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Kandiyohi County Fair adds new events this year

WILLMAR — As the last month of summer swings into action, area county fairs are in full force.

The Kandiyohi County Fair will start Wednesday and run through Saturday, with livestock shows, midway rides, 4-H activities and live entertainment for all ages.

Open class, 4-H and FFA exhibits will be judged Tuesday and will then go on display in the exhibit halls.

Chad Lien, vice president of the Kandiyohi County Fair, said members of the public should come out for the family fun the fair provides.

“They should come for the pure enjoyment of all of our activities and events,” Lien said.

The gates will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday for various 4-H, FFA and open class livestock shows, a Prairie Winds Summer Band concert, bull riding, pig racing and KRA stock car racing in the Grandstand, along with live acts Custom Made, Tina and Lena and The Shaw Brothers Band, who will all be performing throughout the day.

Thursday’s Grandstand will feature the semi, pick-up and tractor pull. Local band The Kingery Family and Monroe Crossing, a Minnesota bluegrass band, will be performing throughout the day.

Friday’s Grandstand entertainment will feature monster trucks, while Saturday’s Grandstand entertainment will be a demo derby. This is the first year the fair has had monster trucks.

“We want everyone to come out and check out our new acts and see what’s changed,” Lien said.

In addition to adding monster trucks to the lineup, the Kandiyohi County Fair will feature the Old West Society, a group that provides living history and re-enactments from the 1800s.

“They actually dress up and live like the Old West for four days,” Lien said.

The fairgrounds also built a new office, so the old office will feature an exhibit on historical churches of Minnesota.

Saturday is kids’ day, so the fair is featuring a kids’ pedal tractor pull, magic shows, balloon creations, kids’ drawing for prizes and the opportunity to be teacher for a day at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Daily gate admission is $6 per person and $2 for students in K-12. Children are free. A season gate ticket is $15 per person and are available at the fair secretary’s office on the fairgrounds.