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2008 Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 24, 2008

FOOD AND NUTRITION -- Chelsea Strohman of Emmetsburg (left) baked a blueberry pound cake which is being considered for State Fair. Judge Jennifer Loudermilk of Royal (right) talked to Chelsea about the number of ingredients used and the cake’s consistency. -- Jane Whitmore photo

Tuesday was Judging Day in the exhibits building. Each 4-H club has all of its projects displayed in a booth in the exhibits building. State Fair entries will be on display in the center of the room.

2008 Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 24, 2008

PALO ALTO COUNTY FAIR -- Tuesday was Judging Day in the exhibits building. Each 4-H club has all of its projects displayed in a booth in the exhibits building. State Fair entries will be on display in the center of the room. Chelsea Strohman of Emmetsburg (left) baked a blueberry pound cake which is being considered for State Fair. Judge Jennifer Loudermilk of Royal (right) talked to Chelsea about the number of ingredients used and the cake’s consistency. --Jane Whitmore photo

The Palo Alto County Fair officially opens today for its annual four-day run at the county fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. With livestock judging, stage shows, and activities for all ages, the annual celebration of summer and youth will have something for everyone before wrapping up on Sunday, July 27.

Thursday’s activities will start out with the entry of livestock exhibits during the morning hours, but at 10 a.m., the 4-H Dog Obedience show will take place in the historic show pavilion. Judging also begins at 10 a.m. for the 4-H Horticulture entries in the exhibits building. More judging begins at 11 a.m. with the 4-H Rabbit show, located to the west of the horse barn.

The afternoon will feature the second part of the 4-H Dog show with the Agility Course trials, starting at 1 p.m. The Poultry Show will take place at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m., the youth will get their chance to do some judging with the annual Livestock Judging Contest, slated for 4 p.m. at the Pavilion. The 4-H Communications judging will be held at 5 p.m. in the Exhibits building.

For those who love fair food, the New Hope Community Chapel and Holy Family Parish will operate food stands on the fairgrounds throughout the fair, and there will be three special barbeque meals during the fair. The Commercial Exhibits will also be open Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday evening will the annual Extension Council/4-H Foundation Barbeque at the tent stage, serving from 5 to 7 p.m.

At 6 p.m., a special dedication ceremony is planned at the entrance to the fairgrounds to dedicate the new entry landscaping and some special donations. Registration for the Wells Fargo Baby Crawl will begin at 6 p.m., with the contest to start at 6:30 in the Pavilion. Entertainment on the tent stage for Thursday evening will include the Clover Kid King and Queen contest at 6:30 and the introduction of the Palo Alto County Fair Queen candidates at 7 p.m. The 4-H Style Show, Awards Program and installation of the 4-H County Council will follow at 7:15 p.m.

The coronation of the 2008 Palo Alto County Fair Queen will take place at 7:45 p.m. and the annual 4-H Share the Fun program will close out the evening’s activities at 8 p.m.

Friday’s activities start bright and early at 8 a.m. with the Swine Show in the Pavilion. The Independence Township Schoolhouse will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. with activities for all ages. Silly Padilly, offering Face Painting and Balloon art, will be roaming the fairgrounds from 2:30 to 7:30