County Fair cranking out good times through Sunday

The Wright County Fair, held on the grounds at Highway 12 and County Road 6 in Howard Lake, continues through Sun., Aug. 5.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youth ages 13-17, and free for younger guests. Parking is $3 per vehicle.
An adult may pay $15 for a season pass good for admission each day of the fair, or $20 for the admission pass plus parking. All seniors (minimum age 60) will be admitted free before 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, a day when they may pay just $2 for an 11:30 a.m. senior lunch, catered by Coborn’s of Buffalo.
Military families get star treatment Saturday, Aug. 4. Any person showing military ID may park at no charge and then get free admission with a spouse and any children 17 and younger.
Fair activities include three shows daily from the All American Lumberjacks.
Salivate while watching groups of fair participants battle in pie-eating competition 5:30 p.m. each day. Fair Board Secretary Dennis Beise told the Monticello Times that in previous years, the nightly competitors have included themed groups of Wright County elected officials, the fair’s “Fairest of the Fair” royalty and Fair Board members.    “I’ve been in it three times now,” Beise said.
Highlights for Thursday, Aug. 2, include a classic car show 3 to 7 p.m. On Aug. 3, Wright County 4-H youth will show their skills in driving tractors and skid loaders 9:30 a.m. and the first of the fair’s two demolition derbies starts 7 p.m. in the grandstand. The encore event is 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. “The first night we get sold out,” said Beise. Reserved seating for the derbies is $8 per person.
Aug. 4 fair events include a 2 p.m. truck and tractor pull in the grandstand ($8 general seating, $2 for youth 12 and under).
To help close the fair Aug. 5, hosts in the entertainment tent welcome guests to bring instruments for an acoustical jam and performances 1 to 5 p.m., and the “Fairest of the Fair” coronation starts 3 p.m. on the free stage.
Midway rides are open daily, with discount wristbands available for $20 that allow unlimited rides 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Finally, it may literally pay fair visitors to head for Howard Lake this weekend. Each guest receives a daily ticket with admission that they may enter for a chance in cash drawings each night. Four drawings for $50 each will be held after 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and four drawings for $100 each will be held after 8 p.m. Sunday.

By Paul Rignell