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County Fair plans wrapping up

By Staff | Jun 14, 2019

Fair officials and volunteers are putting the finishing touches on plans for the 2019 Pierce County Fair, to be held June 27-30 at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Rugby.

Pierce County Fair Board President Don Jelsing said there is still time to participate in the fair, either as a volunteer or participant in some fair events.

Volunteers will be honored with a pre-fair thank you supper June 20 at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering at the fair are welcome to sign up at the supper.

“Jelsing said those interested in volunteering at the fair ” can call Khloe Sobolik now at (701) 208-0830; she’s the one who’s the head of volunteering, and she will find a place and a spot for you to volunteer. Or, you can come to the fairgrounds on June 20 for the supper and you can sign up right then and there in the commercial building. Let us know what size t-shirt you wear, and when you help us out, we give you a t-shirt.”

“The whole idea was to reward volunteers with, one, a free picnic for them in appreciation for what they’ve done, and two, a free t-shirt for volunteering that says they are volunteering, because that’s something to be proud of,” Jelsing said of the supper, sponsored by Rugby’s Merchants Bank, Bremer Bank and Ramsey National Bank.

Jelsing said the supper has been “a really good deal to get the volunteers lined up and tell them thank you, because we cannot do this on our own.”

Five paid stage events are lined up for entertainment this year, and several free events will be onstage during the fair’s run as we

Describing the free events scheduled, Jelsing said: “We have a new magician coming this year, and we have Daryl’s Racing Pigs coming back, who’s always been a staple of the fair for many years.”

“We’ve got what I believe to be a wonderful duet of singers from South Dakota called The Potters. It’s a man and his wife who have crazy-good voices, and they can do whatever type of genre music you want. If you want Western, or you want ‘New York, New York’, or you want the ’60s they are so spot on with their vocals,” Jelsing continued.

“And then, we do the Bohm’s Family Magic Show, and they’re brand new this year. They have a multi-faceted, agriculturally based family show of entertainment. I didn’t get to see these people yet, but from what I understand, they’re a really good family fair show,” he added.

“They’re just a lot of fun. I’m kind of interested to see them.”

“And then, we’ve got Josh Dockter, our local famous talent who’s a great artist and vocalist, and he’s going to do some free stage shows for us also,” Jelsing noted.

“As far as the paid events, I think that the biggest attractions are probably going to be the two music nights. After that, I think we’re still going to have a good showing with the rest of them, especially with the demolition derby and modified tractor and truck pull. And the Ranch Rodeo is always popular.”

Jelsing said admission costs for those attractions would be $10.00 per event for adults. He estimated admission for children would cost about $5.00 per event.

Opening day for the fair will feature livestock judging for local 4-H and FFA chapters in the morning and open class items will be judged that morning as well. Those wishing to enter open class exhibits may bring them to the fairgrounds between 4 p.m. – 7 p,m. June 26, or June 27 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Categories for open class exhibits are: photography, quilting, canning, baking, plants and flowers, Pinterest items and other. More information is available from Daphne Haman, who may be reached at (701) 776-5518 or (701) 208-0778.

Because fairs aren’t complete without a variety of things to eat, vendors will sell food items ranging from mini doughnuts to brisket. The Pierce County Fair Ribfest will fill the air with more smoky goodness on the fair’s last day. Entry fees for participants are $100 before June 21, and $150 after June 21. Interested participants may call (701) 208-0901.

Jelsing said a group of agriculture cooperatives will host a steak fry the evening of June 28 at the fair, serving steak dinners for $5.00 each. Sponsors organizing the meal are Farm Credit Service; Envision; Farmers Union Insurance Rugby; North Central Electric; Northern Plains Electric; Pierce County Farmers Union, North Star Community Credit Union and Rugby Elevator.

Jelsing said the steak fry takes place on the fairgrounds, but the Pierce County Fair Board does not organize the event. “Sometimes we just get the credit for it, when really, a lot of the people who are doing the events at the fair probably don’t get as much credit as they should,” he noted.

“They (the sponsors) all chip in and they all pay for everything. And they just charge $5 from each person that doesn’t cover the meal. It’s something that’s put on during the fair. The fair itself has no ties to it, but it makes it a nicer event.”

“And there are all the other events you’ve got the petting zoo, and you’ve got the pedal tractor pull, and there’s just all kinds of things you can watch and partake in.”

The Mighty Thomas Carnival will offer rides at the fair as well.

Jelsing reflected on positive feedback he and the fair board have heard throughout their terms.

“‘Gee, this is a beautiful fairground. This is really nice. You have a wonderful fair here. There’s so much going on; it’s nice and organized and those things are special to the Pierce County Fair it is a nice setting, and there’s so much going on, and it’s such a family atmosphere, that you can bring your children and turn them loose on the rides all day for not much money.'” Jelsing said.

“When you start getting comments like that, and they’re true comments: This is really nice. We’re used to going to fairs on asphalt or gravel, out in the middle of some field. And this is wonderful. So, it is something for the city to be proud of, what the park board has done with the grounds, and with the buildings, and hopefully, we can continue to make it better.”

Pierce County Fair board members are: Jelsing, Khloe and Don Sobolik, Mike Ostrem and Mark Thiel.

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