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Posted on: July 1, 2021

50 Things to Know About the 150th Wright County Fair

This year will be the 150th Wright County Fair and, while many equate the fair with the food and the midway rides, there is a lot more than just eating and going on rides, especially this year as a lot of new attractions will take place for the sesquicentennial edition of the County Fair.

Here are 50 things you might want to know before heading off to the Fair July 21-25.

  • Children 17 and under will be admitted free. Adult admission is $5 per day or $15 for the entire run of the Fair on a season pass. Parking is $5 per day or a season pass for $10. A combination season pass for admission and parking is $20.
  • The ticket office will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20 and online ticket orders will be accepted throughout the duration of the Fair. For more information, call (320) 543-3119. The ticket office will be open throughout the open hours of the Fair.
  • Unlimited ride armbands are $25 for each day of the Fair (those with armbands are registered for the opportunity to win one of two bicycles that will be given away at 5 p.m. each day). Armbands can be pre-purchased online for $20 each day by going to www.WrightCountyFair.org
  • There will be Bingo every day of the Fair. The Bingo area is located across from the Fair Office.
  • Throughout all five days of the Fair, there will be helicopter rides provided by Lake Superior Helicopters (weather permitting). They will be located west of the Dairy Barn, offering rides from 2 p.m. to sunset on Wednesday and Thursday (July 21-22), from 10 a.m. to sunset Friday and Saturday (July 23-24) and “from 2 p.m. to ?” on Sunday, July 25.
  • There will be cash drawings after 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and after 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Free Fair Entertainment Tent will include Chopper “The World’s Nuttiest DJ” (6-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21), Outside Recess (7-11 p.m. Thursday, July 22), Red Dot Garage (8 p.m.-midnight Friday, July 23), Mitch Gordon Band (8-11 p.m. Saturday, July 24) and Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings (Sunday, July 25 with shows at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.).
  • The Entertainment Tent is sponsored by Coors Light and will be open from noon to midnight the first four days of the Fair and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 25.
  • The 4-H Food Stand will be open the duration of the Fair, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between – with all proceeds supporting Wright County 4H clubs.
  • 4-H will be extremely active at the Fair with events scheduled for all five days, as well as the 4-H Exhibit Building, where numerous 4-H projects will be displayed. Wright County 4-H has more than 600 youth members.
  • The Agriculture Education Building will be open throughout the Fair – the big red barn near the south entrance of the Fairgrounds. There are many demonstrations, baby animals and learning opportunities, including trying your hand at milking “Maggie” – the replica cow.
  • 150th Souvenir Anniversary Mugs will be available. They can be found in the Entertainment Tent for $15, which include a first-beverage fill, and on sale in the General Exhibits Building for $10. 150th Wright County Fair commemorative t-shirts will also be available in the General Exhibits Building.
  • There will be an exotic animal exhibit open for the entirety of the Fair.
  • University of Minnesota Extension will have a booth at the Fair with a Master Gardener on hand to answer any questions those with gardens may have.
  • Throughout the Fair, the Hopewell Fur Trading Company will bring the past back to live with demonstrations of the fur trade that has played a vital in Minnesota’s history. The Hopewell area will be located north of the Sheep Barn.
  • The historic Welker School will be open throughout the duration of the Fair.
  • The Open Class Miniature Horse, Pony and Long Ear Show will begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 and will include 32 categories.
  • The 2021 4-H Horse Show Schedule with start at 9 a.m. Wednesday with 28 events, 8 a.m. Thursday with 27 events and 8 a.m. Friday with 73 events.
  • Reserved tickets can be pre-ordered for the Combine Demo Derby at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 ($10 each), the demo derby at 7 p.m. Friday, July 23 ($10 each) and the demo derby at 5:30 p.m. Sunday ($10 each). Order in advance and be able to select the available seats of your choice.
  • As part of the Combine Demolition Derby on Wednesday, July 21, there will also be a Power Wheels Demo Derby for children ages 4-9 and a lawnmower demo derby as part of the event.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (July 22-25), there will be a Kids Coin Scramble.
  • From Thursday through Sunday (July 22-25), Alfy’s World of Robotic Puppets will be doing strolling performance, including life sized puppets and a talking horse. The puppets are radio controlled and will visit unsuspecting fairgoers throughout the final four days of the Fair.
  • Machinery Hill will play host to the annual Antique Tractor Pull at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22. At that event there will be a toy tractor raffle. Machinery Hill will also host 2021 steam engine displays and the model farm toy display trailer that will be open during the entire run of the Fair.
  • The Free Stage will be open from Thursday through Sunday (July 22-25). Events include pie eating contests at 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; Mixed Nuts at 5 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22; the Senior Citizens program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 23; the Wagon Wheelers from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 23; the Military Day program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24; The Oz Brothers with 45-minute shows at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; KRWC-Radio’s 50-Year Anniversary program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24; a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 25; and The Clown Arounds of Wright County at 1 p.m. Sunday.
  • On Thursday through Sunday (July 22-25), The All-American Lumberjack Show will have three free shows daily – one early afternoon, one late afternoon and one in the evening. The shows will include the National Lumberjack Championship, Lumberjack Sports Camps and men’s and women’s Log Boom Racing. Events will include ax throwing, chopping wood, cross-cut sawing, log rolling, log boom racing, obstacle pole racing, hot saw and springboard tree hopping. Fairgoers can sign up for log boom racing and kids will get free lessons to try their hand (or feet) at log rolling, as well as other events by signing up before the shows at the Lumberjack Arena.
  • Northland Oliver Collector’s Association will host the 13th Annual Collector Tractor and Garden Tractor Pull, starting shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, July 22.
