By Starrla Cray
CARVER COUNTY, MN This year’s Carver County Fair promises to be a delight to the senses, with sights, sounds, and flavors the whole family will enjoy.
The excitement starts Wednesday, Aug. 11 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 15 at 501 West Third Street in Waconia.
New this year for visual entertainment is the Extreme Canines stunt dog show, with free performances daily.
“They’ll be doing a bunch of tricks and having an obstacle course,” Carver County Fair staff member Kelsey Rolf said.
Another new attraction is Underwater Adventures from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, brought by Mall of America’s Underwater World.
“They’re going to have big shark tanks,” Rolf said. The free event will offer plenty of excitement for all ages, including animal artifacts, education stations, shark inflatable bouncer, an on-stage educational program, temporary tattoos, giveaways, and live animal touch tanks.
Saturday will also feature a Memorial Blood Centers blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“There is a link on the Carver County Fair website so you can schedule your donation time,” Rolf said.
The first night of the fair, there will be an ATV pull in the grandstand at 7 p.m.
“It’s a free event,” Rolf said. “Anyone can come in and watch.”
After the ATV pull, fairgoers can listen to the Johnny Holm Band, which starts at 8:30 p.m.
“He’s always a big hit,” Rolf said.
New musical entertainment at this year’s fair is the band Free Fallin’, which will perform Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
“The band is a tribute band to Tom Petty,” Rolf said.
A popular attraction that’s returning to the Carver County Fair is the amateur talent contest at 2 p.m. Sunday.
A few other favorites include the midway provided by GoldStar Amusements, 4-H livestock showings and art demonstrations, displays from the Carver County Historical Society, and tractors and other farm equipment at “machinery hill.”
The demolition derbies, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, also draw large crowds.
The fair will also have an assortment of tasty treats this year. People can dine on caramel apples, ostrich burgers, wood-fired pizza, and more.
A few of the unusual deep-fried options include deep fried cheesecake, brownie bits, candy bars, cookie dough, Twinkies, s’mores, and peanut butter and jelly.
Livestock judging at the fair will include pigeons, swine, beef, horses, rabbits, sheep, goats, and more.
Other 4-H judging competitions involve a vast array of subjects. There will be wool fleece judging, a “best fruit bread” contest, a rooster crowing contest, and much more.
Each year, there is also an “outstanding senior citizen volunteer award” given out at the fair.
Other competitions include a children’s scavenger hunt, pig races, a 500 card tournament, a cookie jar contest, and a flower arrangement contest, to name a few.
For complete information about the Carver County Fair, go to www.carvercountyfair.com.
Officers and directors
• Curtis Wolter, president
• Meldon Melcher, first vice president
• Jim Klein, second vice president
• Twyla Menth, secretary
• Bob Lano, treasurer
• Mike Jensen, manager
Board of Directors:
• Curtis Wolter
• Shawn Dalchow
• Dan Robb
• Meldon Melcher
• Bill Flusemann
• Bob Lano
• Dale Rademacher
• Lou Robb
• Adrian Rademacher
• Ken Norman
• Vernon Rosckes
• Wallace Rolf
• Scott Flusemann
• Glenn Strube
• Twyla Menth
• Cindy Dobratz
• Ross Schneider
• Steve Rolf
• Dan Hoese
• Jim Klein
• Rachel Bender, ex-officio
• Jim Ische, commissioner
• Tim Lynch, commissioner