Posted: July 26, 2016

The Fair starts tomorrow, and I can wholeheartedly recommend that you go one-two or all five days. Go see it through the eyes of the child you once were – the child that’s still there deep inside.

Do you remember Christmas’s as a child, birthday parties, going to the zoo or the fair? Everything was new and exciting, and you didn’t know where to start.

I will just mention a few of the daily activities –There are food vendors, a 1st Class Carnival and animal exhibits. There are demonstrations and 4-H activities there every day, along with musical acts throughout the week on four different stages.


Have you heard about the Miracle of Birth Center?  It’s where you can watch the live birth of calf, a pig and perhaps even a dragon. There are magic shows and the famous Mega Bike Stunt Show performs three times during the day. The carnival opens – Gold Star Amusements out of Faribault  – the birth place of the Tilt-A-Whirl.

Wednesday evening in the grandstand is a truck and tractor like you’ve never seen. It’s the National Truck and Tractor Pull – not just your local boys –this the big time. I made the mistake of thinking that if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Not true. Good for Gary is performing in the Beer Garden tomorrow night and they are good for everyone.NTPA tractor pull


There will be a draft horse demonstration; all kinds of trucks will be on display to be inspected closely by you, your inner child or a child you know.

The Minnesota Zoo is even coming to the Fair to bring the Zoo to us. Who says we don’t have it all?. If you missed the truck and tractor pull Wednesday or if you loved it – come back Thursday for another one.  Sold Gold is playing in the beer garden. Does anybody remember Sundance Medical Clinic? Dr. Liebhard is in the band.


It’s Senior Day and Veteran’s Day. That means seniors and veterans can park for free. So if you can catch a ride with a senior or a veteran you can get it free as well. Better yet – offer one a ride.  At night there is the Motokazie – motocross races in the grandstand, with Stampede and 32 Below playing in the beer garden.


The North American Strongman Competition will be back. These strong men and women pull trucks, heft crazy amounts of weight and carry a tune like you wouldn’t believe. There is also chainsaw carving auction – please don’t try this at home.


No Stone Unturned will be playing from 4-8, and if I play my cards right, I may even get to play my banjo with them on a few songs. After them is Smoke Screen. In the Grandstand is one of the fan favorites – The Demo Derby – or as I like to call it, “An insurance agent’s nightmare,” or “Parallel parking at 30 miles per hour.”


We have a church service that reminds many people of an old style tent revival. Immediately following that is The Bluegrass Festival with four different bands from 11:00 to 6:00. In the Beer Garden there is a beanbag tournament with live music provided by the Shaw Brothers Band. The Draft Horse show concludes that day with the famous sixteen-horse hitch.IMG_0986

As you can see there is so much to do. This year’s theme is “Come join the Fun! You’ll be glad you did.” So come out one, two or all five days and recapture what we lost so many years ago. Come out to the Fair and bring the kids!


Jerry Kucera, Fair Board Treasurer

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