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96th Annual Colfax Free Fair starts Thursday

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  — It’s fair time again …

The 96th Annual Colfax Free Fair starts Thursday (June 25) and runs through Sunday with free admission, free parking and free entertainment at the Colfax fairgrounds on East Railroad Avenue.

Once again, the Country Acres Petting Zoo will be back at the fairgrounds with a variety of animals that will appeal to both adults and youngsters.

The Colfax Free Fair will feature fireworks on Friday night at 10 p.m.

Judging schedule

The Colfax Free Fair kicks off Thursday with judging of the arts and crafts exhibits at 1 p.m.

Small animal judging also will start at 1 p.m. Thursday.

This year’s small animal judging will be limited only to rabbits. No poultry will be allowed on the fairgrounds.

According to Peggy Johnson, a member of the Colfax Fair Board, the poultry show has been canceled due to the Department of Agriculture’s ban on movement of poultry.

On Friday, the judging schedule begins at 9 a.m. with swine, followed by goats, followed by dairy, followed by beef, followed by sheep.

The FFA Alumni meat animal auction begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Open dairy

The Dunn County Dairy Open Show begins at noon on Saturday with the President’s Class.

The open show begins at 12:30 p.m., and milking time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Over the past several years, judges for the open dairy show have commented on the uniqueness of the venue for the Dunn County Dairy Open Show at the Colfax Free Fair, noting that there are few small-town fairs anymore.

Free stage

Free stage entertainment at the Colfax fair begins Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with music by Jordan Herrick.

Friday night will feature free Bingo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday night’s entertainment will feature music by Hickory from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Weather permitting, an awards ceremony for exhibitors at the fair will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday.

A non-denominational church service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Kiwanis chicken dinner will follow the church service.

Bean bags

Back by popular demand will be the Two-Man Bean Bag Tournament on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the beer garden.

The entry fee is $10, and the event features 100 percent payback.

To enter the tournament, e-mail: colfaxbeanbags@gmail.com

Beer garden

Entertainment at the American Legion beer garden will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday with a D.J.

On Friday, Radio Drive will perform from 8 p.m. until 12 midnight.

On Saturday, Bumblefist will perform from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Midway

Wristbands for the midway at the Colfax Free Fair will be $20 this year.

The midway opens Thursday at 4 p.m., with wristbands from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Friday, the midway opens at 3 p.m., with wristbands from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday the midway opens at 1 p.m., with wristbands from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the midway opens at noon, with wristbands from noon until 4 p.m.

Commercial building

Tom Dunbar, commercial building coordinator, reports that all spaces in the building have been rented out this year for the fair.

Returning to the commercial building will be the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group, the Colfax Rescue Squad, the Colfax Commercial Club, the Colfax Sportsmen’s Club, Ray’s Metal Works and Ann Polen Embroidery.

Other exhibitors will be set up in the building as well.