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From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels: 105th St. Croix County Fair starts next Wednesday

By LeAnn R. Ralph

GLENWOOD CITY  —  The 105th St. Croix County Fair will open Wednesday, July 15, and will run through Sunday, July 19.

The fair started as the Glenwood Inter-County Fair in 1910 and became the St. Croix County Fair a few decades later.

Festivities at the fairgrounds begin on Saturday, July 12, with the Junior Fair Fun Dog Show at 8:30 a.m., Junior Foods and Nutrition judging at 11 a.m. and Junior and Open Class Cat show at 3 p.m.

The Third Annual Tractor Caravan will leave the fairgrounds in Glenwood City on Sunday, July 13, at 10 a.m.

The official opening ceremonies for the St. Croix County Fair will begin at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Croix Court.

A daily parking pass is $7, and a four day parking pass is $15.

Admission is $5 for adults to the horse pull. Children 12 and under are free.

Admission to the truck and tractor pull and the 4×4 mud races is $8 for adults. Children seven to 12 are $3, and six and under are free.


The judging schedule begins Wednesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. with Open Class and Senior Citizen divisions. Junior Fair Conference Judging begins at noon and runs until 7:30 p.m. and includes  a wide variety of classes, including Animal Science, Clothing, Cultural Arts, Flowers and Houseplants, Knitting and Crocheting, Photography and Woodworking.

Thursday, July 16, Open Class judging begins at 8:30 a.m. with Home Furnishings and Quilts and will include Foods, Photography, Plant and Soil Science.

Junior Fair Theater Arts and Music will begin at 1 p.m.

At 4 p.m., judging of the junior fair sheep and goats will begin.

The Junior Fair Horse and English Hunter and Jumper division will begin at 6 p.m.

Friday the judging schedule continues with Youth Dressage at 8 a.m.

Junior Fair Swine judging starts at 8 a.m. as well.

The L’il Cowpokes Cattle Show begins at 10 a.m.

Junior Fair beef begins at noon.

The Junior Dairy show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Poultry starts at 9 a.m. Saturday as well.

The Little Britches Dairy Show starts at 12 noon Saturday, and the Senior Dairy Show begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The llama show will be held at 4 p.m.

Special events

The horse pull will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, with heavy and light classes and will be held in the Tiffany Creek events area.

Fairest of the Fair Coronation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Croix Court.

The Dweebs will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Croix Court on Thursday.

Friday, July 17, will feature a “Dress a Species” contest at 1:30 p.m. in front of the sheep barn, and a Kiddie Tractor Pull will be held at 1:30 p.m., also in front of the sheep barn.

In the Tiffany Creek events area, the Championship Pulling Series truck and tractor pull will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Whitesidewalls Rock n’ Roll Review begins at 7 p.m. in Croix Court on Friday.

Saturday, July 18, will feature the Everett Smithson Band “Music of the Mississippi” at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Croix Court.

The 4×4 mud races will be held in the Tiffany Creek event area at 6 p.m. Saturday. Payback is 100 percent.

Lizzy the Dream Girl (hypnotist) will be featured at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday at Croix Court, and the Memories Musical Variety Show starts at 8:15 p.m. This year marks the Memories’ 28th year at the St. Croix County Fair.

“Kids are People Too” will feature shows Friday at 11 a.m. at Croix Court and 11 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday, July 19, a non-denominational church service with the Memories starts at 9 a.m.

Ole and Elmer musical comedy begins at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

Mud volleyball will be featured at 11 a.m., and a talent show competition is scheduled for 1 p.m.


The midway will feature Earl’s Rides opening at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday is Bargain Night for the midway.

Friday the midway opens at 1 p.m., and wristbands will be $20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The midway opens Saturday at noon, with $15 wristbands from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday the midway is open from noon until 4 p.m. Tickets on Sunday will be three for $5, and all rides will be one ticket per ride.

Other entertainment will include Pickles the Clown as walk-around entertainment, the Fantasy Corral, a petting zoo and pony rides.


Meat animal buyer registration is set to start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

The Meat Animal Quality Meats Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Indoor Arena.

Horse arena

The Outdoor Horse Arena will feature a Junior Fair Trail Class at 8 a.m. Saturday.

An Open Class Draft Halter show will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A Cowboy Mounted Shooting Demonstration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and again at 3 p.m.

Draft Horse Hitch begins at 4 p.m., with Schlotter’s Milk Buds performing between hitch classes.

Team Penning is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

More info

The St. Croix County Fair features thousands of exhibits and events.

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The St. Croix County Fair committee reminds those coming to the fair that dogs are not allowed on the fairgrounds.

As per federal law, service animals are always welcome at the fairgrounds.

Firearms, carry-on alcoholic beverages and pets also are prohibited at the fairgrounds.