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It’s Fair Time!

2017 Palo Alto County Fair Opens Thursday

July 19, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News
Palo Alto County’s annual celebration of youth and summer begins this Thursday with the start of the2017 Palo Alto County Fair. The four-day run of the fair will conclude Sunday afternoon, July 23, with the annual Premium Auction, but each day of the fair is filled with a variety of events and activities for all ages. The fair unofficially kicked off on Tuesday, July 18, with the entry and judging of 4-H static exhibits in the Exhibits Building. Wednesday evening, July 19, beef exhibitors will weigh their projects in from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Open Class Garden exhibitors will bring their entries to the Exhibits building from 6 to 8 p.m. as well. The official start of the fair comes Thursday morning, July 20, as livestock entries arrive at the fairgrounds in the morning. Judging events get underway Thursday at 9 .m. with the 4-H Dog Agility Show in the outdoor agility compound. The Dog Obedience show will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Livestock Pavilion. Judging of 4-H Horticulture exhibits will get underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Exhibits building and the 4-H Exhibits building opens to the public at 10 a.m. Livestock projects are to be in their respective barns by 10 a.m. to get the fair in full swing. Open Class Garden exhibits will be accepted starting at 10 a.m. until 12 noon, with judging of the Open Class Garden entries to being at 1 p.m. The Open Class Exhibit building and Commercial Exhibits building will open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. A special exhibit, a German Ancestry Display and program, will be offered in the Country Schoolhouse at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. The Schoolhouse will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the fair. Livestock shows get underway Thursday afternoon with the Dairy Show at 2 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion and the Poultry Show, which gets underway at 3 p.m. in the Poultry/Bottle Calf barn. At 3 p.m., the Sheep Show will take place in the Livestock Pavilion. The Sheep show is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion. A new livestock event, the Open Class Hog Show, sponsored by the Emmetsburg FFA, will take pace at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Livestock Pavilion. Entries for the Open Class Hog Show will begin arriving at the fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m. Under the Open Air Pavilion, the activities get underway at 5:30 p.m. with registration for the Baby Crawl/Toddler races, and the annual Palo Alto County Extension Council BBQ Supper will be served at the Open Air Pavilion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Along with the BBQ, the Palo Alto County Farm Bureau will conduct a Food Bank Donation Collection event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Baby Crawl and Toddler race will take place on the stage at 6 p.m. Next, the Clover Kid King and Queen Coronation will be at 6:15 p.m. on stage. Special presentations will take place on the stage at 6:25 p.m. and will be followed by the introduction of the Fair Queen contestants at 6:45 p.m. The annual 4-H Style Show and Awards program and County Council installation ceremony is slated for 7 p.m. and will be followed by the 4-H Share the Fun program. The evening will be capped off at 8 p.m. with the crowning of the 2017 Palo Alto County Fair Queen Friday’s Schedule Friday will be a busy day on the grounds, starting with the Hog Show at 8 a.m. in the Livestock Pavilion. The Fair Board will sponsor the annual Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee at 9:30 a.m. in the Exhibits Building, which remains open until 9 p.m. A scavenger hunt will get underway at 10:30 a.m. and livestock judging will continue at 11:30 a.m. in the livestock pavilion with the Meat Goat Show and at 12 noon, the 4-H Communications, Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits will be presented in the Country Schoolhouse. The Commercial/Open Class Building will open at noon and remain open until 8 p.m. The German Ancestry Display will be offered in the Country Schoolhouse from 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday, with the programs being offered at 2 and 4 p.m. The Ag Olympics event is scheduled for 1 p.m., and free entertainment of a balloon artist will take place through the afternoon at the Open Air pavilion from 1 to 6 p.m. Face Painting will also be offered at the Open Air pavilion from 1 to 7 p.m. and