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Jackson County Fair in full swing

JACKSON -- It is original, timeless and the butt of jokes, even as people gobble it down. In fact, more than 7 billion cans of Spam have been produced since it was introduced to the world in 1937.

To celebrate the unique meat in a can, Jackson County fairgoers are invited to bring their favorite Spam recipe to the open class building at 5 p.m. Friday for the Spam Cook-off. Entries must include a copy of the recipe, and there are prizes for the best dish, the most creative and the most unusual.

Hopefully, the judges are prepared for entries that qualify for the "most unusual" category.

Doug Johnson of KKOJ/KRAQ said the contest came about after he and another DJ were talking on the air.

"I love Spam," he admitted. "I would eat it three times a week if I could."

When Open Class organizer Nina Walter heard him talking about Spam on the air, she called him up with the cook-off idea and asked if he would like to be a judge.

He decided the radio station might as well sponsor the event.

"If people like it, we'll do it again," he said. "It's just a goofy idea, nothing serious. We're just going to have fun with it."

No pre-registration is necessary, and electric hook-ups are available for anyone who needs them to cook their Spam.

"We are calling it a BYOG, though -- Bring Your Own Grill," Johnson said.

The cook-off is one of many fun and exciting events at the Jackson County Fair. Supercharged lawn tractors, the thrill of a carnival ride, exhibits, animals and shows all come together to make the fair a great place to spend some time.

Highlights from the 144th annual Jackson County Fair include:


4-H sheep and lamb lead show, 4-H rabbit show, 8 a.m.

Open class judging, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Market goat show, 1:30 p.m.

Beer garden, 2 p.m. to midnight

FFA sheep, dairy and beef shows, 3 p.m.

Kids' pedal tractor pull. 5:30 p.m.

Free sweet corn at the 4-H foodstand, 6 p.m. until gone


4-H beef and co-op calf show, 8 a.m.

Prairie Ecology Bus, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4-H cat and pet show, 12:30 p.m.

Poultry show, 1 p.m.

Beer garden, 2 p.m. to midnight

Free watermelon at the 4-H foodstand, 4 p.m. until gone

4-H dairy goat and dairy show, 5:30 p.m.

Iron Horse playing at beer garden, 7 p.m.

Demolition derby, 7 p.m.


4-H swine show, 7:30 a.m.

4-H horse show, 9 a.m.

Free rolls at Senior Citizen Center, 11 a.m. 3 p.m.

Beer garden, 2 p.m. to midnight

Spam cook-off, 5 p.m.

All Star Sprint Car races, 6:30 p.m.


Omelet fundraiser, 7 a.m.

4-H livestock premium auction, 8:30 a.m.

Perry Allen/Bill Adlin Tractor Display, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4-H premier showmanship contest, noon

Go-kart races, 12:30 p.m.

Beer garden, 2 p.m. to midnight

Jackson Speedway Hall of Fame induction, 2:30 p.m.

Talent show, 3 p.m.

Ribeye steak supper, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. open class sheep show

4-H cat and pet parade, 7 p.m.

Johnny Holm Band, 8 p.m.


Saddle club horse show, 9 a.m.

Outstanding senior citizen, century farm and farm family of the year, 9:30 a.m.

Perry Allen/Bill Adlin Tractor Display, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Church service, 10:30 a.m.

Pork chop dinner at 4-H foodstand, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lawn mower races, noon

Release of exhibits, 4 p.m.