By Roz Kohls
The 136th McLeod County Fair is coming to Hutchinson Wednesday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 17.
The fair will feature a new class at the Auto Cross. Other new features will be a Chocolate Lovers alert, a MEADA-sponsored battle of the bands, a parade of champions, and a card party.
Gold Star Amusements and Midway Specials will provide rides.
Grandstand events will be Auto Cross on Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Moto Cross on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; championship rodeo on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; and an antique tractor pull at 12:30 p.m., and a demolition derby at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Featured music will be Silv-R on Wednesday, The Rhythum Kings on Thursday, The Shaw Brothers on Friday, The Prairie Rose Band on Saturday, and Clover on Sunday.
Wednesday is entry day, “Celebrating Community.” 4-H livestock, open class livestock, sheep, goats, draft and pleasure horses will be checked in. The children’s barnyard opens for the day at 9 a.m.
The 4-H poultry show starts at 12:30 p.m. The 4-H beef show is 3:30 p.m. The gate begins to charge admission at 5 p.m., and the midway opens. Fireworks follow the nightly drawing.
Thursday is “Celebrating Education.” The 4-H dairy show, and clowns perform on the corporate stage at 9 a.m. Zoo to You animal productions performs on the America’s Promise stage at 9:30 a.m.
Magician, Tom Whitcomb, performs on the promise stage at 12:30 p.m., and Chuck Thiel performs in the pavilion at 1 p.m. Veggie Races will be at 2 p.m., and Rock ‘N’ Recess will be at 3 p.m., both on the promise stage.
The event, “Arts In,” will be at 6:15 p.m. on the promise stage. The 4-H swine show will begin at 6 p.m.
Friday is “Celebrating Senior Citizens.” The day begins with a 4-H rabbit show and 4-H Camp Fair at 9 a.m. The Raptor Center is on the promise stage at 9:30 a.m., and the Wonderful World of Woody will be at 10:30 a.m.
Senior citizen entertainment, ventriloquist David Malmberg, will begin at 1 p.m. The Good Old Days Threshing Bee will be in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Lyndon Peterson will perform in the pavilion at 3 p.m.
A pedal pull competition will be at 4 p.m. in the pavilion and an energy forum at 4 p.m. will be in the corporate tent. A 4-H buyer appreciation supper will be at 5 p.m.
The Phoenix Drum Line performs at the center mall at 5:30 p.m. The 4-H Fun Center in the 4-H Building opens at 6 p.m. At the same time, the 4-H livestock auction begins in the indoor arena.
The 4-H Round Robin contest begins at 7:30 p.m. in the indoor arena.
Saturday is “Celebrating Kids.” A Sky Hawks air show will be at 10 a.m. Entries for the Chocolate Lovers contest begins at 10 a.m. with the judging at 1 p.m.
The Cogley Sisters perform at 10:30 a.m. Lego building will begin at 10:30 am. in the Creative Activities building, and the winners will be announced at noon. The Hutchinson Clown Club will perform at 11 a.m., and Lester Schuft will begin his show in the pavilion at 1 p.m.
A “special kids” contest will begin at 1 p.m. on the corporate stage, and the Matachines Dancers will be at 3 p.m. Drawings for boys and girls bikes will begin at 3:30 p.m. The parade of champions will be at 6 p.m.
Sunday is “Celebrating Family.” The McLeod County Talent Contest will be in the show arena at 1 p.m., and a 4-H fashion review will be on the corporate stage at 1 p.m.
All-star wrestling featuring Buck “Rock and Roll” Zumhofe will begin at 2 p.m. Wally Pikal will perform at 2 p.m., also.
Chocolate Chapters Al’s Carfoonary will be on the promise stage at 2 p.m. Herdsmanship awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Mazie the Clown will perform on the promise stage at 4 p.m.
The grand prize drawing will be at 9 p.m.