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Palo Alto County Fair Opens Thursday

Judging Exhibits Kicks Off Today

July 16, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

by Jane Whitmore

This is Palo Alto County Fair week. Pre-fair judging takes place today, Tuesday, for 4-H non-livestock exhibits. Also, open class photography and food exhibits will be judged.

Wednesday, the 4-H?Exhibits building will be closed to set up displays. Beef weigh-in is in the evening, and Open Class Garden exhibits will be accepted that evening and Thursday morning.

Chamber Coffee

Everyone is invited to the Chamber Coffee at the Exhibit's Building from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, hosted by the Palo Alto County Fair Board.

The 4-H?Exhibit's Building is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Commercial Exhibits Building, which includes the show area for Open Class contests, is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.


The Extension Council will host a barbecue Thursday with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Hawkette Dance Team BBQ is Friday with serving from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Palo Alto County Cattlemens BBQ is Saturday, with serving from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Fair Queen

The Clover Kid King and Queen Contest begins at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 18. During the program Thursday evening, the 4-H Hall of Fame inductee will be announced, and fair scholarship winners will be announced, along with special presentations and recognition.

At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Palo Alto County Fair Queen candidates will be introduced to the crowd. Awards will be presented for the 4-H?Style Show, County Council installation will be held, and Awards Program followed by 4-H?Share the Fun.

The 2019 Palo Alto County Fair Queen will be crowned at 8 p.m.

Just For Kids

Kid's Zone is each day, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., sponsored by Iowa Trust & Savings Bank. Kids are encouraged to take part in Kid's Zone Make &?Take at 11 a.m. each day on the fairgrounds.

Inflatables are just for kids. The Palo Alto County 4-H?Foundation is sponsoring Inflatables 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Face Painting and the Balloon Artist are at the fairgrounds Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. The Pedal Pull is Saturday at 1 p.m., sponsored by Daybreak Foods.

The annual Baby Crawl is Thursday at 6 p.m. Ag Olympics is Friday at 3 p.m. The Watermelon Eating Contest is Saturday at 3 p.m.

Back To School

The One Room School on the fairgrounds is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Special programs are Thursday at 1 p.m. the Soil and Water Conservation District presents a program on Pollinators. At 2 p.m. Naturalist Kaitlin Anderson from the Lost Island Nature Center will present a program.

4-Hers will give their Educational Presentations and Working Exhibits at the school house at noon Friday. At 2 p.m. Friday is Rural School Collections, and at 3 p.m. is AAUW presents Voices from the Past/Present, followed by Remembering Charley Naig presentation.

Fun at the Fair

Doc Ron's Weird Science Comedy Show is at 11 a.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Rondini's Magic and Illusion Show is at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Rondini's Magic of the Mind Hypnotist Show, sponsored by the Palo Alto County 4-H?Foundation, is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Arm Wrestling and Monster Arm Wrestling are on tap Friday at 4 p.m.

The Antique Tractor Parade is at 6 p.m. Friday.

Saturday features the Pet Show at 1:30 p.m. and a Bean Bag Tournament from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mutton Bustin and Tuff n Nuff Miniature Rodeo is Saturday evening.

The Premium Auction is the highlight of Sunday, the final day at the fair. The auction begins at 3 p.m.



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