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Best Kept Secret: Fillmore County Fair

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

By Kathy Tesmer

Change is in the air along with the smell of corn dogs and successful work well done. The fair is only a week away and time is running out to get all those entries done.

This year proves to be an exciting time of change at the fair. Things are not only going to be different, but look different. The fairboard has been working hard to improve the grounds. New this year, because of an increase in the number of animals to be housed in the big barn, the old beer garden has been refurbished into the Goat House. Pens have been added and curtains hung for rain and shade. Looks great all fresh and new. Can’t wait to see it full of projects.

In looking for a place to go we realized we had the old Dairy Barn that was only used as a garage during the fair. So with saws, hammers, paint, and a lot of muscle we have turned in into a new, bigger and better Beer Barn. We did leave some of the old tie board so you can sit around and remember your old fair days and share a few of those great old stories. Stop in and enjoy the nightly free music. Wednesday - Doug Otto and the Get Aways, Thursday - Trouble Shooter, Friday - Rhino (if your a percussion person they have a great drum routine), and Saturday - Dirt Road Prophets. Because of the location we can now take beer into the grandstand during certain events.There shoud be something for everybody.

Look at all the 4-H and Open class projects,commercial exhibits, and enjoy a snack in the 4-H Food Stand with the new ventilation system.

Heads up for the change. After many years the rodeo is on the move. We have changed the day with Bull Riding on Thursday, July 25 and the full Rodeo on Friday, July 26. The Demo is Saturday, July 27, as usual, but the time is earlier at 6 pm.

Time is getting short and things still need to be done, so if you are looking for a little evening fun, just stop down to the grounds or call. They will probably still be finishing up.

Oh yes, about the best kept secret, armbands. We have been selling early armbands, they are cheaper than at the fair and can be used on an armband day and time period of your choice. They are available at Preston Foods and the Extension office until Monday night, July 22, 2013.

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