By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The Fair Board for the Morrison County Fair in Little Falls is working hard to be ready by Thursday when the event opens at noon. Board members have put together many new activities for the 2012 event.
A favorite for all, Crescent City Amusements will again open its rides and games at the fairgrounds. The rides and booths will be open for business beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12.
Armbands are available for $18 at the fair and $15 at Coborn’s in Little Falls prior to Thursday. If three canned goods are brought for the local food shelves, those who wish may purchase three armbands for $30.
Events at the grandstand begin Wednesday, with a motocross at 7 p.m. A Tuff Truck and Car competition starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and the ever-popular Demolition Derby will be held Friday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. On Saturday, a 4 x 4 Truck and Tractor Pull begins at 1 p.m.
Friday is Senior Citizens’ Day. Bingo will be held at 1 p.m., a Smear card tournament at 12:30 p.m. and the Dine and Discover event sponsored by Horizon Health goes from noon – 2 p.m. During Dine and Discover, the Outstanding Senior Citizen will be named.
Bingo will also be played Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
MC Feud, brought back by popular demand, will be held Thursday and Friday at the VFW Building beer garden area beginning at 6:30 p.m. Twelve teams with up to five members each will attempt to answer questions about Morrison County. The top four teams will win prizes. Teams are still needed. To register, call Norma Hudson at (320) 632-1040.
Exclusive to Friday will also be donkey races in the horse arena at 6 p.m. For $50, one can pay to have their best friend, boss or worst enemy get on a donkey and ride to the finish line.
At least four heats are planned that include military personnel, politicians, celebrities and 4-H groups.
On Saturday, kids ages 3 – 11 may show off during the tractor pull. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the pull starts at 1:45 p.m. by the fair office.
On Machinery Hill, a wringer washer demonstration takes place Thursday at 1 p.m. and a log-sawing demonstration on Friday at 1 p.m. Old-fashioned ice cream will be made at 2 p.m. Saturday and a demonstration with shelling corn and grinding feed starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Also on Saturday, the Lone Eagle Auto Club will present a car show from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Music is always a hit with everyone. This year, the Fair Board has scheduled at the Pavilion the Leon Olson Band Thursday, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sue’s County Sunshine Band Friday, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. For the young adults, a country rock band, Sterns County 17, will play Saturday, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday, on the Pavilion Stage, Walter Monson Music will play from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The talent show will take place Friday at 7 p.m. The three categories include preteen, teen and open class. There will be one winner in each category who will go on to the Minnesota State Fair and compete Aug. 25. Call Sue Kliber at (320) 632-9758 by Friday to register.
4-H horse and rabbit show judging takes place Thursday and a 4-H barn dance begins at 7 p.m.
Open class milking, dairy, goat obstacle courses and livestock judging take place Friday. Open class horse shows and games, 4-H and open class dairy goats, 4-H poultry and premier showmanship will be Saturday.
On Sunday, judging in open class horses, the parade of champions, the general livestock show and the 4-H Fashion Review will be held.