Annual Anoka County Fair kicks off

The great get-together has come to town, opening July 23 and continuing though July 28 at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.

Concession stands attracted hungry Anoka County Fair crowds during dinner hour on opening day. Photos by Sue Austreng

Concession stands attracted hungry Anoka County Fair crowds during dinner hour on opening day. Photos by Sue Austreng

Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit buildings close at 10 p.m. each night and 9 p.m. Sunday. The carnival closes at 7 p.m. Sunday.

A fireworks display lights up the night tonight (Wednesday).

Admission (which includes grandstand activities) is $9 for adults; $4 for children ages seven through 12; and free for children six years old and younger.

On Senior Day (Wednesday) admission for seniors age 62 years and older is $4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Senior activities start at 9 a.m.

Grandstand

• Motocross, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

• Mutton Bustin,’ 5-6 p.m. Wednesday. Must be five-10 years old and weigh less than 75 pounds to participate.

• Great Frontier Bull Riding, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• NTPA Tractor Pull, 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

• Midwest Monster Motorsports, 6 p.m. Saturday. Monster truck rides, 1-5 p.m. and during intermission of the evening show; $5 per person

• Demolition Derby, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bandshell

Talent shows are in the Bandshell at the following times:

• Wednesday and Thursday. 4:30-6 p.m. (open class division).

• Friday. 4:30-6 p.m. (pre-teen and teen division).

• Saturday 1:30-3:30 p.m. (pre-teen and teen division).

• Saturday 3:45 p.m. talent show finals (all three divisions).

Evening Bandshell performances feature:

• Eagle River, 7-11 p.m. Tuesday.

• Georgia Clay, 7-11 p.m. Wednesday.

• GB Leighton, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday.

• Boogie Wonderland, 7-11 p.m. Friday.

• Shag 7-11 p.m., Saturday.

• Sherwin Linton 4-7 p.m., Sunday.

Beer Garden

• Andy Austin, solo acoustic performance, 7-11 p.m. Tuesday.

• Bill Koncar, strolling polka show, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.

• Whiskey Trick, acoustic duo, 7-11 p.m. Wednesday.

• Minnesota Timberwolves promotional appearance, 4-7 p.m. Thursday outside the Beer Garden.

• The Soup Bones, 7-11 p.m. Thursday.

• Snaggletoof, 7-11 p.m. Friday.

• The Law, 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

• Katie Ray, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Anoka County 4-H

4-H Family Fun Night is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the 4-H Exhibit Building and offers free hands-on youth activities. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in learning activities, crafts, face painting, wacky games and more.

The 4-H/Farm Bureau agriculture scavenger hunt is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in front of the red barn.

Other highlights include:

• Arts-In Youth performance, 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bandshell; 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the outdoor stage; 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the exhibit building; and 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday in the exhibit building.

• Fun Works, 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the exhibit building; cost is $1 for this creative arts event.

• Animal Science Showcase, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the white and red barns.

• Horse and Pony Show, 9 a.m. Thursday in the ring.

• Small Pet and Cat Show, 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the exhibit building.

• Dog Agility Show, 9 a.m. Friday in the ring.

• Fashion Show, 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Bandshell.

More fun

• Diaper Derby, 1 p.m. Sunday in the Bandshell.

• Big Wheel Contest, 11 a.m. Saturday. Big Wheels are provided for kids age three-five years old to ride. Winners get to keep a Big Wheel. Register one hour before the event at the old post office.

• Incredible Milking Cow Dani, an artificial cow that teaches the art of hands-on milking in the new red barn.

• Kids Coloring Contest located in the little red school house.

• Tommy’s Zoo and Stables located at the Old Farm Place.

• The Marionettes, a boatload of laughs with a colorful and comedic puppet spectacular.

• Saw Mill demonstrations daily.

• Kids woodworking projects Wednesday and Saturday.

Advanced ride vouchers are available at ABC Newspapers and at other locations throughout the county. See AnokaCountyFair.com for specific sites.

For more information about the Anoka County Fair, call 763-427-4070 or visit AnokaCountyFair.com or “like us” on Facebook.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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