Posted 6/16/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
This year’s Divide County Fair, set to take place this Thursday evening through Sunday, has one big new event for each of the four days.
The beer garden has added a Thursday night magic show and a Sunday evening concert in addition to the Friday and Saturday night shows. Admission each night is free but limited to people age 21 and up.
Also new this year is a Friday night bull-a-rama, as well as a Saturday afternoon mud run.
“We wanted to try to find a variety of things for all ages,” Fair Board president Melissa Adams said. “We hope people will take notice of these events and come have a good time.”
The grandstand will feature a demolition derby Saturday night and the adult and youth ranch rodeos Sunday. Admission to each of those events and the bull-a-rama is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.
“We’re hoping the new events will also draw people into the old events this year,” Adams said. “Maybe you’ve been to the demo derby several times, but we want to make it worth coming back if you come to a few new things as well.”
Entrance into the fairgrounds is free of charge.
Daily features include the FFA, 4-H, school, homemaker and commercial exhibits on display.
Games Galore inflatables and the Young Guns Wild West Fun Park will be at the fairgrounds once again for the kids, open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Airbrush tattoos will also be available, another new addition.
Entertainment at the pavilion’s free stage throughout each afternoon will include Minneapolis magician Kevin Hall as well as a Young Guns stage show.
Food will be available all weekend from Bakke Concessions, Uno Mas of Noonan, Brake Check Chuckwagon of Larson and the Divide County High School Music Boosters.
The beer garden will be open all four evenings, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. A valid ID is necessary to enter.
Events begin Thursday evening with the Texas Hold ‘em play-in contest at 7 p.m. in the beer garden. Fairgoers can enter for the chance to earn a free seat in Friday’s main tournament.
The 4-H Club will also be on hand with its annual bake sale at 7:30 p.m. in the pavilion.
Hall will perform a magic show in the beer garden for ages 21 and up at 9 p.m.
“He calls it ‘Vegas Nights,’ and it’s more of an adult-based magic show,” Adams said. “That should be fun.”
The 4-H horse show is at 10 a.m. in the arena, while the kids’ fun park and inflatables open up at 1 p.m.
The Texas Hold ‘em tournament begins at 6 p.m. in the beer garden. This year’s tournament is only open to the first 50 players who sign up by calling 965-6603.
Beginning at the same time at the arena is the bull-a-rama show, by Abrahamson Rodeo Company of Berthold. The Minnesota band Smokehouse will play 8 p.m. to midnight in the beer garden.
Livestock show and judging starts Saturday at 9 a.m. in the arena.
The Main Street parade kicks off at noon at the high school; participation is open to anyone.
“You don’t have to pre-register at all,” Adams said. “If you have a float or business or anything and you want to be in the parade, come down to the high school parking lot between 10 a.m. and noon.”
This year’s grand marshal is Joyce Wolter in honor of her recent retirement from St. Luke’s Hospital.
The fair’s first-ever mud run is open to everyone from kindergarteners to adults. Registration is at 1 p.m. east of the grandstand, with racers stepping off at 1:30.
The 4-H and FFA’s livestock and labor auctions take place in the arena at 3:30 p.m.
At the barn, the FBLA’s annual “Bessie’s Business” cow-plop fundraiser starts at 4:30 p.m., with the kids’ “money in the straw” contest following at 5 p.m.
The demolition derby begins at 6 p.m. at the grandstand. More information about the derby is available from Rick Chaffee at 303-895-1434.
The second night of music in the beer garden will be by the Chris Jones Band, a country-rock group from Tennessee, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The morning starts with an ecumenical church service at 9:30 a.m. in the pavilion.
Returning for its third year is the youth ranch rodeo at 11 a.m. in the arena, with the adult ranch rodeo following at 3 p.m. More information is available from Aaron Jacobson at 965-6894.
Closing out the weekend, by the beer garden, are the annual steak fry, served at 6 p.m., and the Chris Jones Band, returning to perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.