By Starrla Cray
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN With an overabundance of exciting events planned for the Wright County Fair this year, the festivities are expected to draw in more crowds than ever.
From Wednesday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 8, fair-goers can enjoy everything from pie-eating contests and pigeon races to live music and lumberjack championships.
“There will be a lot of fun things at the fair this year,” Wright County Fair Board Member Dennis Beise said.
A Minneapolis-Moline Collectors Summer Show, Thursday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 7, is just one of the attractions people won’t want to miss.
“There are close to 200 different tractors and machinery,” Beise said.
It provides a unique opportunity to see Minneapolis-Moline artifacts, brochures, toys, and literature, as well as an excellent chance to visit with vendors. The show is free to visit with paid admission at the gate.
The show is estimated to draw an additional 5,000 to 10,000 visitors throughout the five days of the fair.
Animals of all shapes and sizes are another notable part of this year’s fair lineup.
“I think all the livestock numbers are up this year,” Beise said.
Children who’d like to try their luck at riding a sheep can check out the muttin bustin’ event, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.
In addition 4-H showings of swine, chickens, cows, goats, and other common farm animals, the fair will also have a petting zoo featuring exotic animals.
“That’s always a big hit,” Beise said.
Horse lovers will also want to check out the fair this year.
“We have a tremendous horse show, with more horses than ever before,” Beise said, adding that they are putting up a 40-by-80-foot tent to hold the extra horses.
For those who prefer another type of fair fun, there will be demolition derbies and tractor pulls at the grandstand during the evenings. Advanced grandstand tickets can be purchased by calling (320) 543-3119.
A few of the other unique fair activities include paintball and laser tag, a “dress the potato” contest, and dog showmanship and rally obedience judging.
The carnival rides will once again be provided by GoldStar Amusements. KRWC night Wednesday from 5 p.m. to close will feature rides for $1.
“We also have a lot of free entertainment people can come to watch,” Beise said. One example is the fiddler contest Sunday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. in the entertainment tent. Everyone is welcome to participate, or just listen and enjoy.
Each day of the fair is unique.
Wednesday is the livestock entry day, combine demolition derby, and soccer competition.
Thursday features a classic car show, amateur talent contest, and open class pony show.
Friday is senior citizens day, and there will be a pork chop dinner, 4-H horse show, and a demolition derby.
A few of Saturday’s highlights include the diaper derby, toy and sports card show, and a truck and tractor pull.
Sunday will feature a church service and Fairest of the Fair coronation.
The Wright County fairgrounds are located in Howard Lake on County Road 6, north of Highway 12.
For more information about the fair, call Beise at (763) 972-2880 or e-mail email@example.com.
A full schedule of events and additional information is also available at www.wrightcountyfair.com.
Fairest of the Fair
Eight girls from across Wright County hope to be ambassadors of Wright County as ‘Fairest of the Fair.’ The Wright County Fair will take place Wednesday, Aug. 4 until Sunday, Aug. 8, with the royalty coronation Sunday at 3 p.m. at the stage. Candidates include:
• Ashlyn Baer, 18, of Buffalo, the daughter of Jayne Morton and Gregg Baer.
• Miranda Mazer, 18, of Monticello, the daughter of Chris and Sheila
• Danielle Engel, 17, of Delano, the daughter of Jeff and Becky Grossinger
• Allison Oschwald, 18, of Monticello, the daughter of Debbie Lee
• Bailey Schnell, 17, of Delano, the daughter of Deb and Glen Muckenhirn
• Alyssa Gallagher, 19 of St. Michael, the daughter of Rick and Debbie Gallagher
• Amanda Hunter, 20, of Albertville, the daughter of Joseph and Lisa Hunter
• Brittney Shipman, 18, of Monticello, the daughter of John and Jackie Remsik
Ticket prices for the Wright County Fair are the same this year as in 2009.
• Adults are $5 per day
• Ages 13-17 are $2 per day
• Children 12 and under are free
• Parking is $3 per day.
• A season parking pass is $15.
• A combined admission and parking pass for all five days of the fair is $20.
• Advanced grandstand tickets for the demolition derbies can be purchased by calling (320) 543-3119.