Wright County Fair gets ready for another run

A BMX bicycle stunt show and mud racing competition top the list of new events at the 143rd Annual Wright County Fair, which returns this coming Wednesday (July 31) in Howard Lake.
“The mud racing is new because there’s a lot of interest,” he said. “We were able to work with a number of entities to bring this to the fairground this year. We have the perfect space for it, and it will be a good feature for everybody,” said Troy Beise, a Wright County Fair Board director and Buffalo resident who uses social media such as Facebook and Twitter to provide updates on fair activities.
Beise also updates and manages the official Wright County Fair website, www.wrightcountyfair.org. Beise takes care of the swine barn and manages security and emergency management.
The Wright Count Fair’s five-day run will be packed with a long list of daily events, including lumberjack demonstrations, midway specials, paintball and laser tag games, as well as animal judging and competitions, a kids’ petting zoo kids’
coin scramble and pig races. There will be displays on Machinery Hill, and this year, the Wright County Fair is hosting a large John Deere tractor and machinery collection. Memorabilia, toy and antique vendors will display, show and sell their items.
Entry Day at the fair is Tuesday, July 30. General exhibits will be entered from noon to 9 p.m. and flower judging will be at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are Wednesday, July 31. Animal Entry Day continues until 9 p.m. There will be horse shows and animal judging throughout the day. Opening Ceremonies start  Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and willf eaturing the Wright County Mounted Patrol, Wright County Honor Guard. Tammy Larson of Buffalo will sing the National Anthem. The combine demolition derby starts at 7 p.m. A lawnmower demolition derby will take place during intermission at the combine demolition derby Wednesday night.
A classic car show, antique tractor pull, talent show, and additional horse shows and animal judging round out Thursday activities at the fair. Evening entertainment in the grandstand will run from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Acts include opening band Forecasting followed by the popular stage band Hairball. Advanced $10 tickets are available until Tuesday, July 30. and $15 tickets are available Wednesday, July 31 at the fair ticket office and Thursday, Aug. 1 at the ticket office or Grandstand gates.
Friday activities include a 4H/FFA tractor and skidsteer driving contest, senior citizen program, more horse shows and animal judging, a new BMX event featuring demonstrations by the  Twin Cities Fantasy Factory Mega Jump Bicycling Stunt Show and the fair’s 45th annually demolition derby. The Everett Smithson Band & Stealin’ the Covers are scheduled to perform Friday night in the entertainment tent.
The fourth day at the fair, Saturday, Aug. 3,  is also packed with activities, including a toy and sport cards show, mutton bustin’ and diaper derby, truck and tractor pull, horse shows and animal judging, wrist wrestling competition, second BMX bicycle stunt show, the new mud racing competition, kids’ pedal tractor pull 4H livestock auctionand Cowboy Night featuring Unleaded Band in the entertainment tent.
The final day of the fair, Sunday, Aug. 4, includes a church service, ambassador coronation and demolition derby. The fairgrounds are located in Howard Lake on County Road 6,north of Highway 12.
Advance ticket locations in the Great River Weekend distribution area include Huikkos Bowling Center in Buffalo and Madigans in Maple Lake. For more information visit www.wrightcountyfair.org or pick up a copy of the 2013 Wright County Fair Guidebook at local gas stations, banks and feed stores throughout the area.
Beise said this year’s guidebook features event and participant photos taken at last year’s Wright County Fair. “This year, we decide to add pictures of things taking place at the fair, rather than just using cartoon clip art,” he said. “It’s our own fairgoers in the book. They can see themselves in there.”

Compiled by Managing Editor Tim Hennagir – tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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