By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — For just $1 per person, the Dunn County Fair will feature a variety of entertainment, from arts and crafts to tractor pulls, carnival rides to cotton candy, variety shows to horse shows.
The theme for this year’s fair is “Fan Fare — Celebrating Our Favorite Teams.”
The Dunn County Fair officially starts on Wednesday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. with judging in the youth and open class building with a variety of arts and crafts classes and closes Sunday, July 26, with “Last Blast” wrist bands for $16 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission to the Dunn County Fair is $1 per person and $2 per person after 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A season pass is $10. Parking is free.
The judging schedule continues on Wednesday with cultural arts for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. Cavies, small animals, veterinary science and Cloverbuds will be at 3 p.m.
The judging schedule on Thursday opens with the dairy, goats and rabbits show at 9 a.m., sheep at 2 p.m., and horseless horse at 4 p.m.
The swine and poultry shows begin at 9 a.m. Friday, and the beef show will be at 1 p.m.
Two horse shows will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Dunn County Fair carnival officially opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday with “Sneak-a-Peak” wristbands for $16 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Thursday is “Buck Day” with all rides $1 from 1 p.m. until closing.
Friday is “Wristband Mania” with $20 wristbands from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday is “Family Wristbands” for $20 per person from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The “Last Blast” wristbands will be $16 on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Unlimited ride passes also are available for the fair and can be used at all times that the rides are open.
The unlimited passes are $40 in advance and $60 at the ticket booth.
Call 715-232-4005 for advanced sales.
Credit cards are accepted, but advanced sales are non-refundable.
The free stage will feature a variety of entertainment this year beginning with the Wisconsin State Fair Talent Competition at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Talent Competition finals will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.
T. Texas Terry will entertain on the Free Stage Friday at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m.
The Free Stage will feature Six Appeal (an a Capella group) at 7 p.m and 9 p.m. Friday.
Terry DaVolt (Hilarious Hypnosis) will entertain at 2 p.m. Saturday and again at 4 p.m.
The Looney Lutherans (comedy and variety show) will be at the Free Stage at 7 p.m. and at 9 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, July 26, the Memories Gospel Show will be held at the Free Stage at 12 noon, and the Memories will perform again at 2:30 p.m.
Grandstand entertainment at the Dunn County Fair kicks off with the Farm Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Upper Midwest Sprint Car series will be held at the grandstand at 7 p.m. Thursday featuring Pure Stocks and Hornets.
Friday night’s grandstand will feature the Red Cedar Races at 7 p.m.
The National Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pull begins at the grandstand at 7 p.m. Saturday.
A demolition derby will be held at the grandstand at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Dunn County Fair small animal auction will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday in the small animal building and will feature rabbits and poultry.
The Meat Animal Auction will begin at 5 p.m. near the animal barns, west of the Commercial Building, and will feature beef cows, sheep and pigs.
The Commercial Building at the Dunn County Fair will officially open at 4 p.m. Wednesday with closing at 10 p.m.
The Commercial Building will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will close again at 10 p.m.
The Brighten the Day 5K will follow the talent competition on Wednesday.
An exotic animal show is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.
A Kiddy Tractor Pull is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
A 4-H Pie and Ice Cream Social will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Little Britches Showmanship show will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday as well.
The Dunn County 4-H Awards will be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.dunncountyfair.org.