Whether it’s tractor pulls, demolition derbies, craft displays, animal shows or performances from national acts like Chris Kroeze, the Carlton County Fair offers a variety of activities for children and adults alike Aug. 15-18.

The fair features a new agriculture education building at the fairgrounds in Barnum. The new building, made possible by a donation from Bud and Bev Paulson, allows adults and children to learn about agriculture in Carlton County. Visitors can pick eggs, dig for potatoes and more, according to fair organizer Allysha Sample.

The fair this year has also added an “Imperial” class to its lineup of demolition derbies. The fair also features the traditional oval and figure eight racing, a tractor pull and horse racing.

Returning for its second year is the mutton busting competition where kids ages 4-7 take their turns trying to ride sheep.

"Mutton bustin'" will return for its second year at the Carlton County Fair Aug. 15-18 in Barnum. (Pine Journal file photo)
"Mutton bustin'" will return for its second year at the Carlton County Fair Aug. 15-18 in Barnum. (Pine Journal file photo)

The pavilion will feature performances from Chris Kroeze of NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as Meg and Ty, featuring "The Voice" runner-up Meghan Linsey.

As usual, the fair will feature rides on the midway as well as 4-H agriculture and craft competitions.

The fair is almost like a reunion, Sample said.

“It’s the best days of summer,” she said. “You see old friends. I think it just draws everybody back to good times ... it’s a fun thing. It’s just great.”

The 2019 Carlton County Fair will feature a number of agricultural demonstrations, including a goat show and judging contest. (Pine Journal file photo)
The 2019 Carlton County Fair will feature a number of agricultural demonstrations, including a goat show and judging contest. (Pine Journal file photo)

2019 Carlton County Fair schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 14

  • Hobby craft, needlework, art and photography entry days

Thursday, Aug. 15

  • 8:30 a.m. 4-H dairy goat show

  • 11 a.m. Gate opens — $7 gate fee, $3 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under

  • Noon, Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak performs

  • 12:30 p.m. 4-H rabbit show

  • 1:30 p.m. 4-H swine show

  • 2 p.m. Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak performs

  • 3 p.m. 4-H beef show

  • 3 p.m. Kraig James in the pavilion

  • 6 p.m. Midway opens

  • 6 p.m. Tractor pull in the grandstand

  • 7 p.m. Chris Kroeze in the pavilion

Friday, Aug. 15

  • 7 a.m. 4-H horse training judging

  • 8 a.m. Gate opens

  • 9 a.m. 4-H rabbit judging contest

  • 9 a.m. 4-H lamb lead followed by sheep show

  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 4-H demonstrations on the small stage

  • 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 4-H Demonstration Day

  • 10 a.m. Chmielewski Fun Time Band

  • Noon, Outstanding Senior Citizen and Century Farm awards

  • Noon, open class dairy show

  • Noon, modified 4-H poultry show

  • Noon, Chmielewski Fun Time Band

  • 12:30 p.m. 4-H market goat show

  • 1-3 p.m. College demonstrations and activities with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

  • 2:30 p.m. Pedal tractor pull, children ages 4-11, registration at 1:30 by the red schoolhouse

  • 6 p.m. Oval races

  • 6 p.m. Crescent Moon under the pavilion

  • 6-10 p.m. Wristband Day on the midway

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • 7 a.m. Gate opens

  • 7 a.m. 4-H horse training judging

  • 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 4-H horse and pony show in the arena

  • 9 a.m. Flag raising

  • 10 a.m. Moose Lake Community Band

  • 11:30 a.m. Dog obedience pre-novice and novice classes at the dog barn

  • Noon, The Langerstons under the pavilion

  • Noon-4 p.m. Wristband Day on the midway

  • 1:30 p.m. 128th annual horse races in the grandstand

  • 3 p.m. Open class dog show at the dog barn

  • 5 p.m. Meg and Ty under the pavilion

  • 6:30 p.m. Demolition derby in the grandstand followed by fireworks

  • 6-10 p.m. Wristband Day on the midway

Sunday, Aug. 18

  • 9 a.m. Gate opens

  • 9:30 a.m. Nondenominational church service

  • 11 a.m. Draft horse exhibition in the arena

  • Noon, mutton busting in the arena — register at 11 a.m.

  • Noon, Holy Hootenanners in the pavilion

  • Noon-4 p.m. Wristband Day on the midway

  • 1-3:30 p.m. 4-H General Exhibit Blue Ribbon Silent Auction

  • 1:30 p.m. 128th annual horse races in the grandstand

  • 4 p.m. Registration begins for the 4-H Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction

  • 6 p.m. Figure eight races in the grandstand

  • 8 p.m. Exhibits released, premium checks distributed