Carlton County Fair is open for businessThe Carlton County Fair has something for everyone, no matter what age. Horse races, games, dog shows, fair food, farm animals, exhibits, carnival rides, music and more, all capped by a smashing demolition derby Sunday evening.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
The Carlton County Fair has something for everyone, no matter what age. Horse races, games, dog shows, fair food, farm animals, exhibits, carnival rides, music and more, all capped by a smashing demolition derby Sunday evening.
As a youngster, Allysha Sample said her favorite thing about the fair was sleeping in the barns with the cows.
“It would get cold at night and the cows would be lying down,” said the fair manager with a chuckle. “They were warm.”
Now her favorite thing to do during fair week is to watch families.
“Moms, dads, kids, grandparents, grandkids, great-grandkids … we see so many generations come through the gate,” Sample said Tuesday afternoon after another whirlwind day of preparations including the bulk of the 4-H projects. “Everyone seems so happy.”
Gates open at 11 a.m. Thursday and run through Sunday at the Carlton County Fairgrounds in Barnum. Admission is $7 for adults and kids ages 12 and older, $3 for kids ages 6-11 and free for kids 5-years-old and younger. Parking is free with paid admission.
Popular grandstand events include the tractor pull Thursday at 7 p.m., the oval track car races at 6 p.m. Friday, the Figure 8 races at 6 p.m. Saturday, the demolition derby at 6 p.m. Sunday and the afternoon horse races at 1:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. This year will mark the 122nd year of horse racing at the 123-year-old county fair.
And who could forget the 4-H exhibits?
Carlton County 4-H program coordinator Marna Butler-Fasteland said Monday they had approximately 160 4-H exhibitors signed up to participate. Judging by the number of different projects and animals Nathan and Nicholas Finifrock (featured in this week’s “Our Neighbors” story on Page B8) are entering in the 4-H competition, those exhibitors could have more than 1,000 projects between them.
On Friday, the Jim Melde Big Band will play at 11 a.m. in the Hartman Pavilion, followed by the Outstanding Senior Citizen and Century Farm Awards at noon. Registration for the pedal tractor pull (ages 4-11) starts at 1:30 p.m. by the Red Schoolhouse, with competition starting at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, the band known as Pier Country will be taking the stage at 5 p.m. for a two-hour show. Pier Country is headed up by Carlton County resident, Curtis Wayne Takkunen. Takkunen said the goal of Pier County is to maintain a high quality level of entertainment so the folks can see something similar to a Nashville or Branson style show right in their backyard, and that’s what they intend to do on Saturday. A good mix of new and older country music top 40 hits will make up the evening’s menu. A friend of the Takkunen family, Ken Halverson will appear as a guest vocalist to open up the second half of the show. The show is free to attend after gate admission.
Other highlights of the four-day fair, according to Sample, include appearances in the Hartman Pavilion by local band Pure Country at 5 p.m. Saturday, two shows Sunday (at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.) by Monroe Crossing along with hypnotist Kerry Sharp at 12:30 and 1 p.m. Sunday. There are numerous other entertainment acts starting at 10:30 or 11 a.m. and going through the evening each day of the fair.
There is no extra charge for events in the Hartman Pavilion, but come prepared to pay for any evening events in the Grandstand.
Wristband days for the carnival rides run from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Cost is $20 each for kids and the young at heart (and strong of stomach).
Find the complete schedule of fair events in last week’s Pine Journal (pages B6-B7) and online at http://www.carltoncountyfair.org.