  • At 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22 there will be an amateur talent show on stage in the Hoop Building. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8 in the General Exhibits Building at the County Fairgrounds. The finalists will compete in preteen, teen and open class divisions.
  • Crushed Pro Wrestling will put on a card at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22 in the grandstand. General admission is free, but limited ringside VIP seating is available for $10 per seat. VIP tickets will be available the day of the event at the Fair Ticket Office.
  • Friday through Sunday (July 23-25), the Nick Sharpe Magic Show will be strolling through the Fairgrounds performing family-friendly, audience participation magic shows.
  • Friday through Sunday (July 23-25) at a time yet to be specified in the “mid-afternoon,” the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will conduct K-9 demonstrations using its canine officers.
  • Friday, July 23 will be Senior Citizens Day. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., is $3 per person and will be provided by Coborn’s-Delano. A program will start at 1 p.m. at the Free Stage and will include recognition of the 2021 Outstanding Wright County Senior Citizens, the oldest man and woman at the Fair, longest married couple, Wright County Outstanding Family Farm and the winner of the Friend of the Fair Award. Music will be provided by Mike Elsenpeter.
  • From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 23, the Wagon Wheelers will perform on the Free Stage.
  • The KRWC-Roadshow with Ron Larson and Jake Leither will broadcast live from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 23 from the KRWC Roadshow bus.
  • The Minnesota Saddle Club Association will host the O-MOK-SEE Open Horse Show starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 23 and will feature 43 events.
  • At 8 a.m. Saturday, July 24, there will be a 5K run. Entry fee is $15 if made before July 14 and $20 the day of the event. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race and the race will begin at 8 a.m. All entrants will receive a 150th Wright County Fair t-shirt. Ribbons will be awarded for the top three places in men’s and women’s competition in all age divisions (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over).
  • The Little Mountain Horse Wrangler’s Show will be held Saturday and Sunday (July 24-25). The All-Pleasure show begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and will have 32 events. The All-Game Show starts at 8 a.m. Sunday and will include 29 events.
  • Saturday, July 24 will be Military Day. Admission will be free for anyone showing military identification, their spouses and children 17 years old or younger. A program will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday and will include 29 events.
  • The Collector Car & Truck Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24 at the west end of the Fairgrounds near Machinery Hill. The event is free to spectators. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with awards handed out to the top 20 vehicles (as voted by the owners). The first 100 show vehicles will get dash plaques. The event is hosted by the Wright County Car Club.
  • The annual Boy Scout Pinewood Derby and Tractor Race will take place at noon Saturday, July 24 and young fairgoers are encouraged to construct a racing Pinewood Derby car or tractor on any day of the Fair to compete in Saturday’s race. It can be found at the Boy Scout Booth on Machinery Hill.
  • At 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, the Mutton Bustin’ Competition, hosted by OutWest Inc., will take place. Kids ages 6-8 will take part in a sheep riding competition and are encouraged wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. The event is free and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the white booth of the practice arena and will be limited to 20 entries. Helmets and protective vests will be provided.
  • Central Minnesota Jobs & Training and KRWC-Radio will have a live broadcast from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24 in the Hoop Building – a program called “Work Wright at the Fair.” The program will promote jobs, careers and advancement opportunities with employers in Wright County. Up to 30 booths will set up to increase public awareness of these local companies.
  • At 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24 there will be Ultimate Truck Series mud racing. General admission is $10, with children 12 and under paying $5. Pit passes at the pit gate are $20.
  • The Diaper Derby will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24 in front of the Old School House. The Baby Crawl will be in two divisions – 0-10 months and 11-15 months. The Toddler Trot will be broken into two divisions for walking babies – 9-15 months and 16-24 months. Sign-up begins at 2:45 p.m. and prizes will be awarded.
  • The Kids Tractor Pedal Pull will be held Saturday, July 24 – registration begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Fair Office with a 4 p.m. start time. The contest is for children ages 4-11. All equipment, including pedal tractors, will be provided. The event is free for all participants. Trophies (provided by the Wright County Farm Bureau) will be awarded in each age group.
  • The Tractor and Truck Pull Grandstand Show will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 24. General admission is $10 and $5 for children age 12 and under. There will be 15 different classes represented. Wrist bands allow re-entry into the show through its duration. Registration fee to participate is $25 per hook before July 14 and $35 after July 14.
  • At 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, there will be a Youth Ranch Sorting event. The event is open to riders who are 2021 high school graduates or younger and is sponsored by OutWest Inc. In this timed event, two youths cut cattle in numbered order from the herd and drive them into an adjoining pen. The event is free and will take place at the horse arena next to the horse barn.
  • The Annual 4-H Blue Ribbon Auction will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24 in the 4-H Dairy Arena, with Joe Ergen and Fred Walz of Clearwater serving as auctioneers.
  • Fireworks will be held after dark Saturday, July 24 in front of the grandstand/pit area. 
  • The Motorcycle Show (Classics & Customs) will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 25 and free to spectators with paid admission. On Saturday, Aug. 7, the Clearwater Legion Riders Post 323 will be hosting a Homeless Vets Run.
  • At 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25, the Clown Arounds of Wright County will have a performance, as well as staff from the Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp – the longest running clown school in the country. The show will be on the Free Stage.

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