Fair Coming Back to Grounds
The Pierce County Fair is back for another summer at the Pierce County Fairgrounds, starting Saturday, June 27, and picking up again July 1-5.
Several favorites return this year, including the Mighty Thomas Carnival, Daryl’s Racing Pigs, the John Deere Pedal Tractor Pull, Junior Points Livestock Show, 4-H exhibits, a demolition derby, a ranch rodeo and the 5K run/walk (put on the Heart of America Medical Center’s physical therapy department).
Also coming to this year’s fair are several new attractions, including ZZ-3 and Hells Bells (tribute bands of ZZ Top and AC/DC, respectively); human foosball – a take on the tabletop soccer game with six-person co-ed teams; magician Kevin Hall; 18-year-old fiddler Tayler Fleming; “messy” kids activities; a photo booth and a petting zoo.
There will also be several food vendors, and the Rugby Eagles will be in charge of the beer gardens.
The fair kicks off June 27 with mud runs – similar to a drag race – at 1 p.m. on the fairgrounds’ new east addition.
The carnival will open July 1 at 6 p.m. Music in the Park will take place that evening at the fairgrounds, with fiddler Ryan Keplin providing entertainment. There will also be an a capella National Anthem Contest at 8 p.m.
4-H exhibits will be judged on July 2, and submissions will be received for the photography contests. Exhibits will be on display in the Community Center.
Free stage events will open on July 3, including Freddie Prez, racing pigs, the petting zoo, Miss Bows Messy Mania and kids’ activity center, fiddler Fleming, caricature artist Austin Schmaltz, magician Hall and the Glam Cam Photo Booth. A dunking booth, a fundraiser put on by the Bethany and First Lutheran Church youth groups, also opens that day. ZZ-3 will perform on the main stage at 8:30 p.m., and Hells Bells will perform at 11 p.m. A N.D. Museum of Art exhibit, “Marking the Land: Jim Dow in N.D.”, opens at 2 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m.
July 4 kicks off with the HAMC 5K, with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the race at 8:30 a.m., the parade down Main Avenue at 1 p.m. (lineup at noon at Rugby High School) and fireworks at dusk. Human foosball tournaments will be held from 2-8 p.m., with cost of $30 for each six-person team, and cash prizes awarded to the winners. There will also be a demolition derby at 3 p.m. on the eastern addition, in which racers vie to be the last car moving.
The fair concludes July 5, with a ranch rodeo at 3 p.m. The carnival closes at 7 p.m.
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