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Palo Alto County Fair Opens Thursday

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than visiting the county fair. The 2010 edition of the Palo Alto County officially begins its four-day run this Thursday, July 22, 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 the dogs will appear a second time at 1 p.m. by the Dog Agility show. Rounding out the judging for exhibitors on day one will be the 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.

The 4-H Communications, Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits will be highlighted at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and provide the exhibitors with a chance to share what they have learned in the course of their project with a live audience.

It wouldn’t be a county fair without food – and 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. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. at the Open Air Pavilion.

At 6 p.m., a program featuring some special recognitions and presentations will take place on the new permanent stage at the open air pavilion, including a special ceremony to dedicate the new stage and thank the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Committee for its financial assistance to the project.

The youngest fairgoers get their chance to bask in the limelight at 6:00 p.m. in the livestock pavilion with the annual Baby Crawl and Toddler races, sponsored by the staff of the Laurens State Bank.

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

The pavilion stage will then host the 4-H Style Show, Awards program and County Council Installation, leading up to the crowing of the 2010 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 23, starting with the Market Hog show, which begins 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.

The Palo Alto County Fair Association will host the weekly Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee on Friday morning in the Exhibits building, starting at 9:30 a.m. All Commercial Exhibit buildings will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

There will be plenty of activities for all ages, starting with Andy Dunbar, Magician, who will perform at 1:30 p.m. on the Open Air Pavilion Stage. The Iowa Trust and Savings Bank is sponsoring Dunbar’s performance. Other entertainment for the younger set will include Amy the Balloon Artist and Face Painter, performing from 2 to 7 p.m. on the fairgrounds.

Another treat for the youth will be inflatables to jump and play on, from noon to 7 p.m.

The old Independence Township Country School will open at 2:30 p.m. with Trudy Huskamp Peterson, a Consulting Archivist.

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 Bucket/Bottle Lamb show will start at 5:15 p.m. in the pavilion and will be followed by a new livestock show, the Market Goats, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the livestock pavilion. The Market Lamb show will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the pavilion.

The Palo Alto County Cattlemen’s Association will sponsor their annual barbeque supper with freshly grilled burgers and ribeye steak sandwiches at the outdoor pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m.

Larry Dunbar will present a second show of magic and entertainment on the open-air pavilion stage at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and the youth will have one of their favorite activities starting at 7 p.m. with the annual Mud Volleyball tournament.

Closing out day two of the fair activities, the Palo Alto County Farm Bureau will present a free concert featuring the “Ten Seven” Band in the outdoor pavilion, starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Activities

Saturday will feature a full day of activities 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 Halter and 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 competitive side will be satisfied starting at 10 a.m. Saturday with the annual Pedal Pull, in the open-air pavilion.

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 at 3 p.m. for a presentation on Prairie History 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.

A new attraction at the fair, the Animal Learning Lab, will open at 1 p.m. to offer fairgoers a chance to see a variety of baby animals. Members of the Emmetsburg FFA will host the learning lab, which will display the animals until 6 p.m.

The annual Pet Show is schedule for 1:30 p.m. and a Scavenger Hunt is being planned at 2 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. at the open-air pavilion. The barbeque is guaranteed to fuel everyone up for the Third Annual Ag Olympics, sponsored by the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council. The Ag Olympics brings out the best in competitive natures, which is sure to produce lots of laughs and fun for everyone. The “Win It in a Minute” game show will follow at 7 p.m. on the pavilion stage and at 8 p.m., the Palo Alto County Fair Association will host Hypnotist Sami Dare in a return engagement to the Palo Alto County Fair.

The final livestock show of the fair takes to the Livestock 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 2:30 p.m. with racing to start at 3 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 in the Exhibits Building to bring the 2010 Palo Alto County Fair to a close.