Farm Horizons, August 2017
Spending a day at the county fair
By Jennifer Von Ohlen
Whether it’s the sounds and thrills of the midway, the black smoke rising from the grandstand as farm equipment pulls and collides, the talent displayed within the exhibit buildings, or the cuteness of the animals being shown, there is something for everyone at the local county fair.
Carver County Fair
The gates to the Carver County Fair will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9. Once inside, visitors will have a variety of attractions and events to pick from, including animal judging, midway rides, and grandstand events. The fair ends Sunday, Aug. 13.
4-H participants will have many of animal entries judged the first day of the fair, including poultry (8:30 a.m.), rabbits (1 p.m.), swine (1:30 p.m.), and beef cattle (2 p.m.). The 4-H dairy interviews and beef weigh-in will take place at the Dairy and Beef Barn at 2 p.m.
Pig races will occur at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The races will also take place Thursday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 11 at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13 at noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
Up in the grandstand will be some free events with gate admission, including the Minnesota Minn-E-Rod tractor pull Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.; the Motokazie Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.; the National Tractor Pullers Association tractor pull Friday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.; and the out-of-field tractors, semis, and pick-ups pull Saturday, Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
The demolition derby will take place Sunday, Aug. 13 in the grandstand at 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for attendees 7 years old through adult; children ages 6 and under are free.
The grandstand gates open one hour prior to all events.
McLeod County Fair
The 145th McLeod County Fair will begin its festivities Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. and will continue through 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The gates will open at 9 a.m. each of the other fair days.
Visitors can experience several horse events at the fair, including the Fun and Games horse show at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16; the 4-H horse drill team at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; open class horse and pony judging at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, the draft horse halter classes at 1 p.m. and the junior driver cart horse team and farmers’ obstacle course at 3 .m. Sunday, Aug. 20.
4-H will also have several livestock events to spectate, including the beef show (4:30 p.m.) Wednesday, Aug. 16; the dairy show (9 a.m.), the swine show (2:30 p.m.), the lamb lead (5:30 p.m.), and the sheep show Thursday, Aug. 17; the poultry show (9:30 a.m.) and livestock auction (6 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 18; and the round robin showmanship contest (5 p.m.) Saturday, Aug. 19.
Other events include the kids’ pedal tractor pull at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18; free “big toy” rides at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, followed by the truck and tractor pull starting at 6 p.m.; and the presentation of the Dairy Herdsmanship Award at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.