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Nobles County marks 130th Fair this week

WORTHINGTON -- Blue skies and cooler temperatures will be welcome news for 4-H families and fair-goers this week, as the Nobles County Fair gets under way Thursday at the fairgrounds in Worthington.

Wednesday is entry day, with 4-H members bringing in their non-livestock projects for conference judging from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the same time, the Horticulture Building superintendents will be accepting open class entries in foods, fine arts, fancy work, fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers.

The open class division accepts items from people of all ages who may enter everything from their tallest corn stalk to their beautiful, hand-stitched quilts, prize-winning photographs and tantalizing baked goods.

On Thursday, the 4-H and open class buildings will open at 10 a.m. for people to see how their projects fared with the judges.

The first official day of the county fair promises to be a busy one, with livestock entry from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, and the dairy, rabbit and sheep shows all slated for the afternoon.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nobles County Environmental Services will offer a free nitrate water testing clinic in the Commercial Exhibit Building.

To participate, homeowners are asked to bring at least a one-half cup water sample in a clean plastic or glass container.

To get a good sample, allow the tap to run 5 to 10 minutes before filling the container.

Homeowners with distillation units, reverse osmosis or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples -- one before and one after the treatment process. Samples should be taken within 24 hours, then refrigerated, before bringing it to the testing clinic.

All samples should include the person's name, phone number and well identification number if more than one well is sampled.

Samples will be analyzed on the spot; it usually takes less than five minutes for results. For more information about the nitrate testing clinic, contact Wayne or Kathy at Nobles County Environmental Services, 295-5322.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, kids of all ages are invited to take a tractor ride around the dirt track oval on a brand new, auto-steer tractor courtesy of Jaycox Implement and Worthington Power and Equipment. Rides will be offered for $2, with all proceeds going to Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota.

On Friday evening, the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers will team up with the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen's Association to serve hamburgers and fresh-cut French fries fried in low-linolenic soy oil during the Family Fun Night in the Grandstand. The evening will include greased pig competitions, nickels in the haystacks, a round bale hay rolling contest and numerous other activities.

Rock-Nobles Cattlemen are also sponsoring barbecued ribs and entertainment in the beer garden on both Friday and Saturday nights.

A complete schedule of fair events is as follows:


8 to 11 a.m.: Entry of 4-H livestock

10 a.m.: 4-H buildings open

Noon: 4-H Dairy Show

Noon: Commercial Buildings Open

1:30 p.m.: 4-H Rabbit Show (Rabbit Bldg)

5 p.m.: 4-H Sheep Show followed by Open Class Sheep Show


8 a.m.: 4-H Swine Show

9 a.m.: 4-H Horse Show

10 a.m.: Commercial & 4-H exhibit buildings open

3-5 p.m.: 4-H Demonstrations in Benton Hall

3 p.m.: 4-H Cloverbud Pet Show in Olson Arena

3:30 p.m.: 4-H Pet Show in Olson Arena

4:30 p.m.: 4-H Goat show in Olson Arena

5 p.m.: 4-H Poultry Show (Poultry Bldg)

7 p.m.: Family Fun Night in the Grandstand.

Saturday (Kid's Day)

Two bikes to be given away on the Midway.

8 a.m.: 4-H Beef Show, Cow/Calf pairs

9 a.m.: 4-H Beef Show followed by Open Class Beef Show

10 a.m.: Commercial & 4-H exhibit bulidings open

3:30 p.m.: 4-H Ribbon Sale in Olson Arena

5 p.m.: Kid's Pedal Pull with trophies sponsored by the Worthington Optimist Club

5 p.m.: All 4-H'ers must accept or reject State Fair Trips as posted in the 4-H Fair Office

6 p.m.: Jr. Sheep Show

7 p.m.: Endurance Race in the Grandstand


9 a.m.: Worthington Saddle Club Horse Show

10 a.m.: Inspirational Service, Olson Arena

11:30 a.m.: State Fair meeting in Olson Arena for all General non-livestock State Fair exhibitors

Noon: Commercial and 4-H exhibit buildings open

12:30 p.m.: State Fair meeting in Olson Arena for all livestock State Fair exhibitors

Noon: Horseshoe tournament

3 p.m.: Premier Showmanship Contest

4 p.m.: 4-H market animal load-out

5 p.m.: All exhibits released

4:30 p.m.: Hot Laps-Grandstand

6 p.m.: Racing

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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