Herald JournalHerald Journal, July 26, 2004

Wright County Fair July 28-Aug. 1

By Lynda Jensen

“You’ll forget all your cares once you reach the front gate!” is the theme of the Wright County Fair this year.

The fairgrounds are located in Howard Lake, just under the new water tower.

Several events are lined up, starting 7 p.m. Wednesday, with coronation of the Fairest of the Fair.

Fairest of the Fair Amber Painschab of Howard Lake will be passing her crown to one of 10 candidates; of which six are local girls from either Howard Lake or Waverly.

The events continue through Sunday with a special feature this year among other new events – “Oscar the Giant Holstein Steer.”

There are actually two “Oscars,” one is a preserved Holstein that is 4,300 lbs., 12 feet long and six feet tall, who passed away in 1992 after numerous tours on the fair circuit.

The other is Oscar’s brother “Oscar II,” who is the living brother of the former, weighing 3,800 lbs., 11 feet long and six feet tall.

A karoake contest is set for both Wednesday and Thursday nights, July 28 and 29.

The familiar “Be A Star” dance team will be performing a show Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and Sunday at Noon. This group returned from performing five shows on a Royal Caribbean Cruise.

On Friday evening at 7 p.m., the Wright Saddle Club Junior Drill Team will display their horsemanship.

The Honeywagon Band puts a new twist on pop music with its high-energy performances both Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Additional new acts include the Wright Jammers, performing country, old-time and accordion music, on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by the St. Francis Jazz Band at 6 p.m. playing jazz tunes.

Other new attractions include the Wright County Car Club’s Classic Car Show beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Then later that evening, Mrs. Minnesota, Nancy Paradeise, will be aspecial guest for the amateur talent contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The National Timberjack Series is also back, with a new feature called log boom racing.

Everyone is invited to take a turn racing across the rolling, bobbing, twisting logs. The Timberjacks will host three shows each day, Friday through Sunday.

On Saturday the Toys and Sports Card Show will display and sell valuable rare toys and cards from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another new event is the ATV Pull Saturday. There will be four weight classes, with 1st and 2nd place trophies awarded in each weight class. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the ATV Pull starting at noon. Riders under 18 must have parental permission.

New things to do every day include the Rock Wall, which provides a great chance to test your skill.

Magician David Piccirillo will be performing free up-close magic shows every day. David and his tiger and lion cubs perform year-round throughout the country. Pictures are available with the baby animals.

Camel and pony rides will also be available every day for the whole family to enjoy.

For more information, see the web site at www.wrightcountyfair.com.

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