Fair begins this week: Aug. 8 – 11
By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Folks have been gearing up for the Morrison County Fair, some all year, some over the last several months.
The Morrison County Agricultural Society and others have put together four days of fun and constant activity for people of all ages and interests, beginning Thursday and running through Sunday, Aug. 11.
The Fair opens at noon Thursday, as 4-H’ers get ready for judging and vendors set up. That evening, the midway provided by Crescent City Amusement, opens at 6 p.m. with popular rides and games of skill and chance. Armbands for the rides are available for presale at Coborn’s in Little Falls.
A special deal for those who love the rides, is that anyone who brings three items of food for the food shelf to the midway Thursday night from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. can purchase three armbands for $30, an offer good only at the midway.
The “Tuff Truck and Car” competition starts the fair off right, when it begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Along the same lines, a 4×4 Truck and Tractor Pull begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11, a demolition derby begins at 2 p.m.
“The Octagon” will make its Morrison County Fair debut Friday night at 7 p.m., at the grandstand. It will feature local mixed martial arts wrestlers in some of the eight – 10 fights scheduled.
Also making a debut appearance will be “Maggie,” a full-size milking cow made of fiberglass. Maggie allows kids of all ages to “milk” her at her now-permanent home in the Ag Learning Center.
A bike rodeo for kids runs from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Friday. The first 200 kids to register will receive a free bike helmet.
Senior citizens will be honored Friday during Senior Citizens Day. Morrison County’s Outstanding Senior Citizen will be chosen during an event hosted by Horizon Health from noon 2 p.m. in the building surrounded by garage doors.
Thanks to a grant, the Morrison County Agricultural Society is able to bring three new shows to the Fairgrounds — Comedian DonB, Paul Bunyan Loggin’, Legends and Lore and the Franny Farmer Show. All three shows are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, near the Pavilion.
The Historic Rural School House will be open for tours, with volunteers offering explanations.
Several demonstrations on antique engines will be given near Machinery Hill.
Morrison County Ag Society President Clint Kathrein said more food vendors will be at the Fair than in the past.
These are just a few of the activities at the Morrison County Fair in Little Falls. A special section is included with the Aug. 4 issue of the Morrison County Record, featuring different events and showcasing several exhibitors at the fair, as well as a listing of events.