By Teresa Jagodzinsk
The Carver County Fair promises to entertain everyone with a wide variety of activities Wednesday, August 6 through Sunday, August 10. For a sidebar about Mike Jensen, fair manager, click here.
With many familiar sights and with new attractions, each day will bring something old and new together for a fun time.
Along with the many different exhibits, displays, rides, animals, and food that can always be found at county fairs, there will also be a variety of musical talent, shows, contests, and grandstand events.
A special event each day of the fair this year will be Kachunga and the Alligator Show. There will be two shows on Wednesday, and three shows each day from Thursday through Sunday.
Each day of the fair there will also be a scavenger hunt to find images of Tippy, the Carver County Fair mascot. These images will be hidden around the fairgrounds.
Also, DJ Scott Severson will provide entertainment numerous times throughout the fair.
For the first day of the fair, Wednesday’s highlights include the Motokazie Supercross in the grandstand at 7 p.m. to entertain the motorcycle enthusiasts.
Johnny Holm will be the musical entertainment for the evening from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Thursday is Senior Citizens Day. Those attending that are 60 years and older get in for half price from 8 a.m. until 6 pm.
All bakers can bring their best fruit bread in for the Best Fruit Bread Contest in the Ag Building. Entries can be brought in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with judging at 1:30 p.m.
In the Entertainment Center from 1-2 p.m., the Farm Bureau will announce the Carver County Century Farms, and the Senior Citizen of the Year program will also be held.
At 7 p.m. the Extreme Bullriders will perform in the grandstand.
The entertainment to end the day is Christy Love.
Friday brings out the big tractors and trucks for the tractor and truck pull at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand.
Anyone ages 13-20 can show their talent in the Guitar Hero contest which will be held at the patio from 8-11:30 p.m.
The Shaw Brothers end the day with their music at 8:30 p.m.
The young ones have their own day Saturday, Kids Day. Many events geared towards kids will take place throughout the day.
The kids pedal pull for ages 4-11 years, a kids prize giveaway for those under 12 years of age, a diaper derby for children up to 18 months, and minnow races for children ages 19 months to three years are some of the events held especially for the children to enjoy.
The Carver County Dairy Princesses will also present a milk mustache contest and crafts.
Also on Saturday, comedian Richie Holliday (with Todd Andrews and Andy Woodhull) will provide comic relief at 7 p.m.
Tina and Lena bring their fun show to the fair for two shows at 3:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m.
The grandstand will host their first demo derby of this year’s fair at 6:30 p.m.
Rounding out the day is the music of Keystone at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday is the final day of the fair, and there will be plenty of entertainment to enjoy throughout the day.
A kids pedal tractor pull will take place at noon with registration at 11:30 a.m.
The patio will have performances by the Waconia Area Community Band and also the Highliners.
An amateur talent contest will take place at 2 p.m. There will be three divisions - pre-teen, teen, and open. First prize in each division is $90 with the winners entered into the semi finals at the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest
At 6 p.m. in the grandstand, another demo derby will entertain the crowds.
To end the fair, Smok’n Guns finishes off the entertainment from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Check out the fair’s website, www.carvercountyfair.com for a full schedule of all events.