Best Bets: Fair week almost here in AustinPublished 12:01pm Friday, August 3, 2012
Cotton candy, fried everything — on a stick, the ferris wheel, the tilt-a-whirl, a 1,500 pound sow, horse riders, giant stuffed animals and destroyed vehicles. Of course, those are just a few of the highlights set for the coming week. So if you can’t handle the anticipation for the 128th Mower County Fair, take a break on Friday, for this:
1.) Cash on Delivery. Before all the fun at the fair, there are still two more showings of “Cash on Delivery” at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The British farce/scam gone wrong is $12 for adults and $8 for students 16 and younger at Riverland’s Frank W. Bridges Theatre, 1900 Eighth Ave. NW.
2.) Hold on. Thought the fair started Tuesday? Well, that’s mostly right, but action unofficially starts on Friday with a 4-H horse show, including performance and games at 9 a.m. in the horse arena at the fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW.
3.) Then it’s official, on Tuesday. The fair gates open each day — Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Gates are open til 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Though the grandstand is out of commission, enough bleachers have been hauled in to accommodate those who want to see Motokazie supercross, a demolition derby, figure-8 trailer races and more. Don’t forget to check out the array of 4-H projects and top-notch livestock, as well.
4.) For those who plan on being out as early as Tuesday, check out National Night Out, as well. The 4-8 p.m. event is held at Bandshell Park, Ninth Place SW, and features local law enforcement and emergency officials, demonstrations and is a chance to meet your neighbors.
Among all the organized chaos at the fair, there is nature photography at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center on Wednesday and Thursday and a Magic the Gathering Tournament at the Oak Park Mall. Soak it in; summer is almost over, folks.