June 11, 2007

Wright County Fair is looking for candidates and combines

New feature is a demo derby with combines; Fairest of Fair royalty looking for candidates

By Lynda Jensen

It’s not too early to think of the Wright County Fair, since coordinators have been busy setting up new attractions, and are ready to take applications for new royalty hopefuls.

The fair is set for Wednesday through Sunday, July 25-29 in Howard Lake at the Wright County fairgrounds.

Fair board is looking for combines to compete at the Combine Demolition Derby

Yes, it’s a demolition derby with combines, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Grandstand Arena.

Do you have what it takes to compete in this unique event?  If the answer is yes, then go online to download the Combine Demolition Derby entry form.  Return it to the address on the form. Stan VanderKooi of Buffalo is the contact for the Combine Demo Derby, (763) 682-1389.

Tickets, which are general admission tickets, are $6 each.

Prize money is as follows: Heat - $200 for first place and $150 for second place, Feature - $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place, Consolation - $200 for first consolation and $100 for second consolation, and Best Decorated - $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.

“We’re looking for combines to participate,” commented Dennis Beise of the fair board.

Fairest of the Fair looking for applicants

Young ladies who are interested in serving as an ambassador for the Wright County Fair as the “Fairest of the Fair,” are welcome to call Charlie Nelson at (763) 675-6705 or send an e-mail to charlienelson@peternelson.com for information and an application.

Qualifications for the Fairest of the Fair are as follows:

• Resident of Wright County

• Female, never married, no dependents

• Between the ages of 17 and 23 by July 1.

• Must have an interest in and knowledge of the fair

• Be a “people person”

The Fairest of the Fair coronation takes place on the opening evening of the fair (Wednesday, July 25) with an array of single women competing from around the county for the crown.

Everything else

Don’t forget about the spectrum of other events that make the fair fun to attend.

This includes the Tractor Pull Saturday, an old time threshing show Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, a corn shredding show, the Lumberjack show, a mini antique tractor and machinery show – as well as giving away free money every night except Wednesday.

“We’re working on a tractor square dance,” Beise added.

In addition, there is the exotic animals petting zoo, silly pig races, 4-H shows and demonstrations, Midway rides and activities, and delicious fair food.

The fair can also be a fun day at the farm with an array of farm animals, including horses, cows, pigs, goats, rabbits and more.

For car smashing maniacs, the fair offers its demolition derby and can be seen Friday and Sunday nights, which includes the Powder Puff Derby where ladies can have a smashing time as well.

Also, the fair offers live music and entertainment daily so check the newspaper or the Wright County Fair web site at www.wrightcountyfair.com to get the schedule of events.

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