open until the fair ends, with special armband days set for Wednesday, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The purchase of a $12 armband permits unlimited rides on the midway. Also, everyone who purchases an armband will be eligible for a bicycle drawing at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You must be present to win.

New this year, fair-goers may purchase discounted midway ride tickets at many local area businesses.

Also every day of the fair will be a free exotic animal petting zoo, camel rides, helicopter rides, monster truck rides, Wright Hennepin Electric cherry picker rides, and pig races.

Horse shows are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Look for the professional clown show outdoors Wednesday afternoon.

In the evening, the "Fairest of the Fair" coronation takes place at 7 p.m. in the hoop building. Afterwards, Chopper, the "World's Nuttiest D.J.," will present a music show from 9 p.m. to midnight in the grandstand.

Thursday, Aug. 1 highlights

The historic Welker School is celebrating its 60th anniversary Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required for this free program. Call 800-362-3667, ext. 7322 for more information or to register.

Horse lovers will not want to miss the 4-H horse shows at 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a 4-H fashion review is set for 6 p.m.

A Kids' Coin Scramble is set for 1 p.m. south of Exhibit Building 1. In this free event, children scramble to find coins buried in sawdust.

From 5 to 9 p.m., Wright County area firemen and paramedics will give demonstrations, open their trucks, equipment and gear to children, and run a bucket brigade contest, an extraction demo and an ice rescue near the hoop building.

Entertainment continues at 7:30 p.m. with an amateur talent contest in the grandstand. There will be preteen, junior and open class divisions, with a total of $1,000 in cash prizes for the winners. This is a free event.

In the free entertainment tent will feature a disc jockey with a DJ and Fun show from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with a lot of great music and a lot of laughs.

Friday, Aug. 2 highlights

Friday is senior citizen's day at the fair and those over 65 will receive free fair admission until 5 p.m. A program for seniors will take place in the hoop building at 12:30 p.m. Outstanding senior citizens, outstanding farm families and century farms will be recognized. There will be old-time music and refreshments.

A 4-H horse show is scheduled for 9 a.m. with a tractor and skid loader driving show at 9;30 a.m. and a lamb lead at 6 p.m.

The Wright County Pork Producers Association is hosting a pork chop dinner with all the fixins from 4 to 8 p.m. in the hoop building.

A demolition derby will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand. Friday's heat includes full-size, mid-size, compact, and powder puff cars. A new novice driver heat featuring inexperienced drivers will also be on Friday. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

The KRWC AM 1360 Road Show broadcasts live from the KRWC front porch Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. The show features D.J.s, games, and the best country music.

Following the Road Show from 6 to 8 p.m., KRWC AM 1360 radio will sponsor the Colgate Country Showdown where local aspiring country music singers are encouraged to participate. Winners advance to state and regional finals and win big prizes.

The Starlight Express, a popular singing group, will be appearing from 8 p.m. to midnight in the free entertainment tent.

Saturday, Aug. 3 highlights

New this year is the National Timberjack Tournament, a free show at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. where professional lumberjacks compete for national champion.

There are seven competitive events plus local "mom and pop" teams may enter the cross-cut sawing competition and win prizes. Before each show, the pros will give log rolling lessons to the kids, but bring a towel, they will get wet.

The hoop building will host a sports and toys show beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. with a farm toy auction. A horseshoe tournament is also set from 1 to 6 p.m., south of the midway, and amateur wrist wrestling will begin at 4 p.m. near the entertainment tent.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for both of these events.

The open class horse show is set for 9 a.m. and the 4-H horse fun show will be at 2 p.m. The annual 4-H livestock auction is set for 6 p.m. in the livestock arena. At 2 p.m. in the 4-H building, the winners from the Talent Contest will perform for the general public.

The tractor pull in the grandstand is bigger and better than ever. The show begins at 2 p.m. with a break at 5:30 p.m. and continuing at 6:30 p.m. until everyone is finished. From pickups to tractors to semi-trucks, it will be an exciting show.

Children ages 4 to 11 can also participate in the kiddie pedal tractor pull at 2 p.m. south of the octagon building. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. The Starlight Express singers will perform again from 8 p.m. to midnight in the free entertainment tent.

Sunday, Aug. 4 highlights

Sunday, Aug. 4 kicks off with a WSCA-sanctioned horse show at 9 a.m. The grandstand show at 1 p.m. will be a Fiddler's Contest. There is no entry fee or admission fee. Everyone is welcome to participate or just come listen to the music.

New this year is a lawn tractor obstacle course. The trick is that the driver is blindfolded, guided only by the rider in the lawn cart pulled behind. The object is be the fastest and knock down the fewest cones while retaining some small amount of dignity. Register ahead of time for this fun event.

A diaper derby is set for 3 p.m. in the hoop building. Parents can enter their children one year old and younger in the race to the finish line. Practice begins at 1:30 p.m. and sign-up is at 2:45 p.m.

The Starlight Express, a popular singing group, will be appearing from 6 to 10 p.m. in the free entertainment tent.

The 4-H Parade of Champions is set for 5 p.m. and a demolition derby featuring station wagons, pick-ups and compact, mid-size and full-size cars will round out the evening at 6:30 p.m.


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