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New and old meet at ‘13 fair Alex Smith

Some changes and old favorites can be expected at this year’s Mower County fair. The fairground is sporting a new grandstand and pavilion, along with different events to take place in them. The Fair Square will hold many musical performances, including the Spamettes, Austin High Marching Band and “Elvis Rock & Roll Show” Hairball, a tribute band that covers hard rock and heavy metal music of the ‘80s, will make an appearance at the grandstand. Music groups haven’t played there in quite some time, according to Neal Anderson, fair board director.


Julia Cline enjoys a corndog with her sisters, Adi, left, and Grace, right, at the first night of the Mower County Fair last year. Herald file photo FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013


Come out to the 2013 fair We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the Mower County Fair, Aug. 6-11. The county fair gives every 4-H member the opportunity to showcase his or her accomplishment from the previous year. Throughout the week there will be numerous 4-H activities. Please note that our staff will be taking pictures of 4-H champions and reserve champions ribbon winners. The specific pictures will be available after the fair. During the fair, feel free to

take any pictures posted on our Facebook page. During the fair, there will be a list of current champions and reserve champions available in the 4H building at the 4-H fair office. We hope to see you at the fair!

Sharon Davis, region 4-H extension educator Kristin Spinler, 4-H program coordinator Katie Subra, 4-H summer intern

Virginia Bissen cuts the ribbon, officially opening the 2012 Mower County Fair at Fair Square. Bissen was the 2012 Fair Person of the Year. Herald file photo

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Kristin Spinler is the new head of the Austin 4-H chapter and will jump in head first with the Mower County Fair next wek. Eric Johnson/

4-H hires new program coordinator By Mark Mizrachi

fter three internships with 4-H and a major in agriculture education at South Dakota State University, Kristin Spinler’s hard work is finally paying off. Mower County 4-H appointed Spinler as its new program coordinator, and she started July 1. Spinler grew up in Medford, where she and her siblings helped raise livestock on her family farm. Spinler’s father took care of most of the agriculture, leaving the chores of poultry and livestock to her and her siblings. In high school, Spinler became highly involved with raising and exhibiting goats for structural efficiency and excessive muscle mass, an activity she continues today. According to Spinler, raising livestock on her family farm has influenced her throughout her life. “It showed me what an impact agriculture has on us,” she said. Spinler attended Medford High School and was highly involved with the extracurricular activities it had to offer. She joined



volleyball, basketball, track and field, band, choir, FFA and Student Council, while continuing her devout membership to the Steele County 4-H program. “I loved working with peers and younger youth,” she said. “It gave me great leadership opportunities.” Spinler’s passion for agriculture did not end with high school, however. She continued to involve herself with agricultural activities throughout college as well. She attended South Dakota State University, College of Agricultural and Biological Sciences. She became secretary of “Little International,” the largest student-run agriculture program on campus, and a member of “Sigma Alpha,” a sorority for women in agriculture. Spinler was also a member of the honorary society Alpha Zeta, a society for students in the agricultural and natural resource fields. Spinler wasted no time during her summers; she did internships with the 4-H branches in Waseca, Blue Earth and Mower County. She graduated in December 2012 with a major in agricultural education and a minor in animal science. After college, Spinler applied to become the new program coordinator of Mower

County’s 4-H. According to Spinler, someone brought it to her attention that the 4-H program coordinator of Mower County had just moved to another county, and the job sounded perfect for her. “I new the county, so I was interested in the job,” she said. The time to hire a new program coordinator was less than ideal, with the fair just one month away, but Spinler said she’s doing just

fine with the pressure. “I kind of just jumped in and started getting ready for the county fair,” she said. Now, Spinler is getting used to the new job, and she’s excited for future endeavors. “I hope to expand the 4-H after school programs ... and create more connections with business owners and organizations,” she said. “I want to build a strong connection with 4-H’ers and their families.”



