Wright County Fair returns to Howard Lake, July 26 to 30

The Wright County Fair is returning to the fair grounds in Howard Lake from July 26 through July 30. This year’s fair will feature a carnival, demolition derby, live bands, a lumberjack competition, animal exhibits, petting zoo and much more. (Photo by Bill Nord)

The Wright County Fair will feature family fun, live music, grandstand shows such as a demolition derby, a carnival, fair food and more. The fair will run from Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30 at the fair grounds in Howard Lake. Those entering exhibits should bring them on Tuesday, July 25.

This year’s grandstand shows will begin with the Combine Derby on Wednesday at 7 p.m.. This event also includes a Lawn Mower Derby and a Power Wheels Derby for the kids to participate in.

Bulls and riders will come to the grandstand for a Bull Riding Competition which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Kids can participate in fun competitions from the audience.

Friday night will feature the 49th annual Demolition Derby, beginning at 7 p.m. Local contestants will attempt to destroy their competition for cash and trophies. In the past this event has drawn record-setting capacity crowds. Be sure to get your tickets early, as this event normally sells out prior to the start of the event.

On Saturday, if you love motors you will want to be at the Wright County Fair. The Tractor and Truck Pull begins in the Grandstand at 2 p.m. and runs continuously until all classes of out of field, stock, open and street modified as well as semis are completed. Also running at the same time in the Mud Pit area is Mud Racing with many classes as well. A combo pass will be available for admission to both the Tractor and Truck Pull and the Mud Racing so fans can enjoy a variety of motor sports all day long.

Sunday will feature the second round of Demo Derby action. This event has added classes of pick-ups and minis.

Tickets for all grandstand events can be purchased in advance through the fair website at www.wrightcountyfair.org or by calling 320-543-3119. Tickets also will be available at the fairgrounds beginning on Monday, July 24. All shows cost $10 per person of any age. Admission is $5 for children ages 12 and under for the Tractor Pull and Mud Racing events only. Combo passes for Saturday Tractor and Truck Pull and Mud Racing are $15. All events are reserved seating, except the Saturday events Tractor and Truck Pull and Mud Racing, which are general admission seating.

Entertainment will be offered each night at no charge in the Entertainment Tent. Weekend entertainment bands will feature Red Dot Garage, the local party band playing a mix of classic rock, contemporary rock and country on Friday night. On Saturday night, don’t miss Crazy Larry as they also turn up the party atmosphere by playing a mix of rock and country as well. Both bands feature local musicians and will be on stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Friday afternoon will feature the Ukulele Club of Wright County from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday will feature the River Canyon Band playing Country hits from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band will perform from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A DJ will spin music from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Sunday the entertainment tent will host the annual Wright County Karaoke Contest from 5 to 9 p.m. Local singers will compete for cash prizes. All entertainment in the tent is free, come in and enjoy music and a beverage.

Other free events are the BMX Bicycle Thrill shows on Friday and Saturday, the Antique Tractor Pull on Thursday evening, Lumber Jack Championships held every day throughout the day and the Talent Show in the Hoop Barn on Thursday evening.

There will be a Classic Car show on Saturday and a Motorcycle Show on Sunday. Other offerings will include horse shows, Mutton Bustin’ where kids try to stay on sheep and free stage entertainment, including Military Day events on Saturday and Senior Citizen events on Friday, followed by the Wagon Wheelers performing from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The Kids Pedal Pull will be held Saturday along with the Diaper Derby.

Animal exhibits will include a petting zoo, Agricultural Education Center, general exhibits, crop exhibits, historical exhibits, commercial exhibits and other events for young and old.

Todd Armstrong Carnival will be back this year with rides for all ages. Arm bands will be sold Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each of those days, two bikes will be given away in a drawing for those with armbands.

Numerous other events and contests will go on every day of the fair. Check out the fair’s website at www.wrightcountyfair.org or see the Guidebook that was sent out earlier and is available at most Wright County banks and some other businesses.