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New events, returning favorites at Pierce County Fair

By Staff | Jun 23, 2017

4-H families getting the barn cleaned and painted for their upcoming Livestock Judging

This year’s Piece County Fair is sure to be a success with new free events, a special fair food tasting, multiple musical talents, and a party in the dirt with Hairball back for the second year in a row.

Pony rides by Freckle Farm will be available, along with a photo booth where children can dress up in cowboy and girl gear and take photos.

Instead of pig races this year, turkey races will be held. There will be three races per show featuring different types of turkeys.

Mighty Thomas Carnival will provide about 7-8 rides for this year’s fair, with a one-day pass costing $20.

There is no general admission fee to the Piece County Fair. “That is one thing that separates us [from other fairs]. That’s why we do the fundraiser and we do have many sponsors,” Fair Board Secretary Khloe Sobolik said.

The Pierce County Fair has had a long and interesting history, with its 100 anniversary of the original fair being last year. The fair took a hiatus for quite some years before the 90s, with now Fair Board President Don Jelsing and owner of Rugby Broadcasters Lila Harstad bringing the fair back in 1991.

The fair again left Piece County around 2000, again returning in 2008 by the efforts of Jelsing. It has been a consistent event in Pierce County since then. “[Jelsing] is the nucleus of the fair,” Sobolik said. “It’s his baby.”

New to the free stages is The Hanson Family, a trio performing Western Swing, yodeling, and fiddle tunes. Also new this year are George of the Juggle- Juggler and Ventriloquist James Wedgwood.

Freddie Prez will be returning this year, with opportunities for fair attendees to win $5000 by playing Frisbee or a game of Bingo.

Thursday, June 29 kicks off the fair with Lions Club Music at the Fairgrounds featuring Jessie Veeder, a folk singer originally from Watford City, ND. Free ice cream will be available, as always.

Thursday will also feature the fair’s first Taste of the Fair, with this year’s food vendors offering samples and discounted prices on special menu items. Mini Melt Ice Cream will have free samples, as well as $1 off cups. Fred’s Chuckwagon will have reduced menu prices on Mexican menu items including taco in a bag, nachos, quesadillas and more. Other vendors will be serving corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, mini doughnuts and more.

Taste of the Fair is Thursday only from 5-9 p.m.

Party in the Dirt takes place Friday night, special guest Eighth Hour performing from 8-10 p.m. The main event, Hairball, will be from 10:30 p.m. 12:30 a.m.

Tickets are $25 and covers admission to both bands.

Beer Gardens by the Rugby Eagles will be June 30 from 6 p.m. 12:30 a.m., July 1 from 1 p.m. 9 p.m., and July 2 from 2 p.m. 6 p.m.

Saturday’s event lineup includes the North Central Circuit Ranch Rodeo, with competitions in Trailer loading, Wild Cow Milking, Relay Race, Mugging and Branding. The Ranch Rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. and is $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 7-11, and free for those ages 6 and under.

New to the fair, Cale Moon will be performing throughout the day on Saturday, kicking off the Ranch Rodeo by singing the National Anthem, as well as performing during events. He will be on stage during the fair and will be performing during and after the Co-op Grilled Steak Supper.

The steak supper includes steak, baked potatoes and the trimmings for $5 and is limited to the first 250 in line.

The annual fireworks show will be Saturday night at dusk, approximately 11 p.m.

There will be a Nondenominational Gospel Worship Service and Breakfast with music by The Overtones Sunday morning. The service will begin at 9:30 a.m., with Pastor Don Barsness giving the message. The youth group of St. Paul Lutheran Church will serve a continental breakfast from 9-11 a.m.

The Demolition Derby will be held Sunday, July 2 at 3 p.m. There are two classes this year, Welding or Chain Class and Herby Derby. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 7-11, and free for those ages 6 and under. Pit passes for all ages are $15.

The Open Class Division will be held starting on June 28 and lasting through July 2. This year’s categories are Photography, Quilting, Canning, Baking, Plants and Flowers, and Pinterest Ideas.

There are three age divisions, Kids 9 and under; Kids 10-18; and Adults. Entries will be accepted at the Exhibit Building June 28 from 4-7 p.m. and June 29 from 8-10 a.m. A closed judging will take place on Thursday from 2-4 p.m.

Cash awards of $3, $2, and $1, as well as ribbons will be awarded in each category and each age group.

Also new this year is Pierce County’s own Match Game game show. Based on the popular game show on television, the game will be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Six community “celebrity” panelists have been invited to play. The celebrities will have to fill in the blanks on sentences. If the celebrity answers match the answer of the contestant, points will be given for each match. Dave Trottier will be the host of this free and open to all event.

Fair flyers are out and available now with detailed schedules and list of events.

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