a juggling show will take place on stage in the Open Air Pavilion at 2 p.m. Interviews for the Buck/Bottle Calf exhibitors will begin at 1 p.m. in the Bottle Calf barn and from 3 to 5 p.m., the Iowa State University Insect Zoo will be on display. Pony rides will be offered for youth from 3 to 8 p.m. and the interviews for Bucket/Bottle Lambs and Meat Goats will get underway at 4 p.m. in the sheep/goat barn. The Emmetsburg FFA will offer a free petting zoo in the Sheep/Goat barn from 4 to 8 p.m. Ag Property Solutions will host a free BBQ meal Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Open Air Pavilion and at 5:30 p.m., the Bucket/Bottle Calf Show will take place in the Livestock Pavilion, with the Bucket/Bottle Lamb and Market Goat show to follow, including special costume classes. The Human Foosball tournament will get underway and provide laughs and fun for all involved starting at 7 p.m. adjacent to the Livestock Pavilion and the 4-H Horse Show Game classes will take place in the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena from 7 to 9 p.m. The day will wind up at 7 p.m., the Open Air Pavilion Stage will welcome Sprout and Senior competitors in the Annual Bill Riley State Fair Talent Search Program. Saturday’s Activities The agenda for Saturday starts out with the Market Beef Show at 8:00 a.m. Feeder projects will be judged first at the Feeder barn, and then breeding classes and market beeves will take to the show ring in the Livestock pavilion. The 4-H Horse Show resumes in the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena at 9 a.m. with halter and showmanship classes. A Craft and Vendor Fair will open to the public at 9 a.m. and continues through 2 p.m. in the South Commercial building and the 4-H Exhibits building opens at 10 a.m. along with the Commercial Exhibits building, until 7 p.m. The Juggling show will take place on the Open Air Pavilion stage at 11 a.m. and face painting will be offered from 12 noon to 6 p.m. along with the balloon artist from 1 to 6 p.m. Pony rides will be offered from noon to 9 p.m. and the German Ancestry Display will be offered in the Country Schoolhouse from 12 noon to 7 p.m., with programs offered at 2 and 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. Daybreak Foods will sponsor the annual Pedal Pull for youth in the Open Air Pavilion. The Emmetsburg FFA Petting Zoo will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sheep/Goat barn, and the Commodity Carnival event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibits Building. At 1:30 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion, the annual Pet Show will take place and at 2 p.m., the 4-H Rabbit Show will be judged. Another juggling show will take place on stage in the Open Air Pavilion at 2:30 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m., everyone’s favorite messy event, the watermelon eating contest, will take place outside the Livestock Pavilion. The Livestock Judging Contest will take place at 4 p.m., with entrants meeting in the Livestock Pavilion. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., the Palo Alto County Cattlemen’s Association will sponsor their annual BBQ meal prior to a juggling show in the Open Air Pavilion and the 4-H Youth County Council’s annual CowPie Bingo game at 6 p.m. Highlighting Saturday evening at the fair will be the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo in the horse arena, with action getting underway at 7 p.m. Sunday’s Wind Down The fair winds down on Sunday, but starts out with the Emmetsburg Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in the Open-Air Pavilion, with serving beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 12:30 p.m. The 4-H Exhibits Building will open at 9 a.m. along with the Commercial and Open Class Building, with both buildings closing at 12:30 p.m. The German Ancestry Display will also be open in the Country Schoolhouse from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday. The annual Pony Express Riders Open Class Horse Show will start at 9 a.m. in the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena and at 10 a.m. a Bean Bag tournament will be offered adjacent to the Livestock Pavilion. The Emmetsburg Karting Association will sponsor Go Kart races at the Emmetsburg Raceway, located on the west end of the fairgrounds. Hot laps will get underway at 2:00 p.m. with racing to start at 2:30 p.m. There is no admission fee to watch the excitement of the racing. The All Premium Auction will take place at 3 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion to bring the 2017 Palo Alto County Fair to a conclusion.
 
 
 

 

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