How often does someone get to pretend he or she is a hamster and walk across the water in a hamster ball?
Or how about indulging in lumberjack fantasies while watching a log rolling competition?
These, a carnival, live bands, horses, a talent contest and much more are coming to the Wright County Fair, Wednesday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 3, at the fairgrounds in Howard Lake. Admission costs are $5 for adults, $2 for students ages 13 through 17 and free for youth ages 12 and under. Cost of parking is $3. The entertainment lineup is so huge that it takes a lengthy guidebook to explain it all. Find the guidebook at www.wrightcountyfair.org/guidebook.html.
The carnival will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, when rides will cost $1 each. Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. carnival visitors can purchase an armband for $20 and use it for unlimited rides. Regular ride prices will be in effect all day Saturday. Thursday through Sunday, purchasers of carnival armbands will be entered into a drawing for two bicycles at 5 p.m. Must be present to win.
Live music choices each evening will appeal to a broad range of tastes. Some concerts are free. Tickets for the Rock Through the Ages concert from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday will cost $10 each. The concert will feature tributes to the Beatles, Chicago, Bad Company and Heart.
Visit the entertainment tent from 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday to hear ukulele lessons and performances of classic and current rock and pop (free). On Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight, Red Dot Garage will offer the best dance music of yesterday and today (free). On Saturday Crazy Larry will be on stage from noon to 2 p.m., and Shalo Lee will perform high-energy country rock from 8 p.m. to midnight (free).
Music entertainment will end on Sunday with a fiddle contest from noon to 3 p.m. and the Detroit Don King Blues Band from 5-9 p.m. (free).
The Mega Jump Bicycling Stunt Show from the Twin Cities Fantasy Factory will be back after a successful 2013 debut at the fair. Show times are 4, 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday and noon, 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Allina Health will hand out 400 bike helmets on both days.
The fair will offer special days for senior citizens and the military.
Seniors will be admitted for free until 1 p.m. on Friday. A $3 lunch will be at 11:30 p.m. At the 1 p.m. program, outstanding senior citizens will be honored. The oldest man and woman at the fair and owners of Century Farms will be recognized.
Saturday will be Military Day. Admission and parking will be free to anyone showing military identification, spouses and children ages 17 and under. At 1 p.m. a program will feature speakers and posting of the colors.
4-H will be much in evidence at the fair in animal exhibits, horse shows and many other activities from both urban and rural programs. The parade of champions will be 5 p.m. Sunday in the Dairy Show Arena.
Check out the many other entertainment choices, including the historic encampment of the Hopewell Fur Trading Company, combine demolition derby, mud spectacular and Machinery Hill farm equipment. Crowning of the Wright County Fairest of the Fair will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Free Stage.
Contact Susan Van Cleaf at [email protected]