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Events set for ’10 Pierce County Fair

Construction gets underway on new building on fairgrounds

May 20, 2010
Cathy Jelsing

A new building is bringing 4-H exhibits back to the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Rugby and will house the first open class competitions at the fair in more than a decade.

The exhibition building is a joint project of the Rugby Park District, Pierce County Commission, Pierce County Fair Board, and Greater Rugby Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

"The lack of a permanent exhibit building prevented us from displaying non-livestock 4-H projects at the fairgrounds," said Don Jelsing, fair board president. "We're excited to get 4-Hers back on the fairgrounds and to offer open class exhibits."

This year's open class exhibits will include flower arranging, painting and drawing, scrapbooking, photography, baking, and quilting. The competition is open to all ages.

The new building is just one new dimension of the fair, which runs July 1-4. The inflatable midway is doubling in size, with 10 inflatable rides and 18 carnival games. New in the grandstand is Northern Outlaw Wrestling, with bouts set from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on July 4.

The first annual Cool Car and Motorcycle Show will open July 4, after the annual parade. New contests this year include: a horseshoe tournament, three-point basketball shoot, and for the strong of stomach, the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge.

Featured grandstand act Nashville recording artist Gwen Sebastian performs July 2. Country singer Samantha Madison takes the stage July 3. The fair's third annual Hidden Talent Show is July 2 and mud runs will churn the track July 3.

Fair patrons pay extra for grandstand shows, inflatable rides, and for the July 3 pitchfork fondue, but the fair's $2 daily gate fee buys lots of free entertainment.

"Our goal as a board is to make the fair both fun and affordable for families," Jelsing said.

Free fair events include Metis dancing and drumming performances; belly dancing demonstrations; chainsaw woodcarving demonstrations; Daryl's Racing Pigs; Freddie Prez's karaoke and lip sync contests; Old McHumble's Petting Zoo; and the annual July 4 fireworks display.

Finally, it wouldn't be the Pierce County Fair without a slough of free contests, everything from minnow racing and nail pounding to pie baking and the John Deere pedal tractor pull.

Gate admission is $2 for ages 7 and older; ages 6 and under admitted free. A $20 fair pass includes daily gate admission, plus all five grandstand shows. Kids 7-11 pay only $2 gate admission to get into grandstand. Individual event tickets will be available at the gate.

Pierce County Fair Guides will be available in early June at the Rugby Chamber Office and area businesses. The guides will include the complete fair schedule, open class rules of entry, and other entry forms.

-Cathy Jelsing



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