Ready for a grand opening Fair ready to debut new fair grandstand By Alex Smith

The finishing touches are being added to the Grandstand as the new building nears completion just in time for the fair. "They are wrapping things up," Tony Bennett, Mower County commissioner said. Fencing, gates, and concrete work are some of the final details being worked on this week. Sound and lights are being tested Thursday. The Austin Fire Department demolished the old grandstand in a controlled burn in Feb., after a structural engineer deemed it unsafe because of dry rot that



was discovered in the wood base. The 1,500-seat grandstand is made of steel and aluminum. According to Bennett, the grandstand was expected to cost $750,000, but will come out under budget. The Hormel Foundation payed for $250,000 of the costs. "A facility this nice would not have been possible without their contribution," Bennett said. Construction is planned to be completed by the end of the week, so it will be ready to host a big line-up for the fair. "I'm excited to see the new building in place," Bennet said. "We're hoping to get many many years of use out of this."

ABOVE: A construction crew works on the awning of the new grandstands in July at the Mower County Fairgrounds. BELOW: A bulldozer moves ground in front of the grandstand as the new structure nears completion in mid-July. The grandstand will debut at the fair next week. Herald file photos


A look back at the old grandstands ABOVE: A Brownsdale firefighter keeps an eye on the burning west side of the Mower County Fairgrounds grandstand in February. BELOW: Fire spreads rapidly through the grandstand as firefighters demolish the structure with a controlled burn.

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Fair: Musical acts returning to grandstand From Page 1 “We haven’t had music in several years.” Anderson said. “It will hopefully provide something different.” Anderson said he expects attendance to be higher than normal because of the new grandstand. “It will hopefully offer a better experience for grandstand goers.” he said. Many of the fan favorites will be back at the grandstand as well, including the Motokazie Supercross and Demolition Derby. Free bikes will also be given out every night, just like previous years. The beer garden has changed it’s policy and will now allow people to take their drinks and walk around the grounds until 9 p.m. Merriam’s Midway will be back again for another year of fun and games. The only cost for admission is to the grandstand events. The opening ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Fair Square. “We’re excited to kick off the 2013 Mower County Fair” Anderson said. “We hope everybody comes out and has a good time.”

ABOVE: Grady Pyburn of Blooming Prairie takes an early lead in the 450C heat race during the Motokazie Supercross show at the Mower County Fair. RIGHT: Aiden Robor goes for a ride on Potato Head during the Great Frontier Bull Riding show. BELOW: Jay C. Hormel Nature Center executive director Larry Dolphin, right, talks with Wayne Ulrich during an informal Q and A at the DNR Building. Dolphin is holding the center’s education owl Gukaoo. Herald file photos




The sights of the Mower County Fair LEFT: Benjamin Miller, left, and brother Kenan wave to the rest of the family as they ride the ferris wheel with their mom, Stephanie Miller, all of Austin, at last year’s Mower County Fair. BOTTOM RIGHT: Morgan Klankowski, 5, feeds a pony while visiting the petting zoo with family at the Mower County Fair. BOTTOM LEFT: People pull up a seat at Herb & Mural’s for a snack or meal at the Mower County Fair. Herald file photos




TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Poultry Penned 4-H Rabbit Posters judging 9 a.m. 4-H Beef weigh-ins 9-11 a.m. 9-2:30 p.m. Midwest Steer and Heifer Weigh-Ins 4-H Rabbit Showmanship, Rabbit Barn 10 a.m. Children’s Farm Yard & Horticulture Buildings open 4-H Rabbit show, Rabbit Barn 11 a.m. All Exhibits and Concessions in place Noon FFA Agri-Science Judging 1-3 p.m. Livestock Hall of Fame Reception & Induction 2 p.m. Ceremony, Crane Pavilion FFA Sheep Show, Sheep Barn Demonstration Day, 4-H stage Beef Cook-off Contest, Crane Pavilion 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Horse Fun Show, Performance Classes, Horse arena 4:30 p.m. Parade on grounds 4:45-5:15 p.m. Judging of Beef Cook-off, Crane Pav. 5 p.m. Performing Arts 4-H stage 4-H Lamb Lead, Crane-North Arena Spamettes, Fair Square Bard Owl and Fox snake show, Game & Fish Building 5:30 p.m. 4-H Sheep Show, Crane-North Arena 6 p.m. Midwest Steer and Heifer Show, Crane Pavilion-South 7 p.m. MOTOKAZIE SUPER CROSS, Grandstand Opening Ceremony, Fair Square Pride of Mower Awards presentation, Fair Square Brad Boice Elvis at the Movies, Fair Square 8 p.m. 8 p.m TEEN NIGHT ON THE CARNIVAL $20 Wristbands 9 p.m. Sell Out Stereo, Beer Garden 9:30-11:30 p.m. TEEN DANCE, Fair Square 10 p.m. FIREWORKS 10 p.m. All exhibit buildings close

