Catch fair while you can

Published 10:18 am Friday, August 8, 2008

This weekend is the last opportunity to join the fun at the 2008 Mower County Fair.

When Sunday night arrived, the Tilt-o-Whirl will stop tilting, the Pronto Pups will go in the freezer, the Wonder Bars will be retired, the last dairy cow will be sent home.

The Mower County Fair ends Sunday, but the weekend has a lot in store for fair-goers.

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Tonight is tractor pull time. The pullers will hook up at 4:30 p.m. in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

This year, the Mower County Corn and Soybean Growers Association is offering cash prizes to the winners of a 10,500-pound class.

The daily parade takes place at 4:30 p.m., complete with a band.

Want something different? Visit the llama show, beginning at 6 p.m.

Extreme bull riding is the grandstand attraction at 7 p.m.

Wives: enter your husbands in the “Ring of Fire” contest.

On Saturday, the 2008 4-H Market Livestock Ribbon Auction begins 9 a.m. in Crane Pavilion.

It’s the largest single fundraiser for 4-H held during the year.

There will be a parade at 1 p.m. starting by the 4-H building and the amateur talent show starts that same time on the Fair Square stage.

The second demolition derby will excite the grandstands audience beginning at 7 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule includes the always popular Old-time Fiddlers Contest, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Fair Square stage.

Enterprise 4-H club will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in the 4-H building.

Current and former members and their families are invited.

Meanwhile, the third demolition derby of this year’s county fair roars off at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Then, Merriam’s Midway Shows and Attractions will be the place to be before the rides are shut down and the neon lights go dark.

Creative arts exhibits, horticulture displays, livestock and all the rest that makes up a “Fair-cation” will become a memory of the week that was in Austin.