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County Fair prepares for family fun

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With its wide variety of activities, food and performances, the 2013 St. Croix County Fair is set to embody its theme of family fun July 17-21.

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Glenwood City Mayor John Larson was scheduled to kicked off the opening ceremony Wednesday at the fairgrounds with a welcome message, followed by the raising of the American flag by Glenwood City Boy Scouts. After 4-H ambassadors raise their organization's flag, the St. Croix County Show Choir will finish off the ceremony by singing the National Anthem.

Having been a part of St. Croix County for more than a century, the fair has been called a summer tradition that is "relevant and thriving" by Fair Board President Gail Maier, who expects around 20,000-25,000 people to attend the five-day event.

Fairgoers can expect to see many fan favorites return, including the donkey races, Ozseeker the Clown, the carnival, the talent show and the Battle of the Bands, which will be Friday night's finale. Also returning is the much-anticipated ventriloquist James Wedgewood. A longtime hit at the fair, Wedgewood will put on two shows at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

To end Saturday's festivities, The Memories will perform at 8:15 p.m. at the Croix Court entertainment stage. Comprising Warren Petryk and Tim Stevens of Boyceville, the band has been performing at the fair for 26 years.

In addition to the numerous returning acts and events, the fair will intrigue attendees with a new dairy barn and garden tractor pull, as well as with the Home Free Acapella Singers, a never-before-seen vocal group at the fairgrounds. The five-man singing group will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, equipped with nothing but their voices.

With mud volleyball, a magic show or a raffle drawing, Maier said the fair has something for everyone.

"It cultivates curiosity, learning, creativity and leadership skills in our youth who participate," Maier said. "For the adults of St. Croix County, the fair provides a place to foster cultural and fine arts, serves as a place to display and share our heritage, and connect with others."

Wednesday

45 a.m. - Flag Raising and Opening Ceremony, Croix Court

11 a.m. - Open Class Entry Day Jr. Fair Conference Judging

5 p.m. - Education Dept. (School Exhibits)

6 p.m. - Junior Dog Show

6:30 p.m. - Horse Pull, Tiffany Creek Events Area

Thursday

1 p.m. - Carnival Open

1 p.m. - Walk Around Entertainment; Balloon Characters by Ozseeker The Clown 1-6 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - Antique and Garden Tractor Pull, Tiffany Creek Events Area

7 p.m. - Fairest of Fair Coronation, Croix Court

8 p.m. - Home Free Accapella Singers, Croix Court

Friday

Noon - Dance Explosion, Croix Court

1 p.m. - St. Croix Co. Outstanding Older Adult Award, Croix Court

1 p.m. - St. Croix County Sheriff's K-9 Demo Area in front of barns

1 p.m. - Carnival, Wristbands from 5-10 p.m. for $19

1 p.m. - Dress a Calf Contest, Area in front of barnsClown 1-6 p.m.

1 p.m. - Dress a Goat Contest, Area in front of barns

1:30 p.m. - Kiddie Tractor Pull, Area in front of barns

2 p.m. - Dance Explosion, Croix Court

3 p.m. - Ozseeker The Clown, Croix Court

4 p.m. - 4-H Style Review followed by 4-H Key Awards and Scholorships, Croix Court

4:30 p.m. - 4-H Show Choir, Croix Court

6 p.m. - Championship Pulling Series Tractor and Truck Pull, Tiffany Creek Events Area; $8 adult $3 child 6 and under free

7 p.m. - Battle of the Bands, Croix Court

Saturday

10 a.m. - Junior Drill Team, Horse Arena

10:30 a.m. - Junior Fair Horse Bowl, Horse Arena

Noon - James Wedgwood - Ventriloquist, Croix Court

Noon - Carnival, 12:30 -3:30 p.m. Wristbands $13

1 p.m. - Magic Village Show, Croix Court

1 p.m. - Walk Around Entertainment; Balloon Characters by Ozseeker The Clown 1-6 p.m.

1 p.m. - Junior Drill Team, Horse Arena

2 p.m. - James Wedgwood - Ventriloquist, Croix Court

2:30 p.m. - Donkey Races, Lower Horse Arena

3 p.m. - Magic Village Show, Croix Court

4 p.m.Draft Horse Hitch Show, Horse Arena; Schottler's Milk Buds will perform

4 p.m. - Ozseeker The Clown, Croix Court

5 p.m. - 4-H Show Choir, Croix Court

6 p.m. - 4x4 Mud Races, Tiffany Creek Events Area; $8 adult $3 child 6 & under free

6 p.m. - St. Croix County Sheriff's K-9 Demo, Area in front of barns

6:30 p.m. - 4-H/FFA Meet Animal Auction, Judging Arena

7 p.m. - Four Man Team Penning, Horse Arena

8:15 p.m. - The Memories, Croix Court

Sunday

9 a.m. - Church Service, Croix Court

10:30 a.m. - 4-H Music, Croix Court

11 a.m. - Living Memorial Award, Croix Court

11 a.m. - Mud Volleyball

11:15 a.m. - Ole and Elmer, Croix Court

Noon - Carnival, noon-4 p.m. $1.75 a ticket; One ticket per ride

12:15 p.m. - 4-H Show Choir, Croix Court

1 p.m. - Local Talent Show, Croix Court

3 p.m. - Friends of the Fairgrounds Raffle Drawing, Croix Court

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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