By Kristen Miller
MEEKER COUNTY, MN If your summer isn’t complete without the sound of demolition derbies, the excitement of carnival rides, and the indulgence of fair food, than you might want to mark your calendars for the Meeker County Fair.
Coined as “The Fairest Days of Summer,” the 139th annual Meeker County Fair is set for Thursday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 7, and is sure to have something for the whole family.
Activities for kids
Kids’ Day at the fair is Saturday, Aug. 6.
Events include a pedal pull at 10:30 a.m. ages 4-11; a stick horse show at 1 p.m. ages 4-11; and entertainment by the Hutchinson Clown Club from 1 to 4 p.m. by the bandshell.
At the Kid Coop, located in the shed south of the sheriff’s building, there are crafts, games, stories and more for the children to enjoy.
Hours are Thursday, 2:30 to 9 p.m., with a craft at 5:30 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7:30 p.m., with a craft at 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a craft at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a craft at 11:30 a.m.
A drawing for kids will take place Saturday, Aug. 6 at 3:45 p.m. Entries will be taken from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A Lego building contest sponsored by Litchfield Building Center will take place Sunday, Aug. 7 for three age groups (ages 5-10, 11-17, 18 and older). Entries should be dropped off at the livestock show arena located in front of the dairy barn between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Judging will take place at 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to first-third place winners.
Dassel Hillside Farm is sponsoring a baked apple dessert contest at the fair for its third year.
For entering, participants will receive a $5 gift certificate to the apple orchard, and the grand prize winner will receive a gift certificate for a half-bushel of baking variety apples.
The Meeker County Dairy Association is also sponsoring an adult dessert contest for adults, as well as a kids’ cookie and bar contest for ages 8-17.
Exhibits should be brought to the Fine Arts building between 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Judging is at 4:30 p.m.
Some of the entertainment at the bandshell this year includes: the Elvis Show, Thursday, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with Brad Boice paying tribute to Elvis through his musical talents; Wally Pikal Band, Friday, at 1:45 to 3 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday is also Senior Citizens Day at the fair, when ages 65 and older get into the fair free until 5 p.m. The senior citizens program, sponsored by Council on Aging, begins at 1:30 p.m. with the awarding of the Volunteer of the Year.
Sherwin Linton will be back Sunday with performances at 1 p.m., following the talent show at 2 p.m., and again at 7 p.m.
Those who enjoy a little magic will likely appreciate the Halls of Magic show in the grandstand Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults ($1 discount with fair admission), $3 for children ages 7-10, and free for those ages 6 and under.
A barn party featuring Blurred Vision, located in the Show Arena, will be Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Other fair fun
More fair excitement can be had at the demolition derbies set for Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. in the grandstand. Admission is $7 for adults.
There will also be the Skid Steer Rodeo and Ag Olympics Sunday at 1 p.m. in the grandstand. This is $3 for adults, kids 10 and under are $2, and free for 4-H members.
Admission to the fair is $4 for adults, $2 for ages 7-12, and free for ages 6 and under. Season passes for this year are $12.
For a full schedule, visit www.meekerfair.com.