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2009 Palo Alto County Fair Opens Thursday

By Staff | Jul 21, 2009

PRE-FAIR CLEANUP – The annual pre-fair cleanup day on Saturday got the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds all spiffed up for the fair, which begins Thursday. 4-H’ers and their families turned out early on Saturday to mow, trim, sweep, rake, dust and paint around the fairgrounds, as well as erect fencing. In the horse barn, Keely Williamson, left, and her mother Jill, center, were busy raking out box stalls along with Megan Klootwyk, on the right. The 2009 Palo Alto County Fair officially opens to the public on Thursday, July 23, and concludes on Sunday, July 26. — Dan Voigt photo

With the calendar days spinning by, one of the fixtures of Summer is upon the area, as the Palo Alto County officially begins its four-day run this Thursday, July 23, at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. Along with 4-H and FFA livestock exhibits, there will be a variety of events and offerings to experience and see as part of an annual celebration of agriculture and community joining together.

Opening Day Events

With livestock entries arriving at the fairgrounds in the morning, the judging gets underway early, with the annual Dog Obedience Show in the pavilion at 10 a.m. Judging of Horticulture entries also begins at 10 a.m. as the exhibits building opens and livestock entries are to be in place. Judging continues at 11 a.m. with the Rabbit Show, and will be followed at 1 p.m. by the Dog Agility show and Poultry show, which begins at 2 p.m.

The Youth Livestock Judging Contest will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Livestock Pavilion. The competition will give youths an opportunity to test their skills at judging animals on the hoof and then comparing their efforts with an impartial judge in an informal, educational setting.

As always, there will be good food available at the fairgrounds, as Thursday evening will be the annual Palo Alto County Extension Council Barbeque supper, with serving commencing at 5 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. adjacent to the new Open Air Pavilion structure, which was recently constructed at the fairgrounds.

A program featuring some special recognitions and presentations will take place on the stage of the new pavilion at 6 p.m., including a special ceremony to dedicate the new building and recognize the various contractors and entities who helped to make the facility possible, along with the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Committee.

The youngest fairgoers get their chance to bask in the limelight at 6:30 in the livestock pavilion with the annual Baby Crawl and Toddler races, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.

At 6:30, another crowd favorite, the Clover Kid King and Queen contest will be held on stage in the new outdoor pavilion and will be followed at 7 p.m. by an introduction of the fair queen contestants.

The new pavilion stage will then host the 4-H Style Show, Awards program and County Council Installation, leading up to the crowing of the 2009 Palo Alto County Fair Queen at 7:45 p.m. The evening will conclude with the 4-H Share the Fun program, starting at 8 p.m.

Each day of the fair, the Palo Alto County Extension Council will be operating the Patsy Wirtz Memorial Train ride for youth around the fairgrounds.

Friday’s Schedule

The fairgrounds will come to life early on Friday, July 24, starting with the Market Hog show will begin at 8 a.m. in the pavilion. Interviews for the Bucket/Bottle Calf exhibitors will start at 1 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m., the Game Classes for the 4-H Horse Show will get underway in the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena.

Commercial Exhibit buildings will be open from noon to 9 p.m., and the 4-H Exhibits Building will open at 10 a.m. Friday.

There will be plenty of activities for all ages, including Amy the Balloon Artist and Face Painter, performing from 2 to 7 p.m. on the fairgrounds. The old Country School will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday for art activities for all ages and at 4 p.m., a reunion for all country school students will take place at the schoolhouse, on the fairgrounds.

The Treasure Village Players will bring “Rumpelstiltskin” to the new pavilion stage at 2:30 p.m.; under the auspices of the Palo Alto County Arts Council for a free show.

The Bucket/Bottle Calf Show will begin in the Livestock Pavilion at 4 p.m., and interviews for the Bucket/Bottle Lamb show will start at 4:30 p.m.

The Market Lamb show is slated to begin at 6 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion to close out the second day of livestock events.

The Palo Alto County Cattlemen’s Association will sponsor their annual barbeque supper adjacent to the outdoor pavilion, from 5 to 7 p.m. The youth will have one of their favorite activities starting at 7 p.m. with the annual Mud Volleyball tournament.

In the outdoor pavilion, the Palo Alto County Fair Board will present Danny Grause, an Acoustic Country Artist, in a free concert, starting at 6 p.m. A second stage show, starting at 8 p.m., will feature comedian Fred Bevil in a free show.

Saturday’s Events

The fairgrounds will be abuzz with activities on Saturday, starting with the Market Beef Show at 8:30 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 Performance classes for the 4-H Horse Show will take to the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena at 9 a.m. Saturday to complete the Horse Show exhibition.

The 4-H Exhibits Building and Commercial Exhibits will open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. The country schoolhouse will be open again from 1 to 6 p.m. for art activities on Saturday.

Entries for the annual Open Class Yeast Bread and Cupcake Contests will be accepted from 10 a.m. to noon in the 4-H Exhibits Building, with judging to follow shortly after noon.

Amy the face painter and balloon artist will be on the fairgrounds from 1 to 6 p.m. to entertain the youth. The annual Pet Show is schedule for 1:30 p.m. and a Scavenger Hunt is being planned at 2 p.m.

The always-popular Pedal Pull, which is being sponsored by Daybreak Foods, will take place in the open-air pavilion at 3 p.m.

The County Council’s annual Cowpie Bingo will get underway at 4 p.m., and a watermelon-eating contest is planned for 4:30 p.m. near the livestock pavilion.

The Palo Alto County Peace Officers’ Barbeque supper is set for Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. adjacent to the open-air pavilion. On stage in the pavilion will be MENTALIST, Ray Thompson.

At 6 p.m., the County Council will hold its Second Annual Ag Olympics, which is sure to produce lots of laughs and fun for everyone. Entertainment will close out Saturday night with Ray Thompson and his hypnotism show on the pavilion stage at 8 p.m.

The final livestock show of the fair will be in the pavilion at 8 p.m. Saturday night with the Dairy Show.

Sunday’s Wind Down

The fair winds down on Sunday, with exhibits other than livestock being sold on the auction being released from the grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The annual Pony Express Riders Horse Show will start at 11 a.m. in the Bonnie Lammers Memorial Arena. Next door, 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 12:30 p.m. with racing to start at 1 p.m. There is no admission fee to watch the excitement of the racing.

At 2 p.m., the All Premium Livestock Auction will take place in the pavilion to close out the livestock events of the fair.

The fair officially comes to a close at 9 p.m. with the annual Teen Dance.