July 9, 2007

Top 10 things to do, see for free at the Wright County Fair

Fair has lots to offer for families on a budget

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

There is plenty to do and see for free at the Wright County Fair, especially for those 12 and under, who gain general fair admission for free.

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

Here is a sample of free fun at the fair.

Top 10 list of free, fun things

1. Animals galore. For those animal lovers, there are a lot of animals to see at the Wright County Fair, including the baby camel at the exotic animals petting zoo. Horses are also a part of the fair, with shows and animal judging.

2. The Free Stage says it all with live entertainment and music. It all begins with the Fairest of the Fair coronation, Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Franko’s Magic Show will be on stage at 3 p.m., and hypnosis demonstration at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Friday, KRWC AM Roadshow will broadcast live from the fair 4 to 7 p.m.

The Blind Pigs will perform Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and a fiddler’s contest is set for 1 p.m. Sunday. The Castaways will play Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

3. Silly pig races, near the petting zoo, are especially fun for the little ones. Catch the races throughout the day.

4. The Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull will take place south of the 4-H exhibit building Saturday at 2 p.m. This event is open for kids 4 to 11 years old. Trophies will be awarded.

5. Tractors, antique tractors, and equipment demonstrations, including threshing and corn shredding, can be found near the crops building.

6. Take a blast into the past with the fair’s Classic Car Show, Thursday at 3 p.m.

7. Garden ideas and answers to gardening questions can be found Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the “Bring Your Garden to the Fair,” where Wright County master gardeners will be available.

This can be found in the crops building throughout the fair.

8. Be the next lumberjack champ, or just watch. The three shows are featured Thursday through Sunday, located across from the ticket office, at 1, 4, and 7 p.m.

9. Blacksmithing demonstrations can be seen near the crops building Thursday through Sunday, where fairgoers will see how to make things by hand with rod iron and heat.

10. Finders are keepers at the Kids Coin Scramble, where kids can scramble around to find coins hiding under sawdust. This begins daily at 1:30 p.m. south of the 4-H building.

These are just a few of the fun activities that can be enjoyed for free at the Wright County Fair.

For more information, visit the website at www.wrightcountyfair.com.

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