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Country Nights & Carnival Lights: The St. Croix County Fair starts today!

LEADING THE St. Croix County Fair Tractor Caravan Saturday morning was event organizer Ken Maes on his John Deere 3020. The tractor caravan is an annual event that takes place on the Saturday prior to the beginning of the St. Croix County Fair. The tractors leave the fairgrounds and embark on a 26-mile tour of the eastern side of St. Croix County. —photo by Carole Schurtz

By LeAnn R. Ralph 

GLENWOOD CITY —  Under the theme of “Country Nights and Carnival Lights,” the St. Croix County Fair begins today, July 20, and runs through Sunday.

Admission to the fair is free. Daily parking passes are $8, while a four-day parking pass is $20.

The four-day parking pass can be purchased Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the fair office or at the gates.

The carnival is presented by Badgerland Midways and opens Thursday at 1 p.m. with Bargain Day at $2 per ticket.

The carnival opens at noon on Friday and Saturday, and will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring Dollar Holler at $1 per ticket.

Tickets for the carnival rides are $3 each or 20 tickets for $40.

A MEGAband is good for all days, any time, at $50 for advanced sales or $60 at the ticket booth.

Daily wristbands are good for one day only, any day, and are $25 for advanced sales or $30 at the ticket booth.

All rides at the carnival are one ticket per ride. 

The meat animal auction will be on Saturday in the indoor arena, with meat animal buyer registration at 5:45 p.m. The Meat Animal Quality Meats Auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The St. Croix County Fair began this morning at 10:45 a.m. with opening ceremonies and a raising of the flag.

While service animals are welcome, the St. Croix County Fair Association asks that you do not bring dogs or other pets onto the fairgrounds and also asks that you do not bring firearms or carry-ons.

GRAND CHAMPION — Eliana Matejcek (right) along with her dog “Nola” captured the Grand Champion award for beginner dog obedience at the 2022 St. Croix County Fair’s dog show which was held Saturday, July 16. Pictured with Matejcek and Nola is Rose Gillis, the current St. Croix County Fairest of the Fair.
—photo by Carole Schurtz

Daily events 

A wide variety of daily events will be available at the St. Croix County Fair.

A scavenger hunt and Croix the Cow Hunt activity will operate daily from the Open Class building.

The Fantasy Corral Petting Zoo will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pony rides will be available next to the Fantasy Corral Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

A tractor simulator will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Nick’s Kid Show & Barnyard Adventures will provide musical fun and entertainment for kids in Tent A. Three shows daily will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

TA-DA Strolling Mobile Robots will be on hand Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Pickles the Clown walk-around entertainment and balloon characters will be in Tent A Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mud volleyball is scheduled at 11 a.m. Sunday across the creek from the camping area. 

Croix Court

The 4-H Style Show will be held at Croix Court on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The Local Talent Show Competition will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. To pre-register, call Nancy Burman at 715-222-4244.

At noon on Friday at Croix Court will be the Unique Hat Contest, followed at 1 p.m. by ADRC and at 1:30 p.m., Zumba Gold with Michelle Calcagno.

Monty’s Traveling Reptile Show will be at Croix Court at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

A sheriff’s K-9 demo will take place in Tent A at 5 p.m. 

The Whitesidewalls Rock-n-Roll Review is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Croix Court.

Saturday at noon in Croix Court will be the Diaper Dash Contest and also the sheriff’s K-9 demonstration in Tent A.

David Malmberg Comedy and Ventriloquist will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by River City Cloggers at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Monty’s Traveling Reptile show will be at 5:30 p.m.

The Memories Musical Variety Show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in Croix Court. 

Sunday at 9 a.m. in Croix Court will be a church service with The Memories.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be the Salute to Veterans (veterans park free).

Ole & Elmer Musical Comedy Duo will perform at 11 a.m.

At 1 p.m. will be MOO (Marvelous Muffin Challenge).

The Fairest of the Fair coronation will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in Croix Court. 


Exhibitors can pick up their entry tags and all non-animal exhibits will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today (July 20).

The judging schedule will be noon to 7:30 p.m. for Junior Fair Conference judging. 

Animal exhibits will be accepted Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Judging begins Thursday at 9 a.m. for Open Class Home Furnishings Quilts and Open Class Foods and Flowers; and Education Department school exhibits.

Open Class Plant and Soil Science will be judged at 10 a.m.

Home and Community Education homemakers booths (HCE building) will be held at 12:50 p.m. Thursday.

Senior Citizens, Open Class Home Furnishings (non-quilts) and woodworking will be judged at 1 p.m.

Junior Fair Theaters Arts and Music will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Junior Fair sheep will be judged at 2 p.m. Thursday, and Little “Kids” Goat Show will be at 4:30 p.m.

Junior Fair Goats will be judged at 5 p.m. Thursday. 

The judging schedule continues on Friday at 8 a.m. with Junior Fair Beef.

The Junior Fair Horse Trail Class will be at 9 a.m.

Rabbits and Cavies (Junior Fair followed by Open Class) also will be held at 9 a.m. Friday.

A Little Hoppers Rabbit Show will follow the rabbit judging.

Also at 9 a.m. will be Open Class Antiques, Knitting and Crocheting and Cultural arts.

Open Class Natural Science judging will begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

L’il Cowpokes Cattle Show will be held at 11 a.m.

At noon on Friday, Junior Fair Swine will be followed by Alumni Swine Showmanship.

Open Class Clothing and the Junior Fair Gymkhana will be held at 1 p.m. Friday.

In front of the multi-species barn at 1 p.m. Friday will be the Dress a Calf Contest, and at 1:30 p.m., the Kiddie Tractor Pull.

The judging schedule on Saturday begins at 8 a.m. with Junior Fair Dressage (upper arena) followed by Hunter Jumper.

At 9 a.m. will be the Dairy Junior Cattle Show and Junior Fair Poultry.

The Dairy Senior Cattle Show will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Junior Fair Horse Pleasure Classes will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. 

At noon on Sunday will be the domestic exotic animals (alpacas).

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday all exhibits will be released. No early releases. 

Thursday entertainment 

Thursday evening events begin with a talent show at 6:30 p.m. in Croix Court. 

The Wisconsin Horse Pullers Association horse pull  featuring heavy and light classes will be at 7 p.m., with weigh-in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission for the horse pull is $5 plus parking. Children 12 and under are free.

Classes are 3200 pounds and Heavies.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Horse Pavilion, Poppa Bear Norton will be performing.

Tiffany Creek Events

Friday evening

The Glenwood City FFA Alumni Tractor and Truck Pull will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Tiffany Creek events area.

Admission for the tractor and truck pull will be $10 for adults, plus parking, and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children 6 and under are free.

Saturday evening

Midwest Motorsports Association 4×4 mud races will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Tiffany Creek events area.

Admission is $10 for adults, plus parking. Children 7 to 12 are $5, and children under 6 are free.

Registration starts at 3 p.m., and a drivers’ meeting will be held at 4:45 p.m.

The Horse Arena Beverage Pavilion 

Features music by Poppa Bear Norton on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., music will be by The Weekenders.

Muttin’ Bustin’ will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the outdoor horse arena next to the pavilion. Registration is at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday there will be a “Switcholio” bean bag tournament. Sign-up will be at noon with a 1 p.m. start. The cost is $20 per person.

Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the Weekenders will again be playing.

For more information on any of the events please visit or their facebook page. See the ad on the back of this week’s Tribune.

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