Farm Horizons, February 2009

Wright County Fair to be later this year

Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

There will be a little more time for 4-Hers to prepare this year for the Wright County Fair since the date has been pushed back to Aug. 12-16 instead of its usual July dates.

The committee decided to look into a new carnival and booked Gold Star Amusements for what was one of the only dates available for the summer 2009, according to Wright County Fair Board Secretary Dennis Beise.

Attendees can expect a much better carnival with what calls Beise “the best in the state.”

“Our old carnival was like a Volkswagen, now we are getting a carnival like a Cadillac,” Beise said.

Gold Star Amusements has more games, bigger rides, and is a more professional carnival, Beise explained. Gold Star has been at the Anoka, Carver, and Washington county fairs, and the Delano Fourth of July celebration in the past, according to Beise.

The only complaints Beise has heard about the new fair date is that the first day of the fair overlaps with the last day of the Cokato Corn Carnival.

Cokato Corn Carnival Chair Dorene Erickson knows the overlap with the fair will affect the carnival in some way, though is unsure of the severity.

According to Erickson, there is only one concession that works both events, the Wright County Dairy Association. Erickson has yet to hear whether or not this group will put out before the last day of the carnival.

Erickson also wonders how it will affect the 4-Hers working at the fair and the carnival.

“It’s disappointing it went this way . . . it remains to be seen how it will affect us,” Erickson said.

Beise believes the overlap will be a one-time occurrence and is hoping the fair can book the carnival closer to its earlier July date for 2010.

Because of the date change, all 4-H exhibits and open class, except livestock will enter Tuesday, Aug. 11. Livestock entry will be Wednesday, Aug. 12.

In the past, entry has been the opening day. The fair board decided it would try it this way so that judging could be done before admission is charged.

Looking back at 2008

In 2008, the Wright County Fair was lucky to have good weather, bringing in more than 50,000 people – 7,000 more than in 2007.

For the second year in a row, the combine derby was a big hit. With a sold-out derby the previous year with general admission ticket sales, the board decided the 2008 derby would have reserved seating, which allowed 1,000 extra seats. Even with more seats, the derby was nearly sold out, Beise said.

Looking forward to 2009

Aside from the excitement of a new carnival, attendees can expect to have fun no matter what their age with 4-H animals and exhibits, savory fair food, live entertainment and music every day, and much more.

Young ladies from across Wright County have an opportunity to represent this fine fair in the Fairest of the Fair coronation. Here, an array of the county’s single women, ages 17-25, compete for the crown.

Those who are interested in serving as an ambassador for the Wright County Fair as the “Fairest of the Fair,” may contact Charlie Nelson at (763) 675-6705 or e-mail him at charlienelson@peternelson.com for information and an application.

For car smashing maniacs, the fair offers its demolition derby Friday and Sunday nights, which even includes a Powder Puff Derby, where ladies can have a smashing time, as well.

Check the Herald Journal or the Wright County Fair web site at www.wrightcountyfair.com to get the full schedule of events.

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