The Wright County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 5, will bring back favorite exhibits, such as the deer fawns, and add new entertainment, including a laser tag and paintball range.
Much more is coming to the fair, located at the Wright County Fairgrounds on County Road 6, north of Highway 12.
County Fair organizers have published a thick book describing what people can find on all five fair days. The book can be downloaded from the website at www.wrightcountyfair.org.
Here are a few attractions to check out.
On the way into the fairgrounds look for the Hopewell Furtrading Company 1800s encampment. Demonstrations will focus on frontier cooking, blacksmithing and fire starting.
Inside the fairgrounds, the fawns will be at the Sportsman’s area directly behind the office area. Another feature of the Sportsman’s area will be the Air Rifle Range, hosted by the Wright County Sportsmen. Fairgoers will try their luck at hitting targets.
On Machinery Hill look for model farms exhibits, a show by International Harvester collectors and more.
The carnival will be open Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the fair closes and from 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday, Friday and Sunday, carnival goers can have unlimited rides with a $20 armband purchase. Everyone who purchases an armband will be eligible to win a bicycle. Two bicycles will be given away each day. Drawings will be held at 5 pm. You must be present to win.
All of the above will take place on all five days. Meanwhile, lots of special competitions and events are scheduled, including a diaper derby, amateur arm wrestling and lumberjack championships. And each day will have something unique to see.
Opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at the grandstand will feature the Wright County Mounted Patrol, Wright County Honor Guard and the Wright County Fair Long Eared Drill Team.
Friday will be Senior Citizens Day, during which people 60 and older will be admitted for free until 1 p.m. A $2 per person lunch will be available. At 1 p.m. 2012 Outstanding Senior Citizens will be honored at the free stage. Owners of Century Farms will be recognized, along with the oldest man and woman at the fair.
Saturday will be Military Day. Any person showing military identification, their spouses and children 17 and under will be admitted for free. Parking also will be free. At 1 p.m. a special program will take place on the free stage.
A big event on Sunday will be the 3 p.m. coronation of the Fairest of the Fair. Three women between the ages of 17 and 22 will begin their yearlong reigns as ambassadors for the Wright County Fair.
The Entertainment Tent will offer free DJ listening from 7 to 11 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Kids karaoke will take over the stage from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday and a DJ and karaoke will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday. Sunday’s Wright County Fair karaoke contest from 5 to 9 p.m. will feature the best talent from area bars competing for cash prizes.
Featured bands in the Entertainment Tent will include Mike Elsenpeter, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Steelin’ the Covers from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Steelin’ the Covers will offer up top 10 hits from four decades. Saturday will be Cowboy Night featuring Unleaded from 8 p.m. to midnight playing rocking country and classic rock.
On Sunday, a Local Acoustical Jam Session/Acoustic Performance will take over the Entertainment Tent from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is open to all local musicians.
Two bands — Hairball and Bad Animals — will be keynote entertainment Thursday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the grandstand beer garden. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Other big events at the grandstand will be Wednesday’s combine demo derby, demolition derbies on Friday and Sunday and Saturday’s truck and tractor pull. Tickets for most of these events are $8 each.
Horse lovers will find lots to see at 4H competitions and shows offered by other organizations. The horsy entertainment will include the Miniature Horse and Pony Show at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Equine Heritage Fun Show at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Minnesota National Saddle Club Association NSCA O-Mok-See Open Show at 5 p.m. on Friday, Little Mountain Wranglers All Pleasure Show at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Triple X Challenge Event at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Out West Shows on Saturday and Little Mountain Wranglers All Game Show at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
County Fair traditions will be spread out all over the fairgrounds — 4H exhibits, animal exhibits and food, food, food.