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Jackson County Fair slated to start today

JACKSON -- Jackson County's long tradition of livestock showmanship, creativity and hard work continues starting today at the Jackson County Fair.

"The county fair is an opportunity for our 4-H'ers to highlight the work that they've been doing for the past year," said Andrea Ruesch, Jackson County 4-H Program Coordinator. "There's a spirit of competition, a spirit of camaraderie and it's a great place to catch up with folks you might not have seen for a while."

New this year will be the free sweet corn feed starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, sponsored by the local Corn Cob Open committee and served at the 4-H food stand. Also new to the fair menu is the Philly cheese steak sandwich, offered at the 4-H food stand.

A series of events at the grandstand including concerts and a demolition derby will be complete with a competition of the Minnesota State Tractor Pull Association at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fairgoers may notice some expansions and improvements both in the shows and in the fairgrounds themselves.

The county's llama show, new last year, has expanded from one llama to three, and the 4-H horse barn has expanded to better accommodate the large number of horse entries Jackson County gets every year. The Lakefield Hunter 4-H club re-did the awards section in the Olson Pavilion, highlighting the past, present and future of Jackson County 4-H.

The county has a long tradition of livestock projects, with swine being the most popular category, though beef, sheep and goat projects are also well-received. The most popular general project areas are photography, creative arts and foods.

"There's something for everyone in the whole family at the Jackson County fair," Ruesch said.

Events scheduled include:

Today: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, open class entry; 1 to 4 p.m., enter and weigh for 4-H sheep, market goats and dairy goats; 2 to 6:30 p.m., 4-H Entry Day with judging of all 4-H general (non-livestock) exhibits; 3 to 7 p.m., enter and weigh for 4-H swine.

Wednesday: 7:30 to 10 a.m., enter and weigh for 4-H beef; 8 p.m., 4-H lamb lead and sheep show, Olson Pavilion; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., judging open class (building closed during judging); noon, all livestock in place; 1:30 p.m., 4-H market goat show, Olson Pavilion; 3 p.m., FFA sheep, beef and dairy shows; 4 p.m., 4-H rabbit show followed by open class rabbit show, Olson Pavilion; 5 p.m. to midnight, beer garden by Bridget Bucksnort's Brew Ha Ha and Grill; 6 p.m. until gone, free sweet corn feed, 4-H foodstand; 6:30 p.m., 4-H Winners Circle, Armory; 7 p.m., 4-H Fashion Revue, with refreshments, Armory; 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Conway & Company with special guests, live music; 9 p.m., teen event, Armory.

Thursday: 8 a.m., 4-H beef show and FCA Co-op calves, Olson Pavilion; 1 p.m., 4-H poultry show, followed by open class poultry show, Olson Pavilion; 4 p.m. until gone, free watermelon feed; 4 to 6 p.m., carnival wristband day; 5 p.m., 4-H cat and pet show, location to be announced; 5 p.m. to midnight, beer garden; 7 p.m. 4-H dairy and dairy goat show, Olson Pavilion; 7 p.m. Demolition Derby in front of the Grandstand; 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dock J and the Smith Brothers, live music.

Friday: 7:30 a.m., 4-H swine show, followed by FFA swine show, Olson Pavilion; 8 a.m., Jackson County Day Care Day; 11 a.m., Senior Citizens Day, free entertainment during the day; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free rolls at the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center; 3 p.m. 4-H horse show, Horse Arena; 4 to 6 p.m., carnival wristband day; 5 p.m., 4-H llama show, Olson Pavilion; 5 to 7:30 p.m., ribeye steak supper; 5 p.m. to midnight, beer garden; 8 p.m., Power Play Concert, Grandstand.

Saturday: 7 a.m. to noon, omelet fundraiser, 4-H food stand; 8:30 a.m., 4-H livestock premium auction and KWOA auction, Olson Pavilion; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., tractor and gas engine show; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Perry Allen Memorial Tractor Display Show; noon, 4-H Premier Showmanship Contest, Olson Pavilion; noon to 8 p.m., Prairie Ecology Bus on the fairgrounds; 12:30 p.m. go kart races, hot laps and registration; 1:30 p.m. Perry Allen Memorial Tractor Parade; 2 p.m., 4-H Cloverbud horse show, Horse Arena; 3 p.m. talent show, Olson Pavilion; 4 p.m., Jackson Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Anderson Building; 5 p.m. to midnight, geer garden; 5:30 p.m., Jackson County open class sheep show; 6:30, hot laps; 7 p.m. car races, fireworks to follow.

Sunday: 9 a.m. Saddle Club horse show; 9:30 a.m. recognition of Outstanding Senior Citizen, Century Farms and Farm Family for the Year, Olson Pavilion; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Perry Allen Memorial Tractor Display Show; 10:30 a.m. church program, Olson Pavilion; 11:30 a.m., 4-H General Encampment State Fair Meeting, Olson Pavilion; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pork Chop Dinner, 4-H Foodstand; noon, kids' pedal tractor pull; 12:30 p.m., 4-H livestock encampment state fair meeting, Olson Pavilion; 1:30 p.m., Tractor Pull, Grandstand; 3 p.m., 4-H Olympics, Olson Pavilion; 4:30 p.m., release of all exhibits, 4-H, open class and vendors.