Mega Jump bike stunts to headline Wright County Fair

Carnival tents serve as colorful landmarks during the Wright County Fair, which will return to Howard Lake from July 31 to Aug. 4. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Carnival tents serve as colorful landmarks during the Wright County Fair, which will return to Howard Lake from July 31 to Aug. 4. (Photo by Bill Nord)

A Mega Jump BMX bicycling stunt show is one of the new additions to the Wright County Fair, coming July 31 to Aug. 4 to the county fairgrounds in Howard Lake.

The Twin Cities Fantasy Factory Mega Jump Bicycling Stunt Show will be on site Friday, Aug. 2, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3, at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. with professional stunt cyclists showing off their jumps, tricks and ramps. They will perform on the Antique Tractor Pull Track on the west end of the fairgrounds. The Fantasy Factory stunt performers have been seen all over the U.S., including the Minnesota State Fair. Many local performers from Wright County will be at the Fair to show audiences their stuff.

Allina Hospital of Buffalo will fit and give away bike helmets to kids in the audience on both Friday and Saturday.

Much more will happen at the Fair — everything from musical entertainment to 4-Hers displaying their horses and riding talents. Here are a few highlights of the weekend.

Another new attraction at the Fair is the Mud Spectacular, with races beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Contestants will see how their vehicles do in a variety of mud races — sportsman, super stock, modified, powder puff, open street, pro stock and cut tire. Cost for spectators is $10, plus fair admission and parking.

Hairball with Forecasting Fame will be the headliner musical entertainment in a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, performance at the grandstand. Tickets purchased at the fair will cost $15. Through July 30 advance tickets will cost $10 at Dave’s Town Club in Delano, Billy’s in Rockford and Neighbors Bar & Grill in Albertville.

Two other notable performances will take place in the entertainment tent. Captain May I will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and Benjamin Raye will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

Musical entertainment also will include the Everett Smithson Band from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday. Everett will host harmonica lessons for kids while on breaks during his show. Cowboy Night on Saturday will feature Unleaded, and audience members wearing a cowboy hot can imbibe a free first drink during the 8 p.m. to midnight performance.

Total Country Band will perform from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

On Machinery Hill, fair goers will see John Deere tractor and machinery collections — vintage and more recent. In the Northland Oliver Collectors Association display area, visitors will see both vintage farm equipment and 101 years of Boy Scouting. Young fair goers will be able to create racing Pinewood Derby cars or tractors for a Pinewood Derby and Tractor race that will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

In the east end of the goat barn the Fair along with the Wright County Historical Society is featuring the Farm Wife at the Fair with videos and photos of the past, a children’s learning area where kids can milk Maggie the cow, and also the Franny Farmer Show.

4-H horse shows will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, and end with the English and Western Trail Class show at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

Other horse shows will include an open class miniature horse, pony and donkey/mule show at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday. The Minnesota National Saddle Club Association will hold its O-Mok-See Open show at 5 p.m., Friday, with a variety of races ranging from figure 8 stake races to speed barrels. Competitive classes begin with riders age 8 or younger and continue through senior adult (35 and over) age ranges.

Saturday, Aug. 2, will be a big day for horse shows. The Little Mountain Wranglers Saddle Club will host the 8 a.m. Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA) Pleasure Show. The Wright County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol will host the Horse Obstacle Challenge at 4 p.m., and the Ranch Sorting Jackpot Competition will begin at 6 p.m.

Little Mountain Wranglers also will host the WSCA Game Show at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The Wright County Fairest of the Fair ambassadors will be crowned at 3 p.m., Sunday on the Free Stage.

Many popular events are returning to the Fair, including lumberjack competitions, antique and garden tractor pulls, the demolition derby, Paul Bunyan show and more. Find a schedule of events on the website at

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at [email protected]