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It’s that fair time of year

By Staff | Jul 17, 2009

A well-groomed animal is important when showing at the Emmet County Fair. All county 4-H members are gearing up for the annual event which starts Thursday, July 23. EDN file photo

Grab your cowboy boots and don’t forget to bring the dog along, it’s time for the 2009 Emmet County Fair!

During July 23-26 fair-goers can catch the fun and excitement of animal shows, tractor pulls, free food and a free concert.

Fair manager Betty Fiddler can’t stress enough how much there is to do at the fair.

“There’s something going on every hour of every day,” Fiddler said.

Thursday features the horse and sheep shows, a tractor pull, and the fashion show and queen contest.

During the intermission of the queen contest there will be a 4-H Green Man Group show. Watch out, there will be paint involved.

Friday features even more activities including the swine and poultry shows, pet show, beef showmanship, a free fair supper sponsored by Agri-Gold and Farm Bureau and music by the Cornerstone Band. There will also be a talent show and a roping contest.

TJ Party Rides will also be open to the public for $10 per day or $15 for two days. All of the rides are inflatable and include a 50-foot obstacle course, giant slide, bounce n’ slide, rock n’ roll joust, lion craze, inflatable basketball hoops, and an Equalizer where two people are on opposite ends tied to ropes pulling against each other trying to be the first to score a hoop.

Satuday’s events include a HUG Puppet show, Patin Dancers performance, a magic show, dog show and the coloring contest pictures are due.

The free Jarrod Niemann concert is at 7:30 p.m. Niemann is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tenn.

Niemann has written three songs for Garth Brooks, one of them being a No. 1 song, and other artists.

Fiddler said free popcorn and pop will be distributed during the concert.

Fiddler reminds everybody to “bring a lawn chair!”

Sunday wraps up the festivities with a 4-H Barnyard Rumble sponsored by 4-H County Council, an ATV pull, Cowchip Bingo sponsored by 4-H County Council, fair parade of champions and awards, county fair supper, and a teen dance by Kirk’s Custom DJ also sponsored by 4-H County Council. The dance is free and starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes until midnight.

Area 4-H clubs involved in the fair include the Center Champions, Ellsworth Ever Ready, Ellsworth Go-Getters, Emmet County High flyers, E’ville Experts, Happy Hoofbeats, High Lakers, Iowa Lake 4-H’ers, Jack Creek Feeders, Lincoln Handy Helpers and 12-Mile Lakers.

4-H leaders will also be doing the livestock judging, dog obedience00 and shooting sports.

During the fair on Friday-Sunday there will be two commercial buildings open to the public.

“I don’t think everybody in Estherville knows how much we have,” Fiddler said.

She also said there are things for people to do who aren’t in 4 H too.

“Come on out and look!” Fiddler added.