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Murray County Fair is under way today

SLAYTON -- From free go-kart races to a backseat driver competition and Movin' Your Dairy'aire 5K Cowbell Run, the Murray County Fair is celebrating its agricultural roots in style this week with events for the whole family.

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Contestants take part in the backseat driver contest in this 2015 photo. (Special to the Daily Globe)

SLAYTON -- From free go-kart races to a backseat driver competition and Movin’ Your Dairy’aire 5K Cowbell Run, the Murray County Fair is celebrating its agricultural roots in style this week with events for the whole family.

The fair gets under way today with 4-H conference judging and entry of open class items, with the first of the livestock shows beginning at 11 a.m. A ’70s fashion show takes the stage this evening and grandstand entertainment is a tractor pull.

Numerous special events are planned throughout the week, with a backseat driver competition planned in the grandstand Thursday evening. In the contest, teams of two will compete to see who is best at giving directions to a blindfolded driver through a wacky course of orange cones. Murray County Community Relations Coordinator Christy Riley said there are still a couple of slots open for teams, and registration may be done by visiting murraycountyfair.com.

Earlier in the day Thursday, Stonegate Orchard is hosting an apple pie and apple crisp contest. The apple crisp contest is open to youths ages 8 to 16, with the apple pie contest open to adults. Bakers must have their entries to Heritage Hall by noon Thursday for judging. Following the 1 p.m. judging, apple pie and apple crisp with ice cream will be served for a small fee.

Those and other events are listed in the schedule below:

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Today 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: 4-H conference judging, 4-H Building
9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: open class entry, Fair Office
10 a.m.: 4-H Exhibit Building opens
11 a.m.: 4-H Rabbit Show
Noon to 9 p.m.: Commercial exhibit building opens
Noon to 7 p.m.: Museum buildings, log cabin open
2 p.m.: 4-H Goat Show, Olsen Arena
4 p.m.: Carnival rides open
4:30 p.m.: 4-H Fashion Review, Heritage Hall; Birds of Flight-101, under tent
5 p.m.: Beer garden opens, Heritage Hall
5 to 8 p.m.: Fair shuttle available
5 to 6 p.m.: “Hands On History” games and demonstrations, near Heritage Hall
5 to 7 p.m.: Fun food challenge, 4-H Building
6 p.m.: ’70s Fashion Show, under tent
6 to 7 p.m.:  Amateur radio demonstrations, near blue commercial building
7 p.m.: Tractor pull, Grandstands; beanbag tournament, beer garden; Bruce Dysthe, beer garden
7:30 p.m.: Kitchen fire demonstration, center of fairgrounds

Thursday 9 a.m.: 4-H Sheep Show/Lamb Lead, Olsen Arena
10 a.m.: 4-H Exhibit Building opens
Noon: 4-H Dairy Show, Olsen Arena; apple pie/crisp contest deadline, Heritage Hall
Noon to 9 p.m.: Commercial exhibit building open
Noon to 7 p.m.: Museum, log cabin open
1 p.m.: Apple pie/apple crisp judging, Heritage Hall
1 to 8 p.m.: Murray County Medical Center Blue Bus, near Grandstand
2 p.m.: Apple cider press demonstration, near log cabin; carnival opens
2 to 7 p.m.: Free laser gun simulator, Sheriff's Booth; free nitrate testing, Horticulture Building; Prairie Ecology Bus
4 to 8 p.m.: Amateur radio demonstrations, near blue commercial building
4:30 p.m.: 4-H Llama Show, Horse Arena
5 p.m.: Beer garden opens, Heritage Hall; Monroe Crossing under tent
6 to 9 p.m.: Fair shuttles available
5 to 6 p.m.:  “Hands On History” games and demonstrations, near Heritage Hall
6 p.m.: Century Farm program, under tent; Cloverbuds/4-H Pet Show, Olsen Arena; kitchen fire demonstration
6:30 p.m.: Open Class Pet Show for youths ages 18 and younger, Olsen Arena
7 p.m.: Monroe Crossing, under tent; Summer Fun Party, beer garden; beanbag tournament
7:30 p.m.: Backseat driver competition, Grandstand

Friday 9 a.m.. 4-H Beef Show, Olsen Arena
10 a.m.: 4-H exhibit building opens
Noon:  4-H Poultry Show, Hoop Barn
Noon to 7 p.m.: Museum, log cabin open
Noon to 9 p.m.: Commercial exhibit building open
12:30 p.m.: 4-H Fun Horse Show, Horse Arena
1:30 p.m.: Kids beanbag tournament
2 to 5:30 p.m.: Free laser gun simulator, Sheriff’s Booth
2 p.m.: Carnival opens
4 p.m.: 4-H Premier Showmanship, Olsen Arena
4 to 8 p.m.: Amateur radio demonstrations, near blue commercial building
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Live music by Jerry Buse, near Pork/Malt Stand
5 to 6 p.m.: “Hands On History” games and demonstrations, near Heritage Hall
5:30 p.m.: Kiddie tractor pull, near Heritage Hall
5:30 p.m.: Pork loin supper, near pork producers stand
5:30 p.m.: Painted Prairie Vineyard wine tasting, Heritage Hall
6 p.m.: Historical presentation, under tent
7 p.m.: Free watermelon; watermelon seed spitting contest, near tent
7 p.m.: Mylan Ray, beer garden; beanbag tournament, beer garden
7 to 7:30 p.m.: Kids Krazy Hands On Science, 4-H Building
7:30 p.m.: Stock car races, Grandstand

Saturday 8 a.m.: 5K Cowbell Run/Walk Event (registration at 7:15 a.m., front of courthouse)
10 a.m.: 4-H Ribbon Auction, Olsen Arena
10 a.m.: 4-H exhibit building opens
Noon: Carnival opens
Noon to 5 p.m.: Commercial exhibits, museum and log cabin open
1 p.m.: Prairie Days Parade, downtown Slayton
2 p.m.: Beer garden opens with happy hour from 4-5 p.m.
2 to 6 p.m.: Painted Prairie Vineyard serving wine
2 p.m.: Nobles Co-op Electric rib cook-off “best camp” contest begins
3 p.m.: Star Fire performs
5:30 p.m.: Nobles Co-op Electric rib cook-off

Related Topics: 4-H
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