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Have a Fair-y Tail Time: Dunn County Fair starts July 24

MENOMONIE — This year’s theme for the Dunn County Fair that starts Wednesday, July 24, is Have a Fair-y Tail Time.

 Admission to the fairgrounds is $1 per person and $2 after 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Calkins Midway opens at 5 p.m. today. Unlimited ride passes are $35 in advance or $50 at the ticket booth to ride unlimited during all open times.

Wednesday’s wristband special is “Sneak-A-Peek” from 5 to 10 p.m. for $16.

Thursday, July 25, is Buck Day from 1 p.m. to closing when all rides will be $1 each.

Friday, July 26, is Wristband Mania featuring wristbands from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $20.

Saturday, July 27, is Family Day with wristbands for $20 from noon to 11 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, is Last Blast with wristbands from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $16.

Each day of the fair, the Commercial Building opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., except for Sunday, when the Commercial Building closes at 5 p.m., and today, when the building opens at 4 p.m.

Kids’ Veggie Races will be held at 4 p.m. today.

Other miscellaneous events include the horse Trail Class show at 3 p.m. on Friday; a farmers’ market at noon today and at 8 a.m. on Saturday; a Kiddy Tractor Pull at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; a 4-H Pie and Ice Cream Social at 11 a.m. on Sunday; Little Britches Showmanship at noon on Sunday; and a Cricket Spitting contest at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Free stage

Entertainment at the Dunn County Fair Free Stage begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Menomonie Idol karaoke competition preliminaries.

Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. will be the Menomonie Idol karaoke competition finals.

Friday, July 26, the St. Croix County 4-H Show Choir will be performing at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Nicole Kottke will be performing on the Free Stage at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday. Kottke is a contemporary country music artist.

Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., In Capable Hands (Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw of Colfax) will be performing on the Free Stage.

Saturday evening, Tonic Sol-fa will perform at 7 p.m. and  9 p.m. on the Free Stage.

Sunday, July 28, the Free Stage will feature The Memories (Warren Petryk and Tim Stevens) performing a gospel show at 12 noon and a variety show at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, the Dunn County 4-H awards ceremony will held at 1 p.m. at the Free Stage.


The 4-H Small Animal Auction will be held, Saturday, July 27, at 3 p.m. in the small animal exhibit building on the west side of the fairgrounds.

The Meat Animal Auction will be held Saturday, July 27, at 5 p.m. outside the animal barns on the west side of the fairgrounds.


Grandstand entertainment at the Dunn County Fair will begin Wednesday evening with the Midwest Farmers Draft Horse Pull at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 25, the Dunn County Farm Truck and Tractor Pull will take place at the grandstand at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and children five and under are free.

Friday, July 26, will feature the Red Cedar Races at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Saturday, July 27, the MillerLite ProFab NTPA Regional National Event will be held at the grandstand at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children ten and under.

Sunday, July 28, will feature the Menomonie Lions Club Demolition Derby at the grandstand at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; children under 12 are $5; a pit pass is $10.

A lawn mower demo class begins at 12:30.