Prepare for a hot time at the Pipestone County Fair
PIPESTONE -- With temperatures expected to hover in the high 80s and low 90s for the next few days, care is being taken at the Pipestone County Fair to remind exhibitors and fairgoers to keep themselves hydrated and help animals stay as cool as possible.
Pipestone County Fair Board President Skip Moeller said posters were being put up to remind people about the effects of high heat levels.
"It is always a concern," Moeller said. "It doesn't matter which county fair -- weather is always a big concern."
New ventilation in the horse barn is in place to increase air circulation and quality, and in the sheep barn new panels and pens have been installed to assist in air movement, Moeller said.
"It is just to help keep temperatures at a livable amount," he added. "They are typical routine fair maintenance upgrades."
In the show ring, which had been there for three years, the show area is 40 feet by 120 feet, with bleachers inside the building.
"It is a well ventilated area, with lots of air movement to keep spectators and exhibitors as comfortable as possible," Moeller stated.
The Pipestone County Fair starts today and the schedule is packed full of fun events, from an exotic pet exhibit to a truck and tractor pull.
Things kick off this morning with the 4-H swine show and horse show at 8 a.m. The day continues with beef and sheep weigh-ins, poultry shows and the pet shows. Exhibit judging will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Mr. Twister will have balloon creations and a show at 4 and 5 p.m. Clyde's Mechanical Bull will be tossing cowboys Wednesday through Friday in the afternoon and evenings.
At 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand the National Tractors Pullers Association Truck and Tractor Pull begins -- an event Moeller said is always well attended. The five classes include modifieds, two-wheel drives, pro stock tractors, super farm tractors and heavy super stock diesel tractors.
Tonight's events also include Dar's Pizza Night, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H stand.
"Dar's Pizza has been in this town for a very long time," Moeller stated. "Once you try it, you're hooked."
On Thursday, the show ring will be filled with dairy, sheep and hogs from FFA and 4-H. At 7 p.m. in the 4-H horse arena, any 4-H member is welcome to participate in the admission-free 4-H Ranch Rodeo. Contemporary Christian performer Mike Westendorf will have a free concert in front of the grandstand, beginning at 8 p.m. The Pipestone County Cattlemen's Association, from 5 to 7 p.m., features New York strip steaks with all the fixings.
Throughout the day Thursday and Friday are two events Moeller is happy to have returning to Pipestone County -- Jared Lynch's Amazing Zebra Show and Vogel's Exotic Petting Zoo. Admission to both is free, Moeller said. The petting zoo will feature animals from baby bison to little kangaroos, and the zebra show features a once-wild zebra that has been domesticated. Moeller said Lynch performed with the zebra last year, and the show was entertaining and educational.
Friday's daytime events include the showing of beef, rabbits and lambs. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Pipestone County Pork Producers will host a supreme pork chop feed under the big tent.
That evening in the grandstand, the demolition derby -- a definite crowd favorite -- will begin at 7:30 p.m.
"Right now there are 45 to 50 entries, with three classes," Moeller said. "Full-size weld, 80s and newer chain stock and compact full-weld."
During the day Saturday, the premier showmanship event begins at 9 a.m. and the ribbon auction starts at 1 p.m., as does the open-class draft horse driving show. The Pipestone County Fair Ranch Rodeo begins at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand.
"This is the one where the big boys play," Moeller stated.
Admission to the rodeo is free.