By Jennifer Kotila
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN People of all ages can find something wild to watch, learn about, or participate in at the Wright County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 7.
Those looking to enjoy a milder experience at the fair will find that, as well.
The fair opens Wednesday afternoon, with opening ceremonies in the grandstand at 6:30 p.m., followed by the combine demolition derby and swather soccer game.
A new carnival from Amusement Attractions begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and continues through the end of the fair, Sunday, Aug. 7.
“There will be a bigger and better carnival this year than last year,” said Wright County Fair Board Member Dennis Beise.
Rides are $1 Wednesday, Aug. 1, 5 p.m. to close. Unlimited rides, with a $20 armband purchase, take place Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, Aug. 4, 5, and 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The wild times continue the evening of Thursday, Aug. 4 with a performance from Hairball, “a bombastic celebration of arena rock,” in the grandstand.
Those who love 1980s rock and roll hair bands such as AC/DC, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and Kiss, will get their fill of the great classic rock and big hair.
Hairball uses pyrotechnics, lighting, gymnastics, and theatrics to reflect the party atmosphere of a concert in the 1980s, said Hairball founder, Mike Findling.
Advance tickets for Hairball are $10 before Aug. 2 and can be purchased at Uptown Bar in Waverly, Dave’s Town Club in Delano, Huikko’s Bowling Center and Bison Creek in Buffalo, Madigan’s in Maple Lake, Billy’s in Rockford, and Neighbors Bar and Grill in Albertville.
Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office Wednesday and Thursday, Aug, 3 and 4, or at the grandstand gate for $15 (prices do not include fiar admission).
The talent contest this year will take place Thursday, Aug. 4 on the demonstration stage south of the ticket office at the fairgrounds.
Other grandstand shows include demolition derbies Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m., and a truck and tractor pull beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
Along with the grandstand shows and the carnival, the Wright County Fair offers family-friendly entertainment, excitement, and educational experiences for all at a reasonable cost.
The Fairest of the Fair coronation takes place Sunday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. at the free stage on the fairgrounds.
There are seven area girls vying for the chance to be named Wright County Fairest of the Fair: Mary Zelko, Crystal Cashin, and Kaylene Born, all of Buffalo; Samantha Schaefbauer of Rockford; Melissa Klein of Annandale; Jordan Wehr of Delano; and Allie Mack of Monticello.
“You get to see so many things for the cost of admission,” said Beise.
Walk through the barns and exhibits to witness the hard work people put in all year to create an award-winning fair entry.
Stop and take a break to listen to some of the free music performed by local artists, watch a free demonstration by the All American Lumberjacks or Safari Adventures, or watch one of the many horse shows.
Enter one of the contests offered at the fair, including mutton busting, diaper derby, and coin scrambles for kids; or wrist wrestling. paintball, and a digital scavenger hunt, which can be enjoyed by all.
Whether one enjoys the wild side of life, or prefers the milder things life has to offer, the Wright County Fair is the place to be Aug. 3-7.
For more information, click on the Wright County Fair link at www.herald-journal.com.