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New features set for 2013 Nobles County Fair

D.J. Lambert races through the jumpers class with his dog, Wham, during the Regional 4-H Dog Show Monday morning at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. (JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE)1 / 7
JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Bryan Doeden and his dog, Raven, compete in the Jumpers class Monday morning during the 4-H Regional Dog Show at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.2 / 7
JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Mason Ellenbecker and his dog, Zoey, compete in the jumpers class during the Regional 4-H Dog Show Monday morning at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.3 / 7
JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Morgan Lindemann, of Beaver Creek, leads her dog, Molli, through the jumpers class Monday morning at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.4 / 7
JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE A 4-H'er and her dog run through the agility course Monday morning during the 4-H Regional Dog Show at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.5 / 7
JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Bailey Onken and her dog, Dixie, run through the agility course Monday morning during the Regional 4-H Dog Show at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.6 / 7
JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE Christian Weidert waits for his Havenese, Lizzy, to crawl out of a tunnel during the beginner agility class Monday morning in the Regional 4-H Dog Show at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.7 / 7

WORTHINGTON -- From livestock shows to Midway rides, musical entertainment and free food, the 2013 Nobles County Fair is sure to have something to appeal to everyone.

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The four-day fair officially begins Thursday with Senior Day and Boomer Nights in the Grandstand.

Organized by District 518 Community Education, Senior Day begins at 9 a.m., with the grandstand gates opening and numerous booths filled with information on everything from local businesses and agencies to service providers in the county. Musical entertainment begins at 10 a.m., with Maynard and Jeanene Townswick of Worthington performing on the accordion and keyboard, respectively. At 11 a.m. and noon, Kullpepper County will play traditional country music, with Lloyd Winter leading a gospel and patriotic sing-along at 1 p.m.

The grandstand will close at 2 p.m., with gates to reopen at 4:30 p.m. for Boomer Nights. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sean Benz and the Iowa Band will perform traditional country and early Rock-n-Roll hits. Joining Benz on stage will be Worthington's own Ken Clark.

From 7:30 to 9 p.m., Galaxy -- featuring keyboardist Glenn Henriksen -- will perform '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s rock 'n' roll hits.

"Throughout the day, we've received lots of great donations for goody bags," said Anne Foley, District 518 Community Education director. The bags will featured bottled water, reusable tote bags and other door prizes. Also, each bag will include a coupon for use at the FFA and 4-H food stands.

There is no gate fee for the musical entertainment in the grandstand, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by Sanford, Minnesota West, District 518 Community Education, the Daily Globe and the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee.

In Olson Arena Thursday, an added feature to the livestock shows is the Southwest District 4 Holstein show, which will follow the 4-H and open class shows.

Jan Weidert said an additional 75 to 100 dairy animals are anticipated to take up residence in the barns Thursday for the show. Dairy exhibitors and their animals will come from Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Pipestone, Murray and Cottonwood counties.

Saturday's Agriculture Appreciation Day at the fair is hoped to draw large crowds, with the Nobles County Farm Bureau sponsoring free pancakes by Chris' Cakes from 9 a.m. to noon in the blue building north of the Commercial building.

"We will have pancakes and sausage, and the local dairy association is providing us with real butter and milk for our pancakes," said Nobles County Farm Bureau President Tim Hansberger.

As people finish their meals, they are invited to participate in tours of the fairgrounds led by local 4-H'ers.

"They will give history of the fair and tour the animal barns," Hansberger said.

The Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers, pork producers and beef producers will also be on hand Saturday, offering tractor rides in the evening and preparing ribeye steaks and fresh-cut French fries as a Saturday night special in the 4-H and FFA food stands.

"We're just hoping that everyone comes out to the Nobles County Fair and enjoys some free pancakes and sees everything the fair has to offer," Hansberger said.

Also on Saturday, the Nobles County 4-H Ambassadors will lead a Passport to 4-H program to teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade about 4-H. Nobles County 4-H Program Coordinator Melissa Runck said there will be stations on healthy living, clowning, corn and soybean production, goats, dog, a dry ice science exhibit and a demonstration on sewing on a button.

"What we're trying to do is just promote more about 4-H, so kids can see that it isn't just about cookie baking and livestock," Runck said.

With sponsorships from the local corn and soybean growers, prizes will be awarded for those who complete their passport. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. under the canopy between Benton Hall and the 4-H Food stand.

A complete schedule of events follows:


9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Conference judging for all 4-H non-livestock exhibits.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Entry of Open Class exhibits including foods, fine arts, fancy work, fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers.

7 p.m.: National Truck Pullers Association Truck and Tractor Pull, grandstand


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

10 a.m.: 4-H Exhibit buildings open

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Senior Day activities

Noon: 4-H Dairy Show, followed by Open Class and Regional dairy shows.

Noon: Commercial Buildings open

1:30 p.m.: 4-H Rabbit Show

5 p.m.: 4-H Sheep Show

5:30 to 9 p.m.: Boomer Night, bands in the grandstand

7 p.m.: Fourth annual MK 5K Run and Family Fun Walk


8 a.m.: 4-H Swine Show

9 a.m.: 4-H Horse Show

10 a.m.: Commercial and 4-H buildings open

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

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

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

4:30 p.m.: 4-H Goat Show, Olson Arena

5 p.m.: 4-H Poultry Show, Poultry Building

5 p.m. to midnight: Beer garden open west of the Grandstand, serving ice cold beer, soda, smoked ribs and pork loin.


Two bikes to be given away on the Midway

8 a.m.: 4-H Beef Show

9 a.m. to noon: Free pancakes served by Chris' Cakes, with demonstrations/entertainment on the stage, Blue Commercial Building. Pancakes sponsored by Nobles County Farm Bureau.

9 a.m.: Commercial and 4-H exhibit buildings open

Noon: Free Watermelon Feed, sponsored by Worthington Chamber Agribusiness Committee, in front of the grandstand.

1 to 3 p.m.: Passport to 4-H for children ages 5 to just completed fifth grade. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. between Benton Hall and the 4-H Food Stand.

2-3:45 p.m.: Registration/check-in for 4-H Ribbon Sale

4 p.m.: 4-H Ribbon Sale

4 to 6 p.m.: Zoo Express, sponsored by Sanford Health Systems

5 p.m.: Kids' Pedal Pull, sponsored by the Worthington Optimist Club

5 to 7 p.m.: Free tractor rides, west parking lot by Pioneer Village, sponsored by the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers.

5 to 7 p.m.: Ribeye steaks and fresh-cut French fries, served in the 4-H and FFA food stands, sponsored by the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers and the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen's Association.

5 p.m. to midnight: Beer garden open west of the Grandstand, serving ice cold beer, soda, smoked ribs and pork loin

7 p.m.: Enduro Race, grandstand. Gates open at 6 p.m.


9 a.m.: Worthington Saddle Club Horse Show

10 a.m.: Inspirational Service, Olson Arena

Noon: Commercial and 4-H exhibit buildings open

Noon: Horseshoe Tournament

3 p.m.: Premier Showmanship Contest

4 p.m.: 4-H Market Animal load-out

5 p.m.: All exhibits released

5:30 p.m.: Hot Laps at 4:30 p.m., in conjunction with Rapid Speedway, featuring stocks, hobbies, B. mods, sportsmen and micro sprints. Gates open at 4 p.m.

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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