County prepares for 99th annual Walsh County Fair in Park River
Large number of exhibitors expected
PARK RIVER – Preparations are gearing up for the 99th Annual Walsh County Fair to be held Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 19.
Many of the same activities the public has grown to know and love will be featured at this year’s fair. One notable exception this year will be the Bull-O-Rama event which won’t be held in 2013.
According to Walsh County Fair Manager Brad Brummond, it is the intent of the fair board to bring back the popular event in 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the fair.
He said with the high volume of participants and exhibitors, the fair will be a little more “fluid and flexible” this year. Not having to set up for the bull riding event Thursday evening will give more time for other events. Instead of the bull riding event, mutton busting will be extended to two hours on Thursday.
“This will be a test run into new territory,” Brummond said.
Wed., Oct. 17
Fair activities on Wednesday will include the entering of all open class and art and photography exhibits on the east side of the static building. Entries can be brought in from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The judging of 4-H entries and interview judging will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. as well on the other side of the static building.
Folks who have commercial booths will be able to set them up in the Chris Midgarden Arena Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tractor driving contest will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the main arena.
Thurs., Oct. 17
The static and main arena doors will open to the public Thursday beginning at 7:30 a.m. The judging of open class exhibits will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.
Horse show performance classes will be judged in the main arena from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., market livestock judging including hogs, steers, lambs and goats will be held in the main arena.
Horse speed events will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the outdoor arena if weather permits, otherwise they will be held in the main arena.
TC Hatter the clown will be on hand at CMA beginning at 12:30 p.m. He’ll perform for the crowd from 3-3:30 p.m.
Other events at CMA Thursday include the Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull from 12:45 to 3 p.m., and the 4-H rabbit and poultry judging beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday evening mutton busting will be the main attraction in the main arena from 6-8 p.m. Doors will close at 10 p.m.
A petting zoo will be open Thursday and Friday in the hog barn. Thursday’s hours will be from 12-7 p.m. Friday the petting zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 18
4-H activities scheduled for Friday include livestock judging, beginning at 8 a.m. in the main arena. The Youth Awards supper will be held at 4 p.m., and the Little International Showmanship finals will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Youth Day activities at CMA include rabbit races from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby from 1:30-3 p.m.; youth potato picking matches from 3-4 p.m.; adult potato picking matches from 4:30-6 p.m.; and the parent/child tricycle races from 6-7 p.m.
The “Overtones” musical group will perform at CMA from 7:30-9 p.m. The Overtones sing a variety of country, old time gospel and southern gospel music.
Kids inflatable games and the mechanical bull will be set up in the main arena from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bessie Bingo will be held in the main arena beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday’s activities will conclude with the “Teen Dance in the Dirt” at the main arena from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sat., Oct. 19
The pre-sale breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 9 a.m., with the premium sale beginning at 9 a.m.
Release of exhibits will take place from 8:30-11 a.m.
Cleaning of the arena and barn will take place immediately following the premium sale.