August 6, 2007

The Carver County Fair

By Jenni Sebora

“Corn to be Wild” is the theme for the 96th annual Carver County Fair, which is set to take place from Wed., Aug. 8, to Sun., Aug. 12.

There will be corny crafts for kids, a corn product baking contest, corn artwork contest, and of course, corn dogs to eat at one of the many food vendors, as well as many other contests, events, and shows at this year’s rendition of the fair.

The corn product baking contest will have divisions for both adults and children. Contestants can bake anything that is a corn product: corn syrup, corn meal, corn flakes, etc.

Using some imagination, corn, husks, stock, corn silk, etc., contestants can create some corn-related art work in the corn art work contest.

All of these special events and activities, along with all of the other fair festivities, attract about 87,000 people each year to the Carver County Fair.

This year, fair goers have an extra night that they can go to the fair. Tuesday, Aug. 7, a special pre-fair event, is going to be kicking off the fair fun.

Live music by the Killer Hayseeds will take the stage in the entertainment center from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Tues. evening. For this special event, there is free gate admission and a $5 cover charge for the entertainment center.

Fair manager Mike Jenson noted that the fair board is testing out this new pre-fair event this year. People can also get a head start on enjoying some of the fair food as some food vendors will also be open the night of this special event, as well.

Fair food is always an attraction to many fair attendees. This year there will even be more foods to try and at different locations throughout the fair grounds.

Tacos in a bag and healthy, natural food options are some of the added tastes this year. Of course, other fair favorites, such as cheese curds, caramel apples, and cotton candy, will continue to wet people’s fair appetites also.

With added food vendors to the already wonderful fair food, there will be different places throughout the fairgrounds to purchase the various food.

To allow people to take a rest and enjoy their food sitting down, more picnic tables have been added to the fairgrounds.

When one is rested and stomach is full, there are plenty of things to do at the fair. The Midway offers rides, games, and other forms of entertainment, with ride specials at various times throughout the longevity of the fair. There are animals to see and pet at the various barns and the petting zoo. There are also many 4-H shows and activities to watch.

For the competitive spirit, there are plenty of different contests and events for all ages to participate in or view aside from the ones already mentioned.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, Senior Citizens Day, the Farm Bureau will recognize Carver County Century Farms, and the Senior Citizen of the Year will be awarded. For more action, a 500 card tournament with prizes will be part of the day also.

Every day is a kid’s day at the fair, but Saturday, Aug. 11 has officially been designated Kids’ Day at the fair this year. There are plenty of things for kids to participate in, including crafts, contests, and bubble blowing.

The grandstand shows are always a big hit at the Carver County Fair. The Triple B Rodeo and the “wildest show on wheels,” the Imperial Stunt Drivers, are back again this year. The popular semi-pull and demolition derby round out the grandstand events.

A variety of entertainment can be heard and seen at the Patio and new Entertainment Center. Johnny Holm Band, The Chaparrals, The Killer Hayseeds, Drewdini, Smokescreen, Smok’n Guns, Terri Traen, and Butch Automatic are among the entertainment acts planned at this year’s Carver County Fair.

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