By Kristen Miller
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN - The Wright County Fair is mixing it up a bit this year with new dates Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 16, and a new carnival with GoldStar Amusements.
Wright County fairgoers can look forward to a higher caliber of carnival rides and amusements, according to Richard Hanson, marketing director with GoldStar Amusements.
GoldStar promises thrilling rides, fabulous foods, games of skill, and a professional staff.
This same carnival is used for many of the larger county fairs in the state, including the Fourth of July in Delano, and the Carver, Washington, and Anoka county fairs.
Some of the rides one can look forward to are the Century Wheel similar to a ferris wheel but much larger the Power Surge, flipping riders around in the air in every possible direction; a new Zipper, and much more.
“There will be a nice variety of rides, from the extreme to the family rides like the Tilt-a-Whirl,” Hanson said.
Wright County Fair Board Member Dennis Beise has been trying to get this particular amusement company for 20 years, but each year, the popular Minnesota carnival was booked.
Since there is an extra week in August this year, to the Wright County Fair’s advantage, GoldStar had an open weekend.
This is why the fair has moved back from its July dates to its new August dates.
Despite the date change, Beise is confident it won’t affect this year’s attendance. In 2010, the fair dates are set for Aug. 4 through Aug. 8.
Beise ensures this will be a much bigger and better carnival than Wright County has ever had in the past.
Something fun for the kids to participate in this year is Muttin Bustin’. For this event, kids ages 5 to 8 ride a sheep for eight seconds.
Sign-up is noon on Saturday and the event begins at 1 p.m.
Also during the event is a boot scramble and stick horse barrel races.
Also new this year is a sportsman’s complex, which is located at the west end of the fairgrounds.
There will be an archery range, air rifle range, dog field trials, wildlife calling, Sportsman’s Federation booth, Vogel’s native live animal display, and live reptile and amphibian discovery zoo. Also new is a white-tailed deer antler display.
The third annual Wright County Fair Combine Derby is set for Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the grandstand arena.
Also during the combine demolition is the second annual swather soccer event.
Admission is $8, all reserved seating
The fair’s demolition derby, featuring full-size, mid-size, and compact cars, is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. The derby featuring full-size cars, mini-vans, and full-size and compact pickups is set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. Reserved seating tickets are $8.
The tractor and truck pull is Saturday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m. in the grandstand.
Twenty-five acts will take the stage for the talent show Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand.
There are three categories, pre-teen, for ages 12 and under; teen for ages 13 to 18, and open class for all ages.
At the fair Thursday, Aug., 13 at 6 p.m. is a mock crash.
Each night of the fair, there will be a cash drawing for $200 after 9 p.m.
The entertainment stage is jam-packed with acts and musical entertainment each night of the fair.
Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Sister Rooster will perform, Thursday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. is DiamondBack, Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight is Silverado, and Saturday from 8 to 12 a.m. is Blackboard Jungle.
Also Friday is the comedy musical duo Tina and Lena at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The fiddler’s contest is Sunday, Aug. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. with music by Everett Smithson Band from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Wright County Fairest of the Fair coronation will take place Sunday at 3 p.m., with nine candidates vying for the crown of Fairest of the Fair this year.
While at the fair, don’t forget to check out the 4-H animals and exhibits.
The top two projects in each class will be awarded special honors at the parade of champions Sunday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m. in the dairy show arena
For more information about the upcoming Wright County Fair and to see the full schedule of events, visit www.wrightcountyfair.com.
Tickets will be for sale early this year at the fairgrounds, Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.