By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Under the theme of “Red, White and Blue. This Fair is for you,” the Dunn County Fair starts today (July 25) and runs through Sunday, through July 29.
Admission is $2 per person after 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and $1 the rest of the time. A season pass is $10. There is no charge for parking.
Free stage and grandstand entertainment is scheduled for all days of the fair along with daily carnival specials.
Judging of 4-H animal and arts and crafts exhibits started Tuesday with the dog show, cat show and aerospace, computers and mechanical science, and judging concludes with the Menomonie Saddle Club Horse Show on Sunday morning.
The commercial building opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the commercial building open at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., while on Sunday, the commercial building opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
The carnival opens at 5 p.m. today.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday will be a kiddy tractor pull.
At 11 a.m. Sunday will be the 4-H pie and ice cream social.
At 1 p.m. Sunday will be the Dunn County 4-H Awards.
Arts and crafts judging
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the Youth & Open Class Building is judging of youth exhibits in clothing, cultural arts, foods and nutrition, photography, electricity and woodworking, along with Open Class clothing, cultural arts, woodworking, photography and foods.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday is Open Class judging of plant and soil science, flowers and house plants, and natural sciences, along with exploring, education and school-related projects, 4-H club booths and self-determined projects.
Judging continues at 1 p.m. Wednesday with youth exhibits of crocheting, knitting, child development, and plant and soil sciences, natural sciences, crops, flowers, houseplants, communications and home furnishings, along with Open Class knitting and crocheting.
Judging of animal exhibits and shows began Tuesday with the dog show and cat show and continues on Wednesday at 3 p.m. with cavies, small animals and veterinary science as well as Cloverbuds.
The judging of animal exhibits continues at 9 a.m. Thursday with the dairy show, goat show and rabbit show.
At 11 a.m. Thursday is the exotic animal show, followed by the sheep show at 2 p.m.
Friday kicks off with the swine show and poultry show at 9 a.m.
The beef show on Friday is at 1 p.m.
The small animal auction will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, and the meat animal auction will be at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Little Britches Showmanship Show will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The gymkhana and gaming horse show will be at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Another horse show will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The Menomonie Saddle Club horse show is scheduled at 8 a.m. Sunday
The Dunn County Fair features daily carnival specials.
Unlimited wristbands at the fair to ride carnival rides all five days were $40 in advance and are $60 at the ticket booth.
Wednesday is “Sneak-A-Peak” at the carnival with wristbands 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $16.
Thursday is “Buck Day” when from 1 p.m. until closing all rides are $1.
From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday is “Wristband Mania” with wristbands at $20.
Saturday is “Family Day” with wristbands from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. for $20.
Sunday is “Last Blast” with wristbands from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $16.
A variety of entertainment will be available on the free stage for fairgoers of all ages.
At 6 p.m. Thursday is the Wisconsin State Fair talent competition.
At 6 p.m. Friday is the Wisconsin State Fair talent competition finals.
At 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday will be Kenny Ahern (“physical comedian”).
At 6:30 p.m. Friday will be Rich Schroeder, a local favorite.
At 9 p.m. Friday will Rural Route 5, a “rockin’” country band.
Free stage entertainment continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. with the Dollipops performing interactive children’s music.
At 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on the free stage Saturday will be The Sound Exchange, performing a cappella, hijinks and harmonies.
At noon on Sunday on the free stage will be The Memories Gospel Show.
At 2:30 p.m. Sunday is The Memories Variety Show.
Races, truck and tractor pulls and a demolition derby at the grandstand will round out the entertainment at the Dunn County Fair.
On Wednesday night at 7 p.m. will be the Dunn County Fair farm truck and tractor pull.
At 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the grandstand will be Fair Night at the Races with the Red Cedar Speedway Hornet Endro Special, Hornets, Xcel MCS Mini Mods and limited late models.
Friday night at 7 p.m. will again be Fair Night at the Races with the Red Cedar Speedway Mods, Super Stocks, Midwest Mods, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and NVSA Vintage.
At 7 p.m. Saturday evening will be the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) Regional and National Truck and Tractor Pull.
Sunday at 3 p.m. a demolition derby is scheduled at the grandstand.