By Kristen Miller
MEEKER COUNTY, MN It’s the 140th annual Meeker County Fair and the fairest days of summer, which kicks off Thursday, Aug. 2.
A full schedule of events are planned for children and adults alike from Kid’s Day at the Fair to a selection of musical entertainment.
The fair begins Thursday with 4-H exhibits, including those by Dassel Lamplighters, and the carnival opening at 4 p.m.
This year, there are pre-sale tickets available for the carnival now through Wednesday, Aug. 1.
For $35, one will receive an all-day everyday pass for rides.
“It’s a great deal,” said Holly Schultz-Anderson, fair board secretary. An all-day, one day pass sells for $17.
Pre-sale tickets are available at Red Rooster Foods in Dassel, Runnings in Litchfield, and Natural Foods Co-op in Litchfield.
After enjoying all things in between, fairgoers can attend the ecumenical church service by Dassel Church of Christ’s Dave Herring Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the bandshell. This will also include music by the Dave Herring Band.
Kids’ Day at the Fair
There is always something fun to do for kids during the fair at the Kid Coop, located in the small shed south of the sheriff’s building.
Activities include a Dolly and Me Tea Time, Saturday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. when girls ages 2-10 can put on a dress, grab their favorite doll, and enjoy some tea, dancing, and a craft.
Other activities at the Kid Coop include crafts, games, and more.
This year’s Kids’ Day at the Fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, starting with a pedal pull at 10:30 a.m. for ages 4-11 years old. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of building Number One.
At 1 p.m., children ages 4-11 can compete in a stick horse show by Century Church.
No entry fee is required for either of these events.
Also during Kids’ Day at the Fair, there will be shows each hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except the third show, which is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.) by the University of Minnesota Raptor Center in the bandshell.
The fair board is excited to have the nationally-known band, Rocket Club grace the grandstand stage Friday, Aug. 3 starting at 8:30 p.m. Blurred Vision will open at 7 p.m.
The Minneapolis-based country music band Rocket Club released the single “North Country” last summer, at which time it spent nine weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. They have since released their third studio album this past spring.
Tickets for the show are $25 for VIP tickets, $15 for general admission, and can be purchased at Litchfield Community Education, 114 Holcombe Ave. N. Suite 110, Litchfield or at will call located at the north gate.
Other musical entertainment includes a Neil Diamond tribute band playing from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and again from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bandshell; and Gig Noonan will perform in the beer garden that night from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
The Wally Pikal Band will perform Friday in the bandshell from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; the Pure Country Band will play Saturday in the bandshell from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; and Blurred Vision from 9 p.m. to midnight in the show arena.
Sherwin Linton will perform from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the bandshell, following the talent show, and again from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Demo derby action
Those seeking a crashing, smashing good time might find it at one of the three demolition derbies at the Meeker County Fair Grandstand Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission is $7 per person, children 6 and under are free.
For more information on these or other events at the fair, visit meekerfair.com.