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

10 a.m. Noon

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4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

5:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m.

Open Class Rabbit Show, Rabbit Barn 4-H Swine Show, Barrows, Gilrs and Showmanship, Crane Pavilion FFA Children’s Farm Yard, Creative Arts & Horticulture Buildings open All Buildings and Exhibits open All FFA, Open Dairy and Beef must be in buildings Dunnell Lennort, Fair Square Tina & Lena, Fair Square Dunnell Lennort, Fair Square Tina & Lena, Fair Square Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50’s, Fair Square FFA Beef Show, Crane North Arena Parade on grounds Tina & Lena, Fair Square Open Class Beef Show, Crane Arena Bard Owl and Fox snake show, Game & Fish Building Drawing for Branson Trip, Fair Square Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50’s, Fair Square NTPA TRACTOR PULL, Grandstand Riptide, Fair Square Maiden Dixie Band, Beer Garden All exhibit buildings close

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 8 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.


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4-H Livestock Ribbon Auction, Buyers Breakfast MCF Truck and Tractor Pull Sign-up, Grandstand Free MCF Truck and Tractor Pull, Grandstand Mule & Donkey Show, Horse Arena 4-H Ribbon Auction, Crane Pavilion Open Sheep Show, Sheep Barn 10 a.m. FFA Children’s Farm Yard, Creative Arts & Horticulture Buildings open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meat Goat entries accepted Noon All Buildings and Exhibits open Noon-4 p.m. Classic Car Show 1-4 p.m. Amateur Talent Contest, Fair Square 1-5 p.m. $20 CARNIVAL WRISTBANDS 1 p.m. Parade on grounds Meat goat weigh-in 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging contests, Crane 2 p.m. Turkey Calling Contest, Game and Fish Bean Bag tournament, Beer Garden 3-5 p.m. 4-H State Fair Exhibitor Final Registration to 4-H 4 p.m. Austin Big Band, Fair Square 5 p.m. Meat Goat show, Crane Pavilion Draft Horses must be on grounds 4-H Supreme Champion Showmanship Contest 6 p.m. Draft Horse Show-Hitch Classes, Horse Arena 7 p.m. GREAT FRONTIER BULL RIDING, Grandstand 7-9 p.m. Brad Boice, Elvis Rock & Roll, Fair Square 8:30 p.m. Riptide, Fair Square 9 p.m. Chris Brooks and the Silver City Boys, Beer Garden 10 p.m. All Exhibit Buildings close


Light horse show, Horse arena 4-H Dairy Show, Crane Pavilion, North Arena 4-H Poultry Show, Poultry Barn 9 a.m. Creative Arts & Horticulture Buildings open 10 a.m. FFA Children’s Farm Yard opens Bubbles the Clown, Fair Square 11 a.m. 11-3 p.m. 4-H Rabbit Skillathon, Rabbit Barn All Buildings and Exhibits open Noon Noon - 2 p.m. Vehicle Fair, On grounds Open Class Poultry Show, Poultry Barn 1 p.m. 4-H Goat Show, Crane Pavilion KIDS DAY ON THE CARNIVAL $20 Wristbands 1-5 p.m. 2 p.m. Lyndon Peterson, Fair Square 4-H Cow-Calf followed by Cloverbuds and the 4-H Beef Show, Crane Pavilion Open Class Sheep Entries accepted 3-10 p.m. Parade on grounds 4:30 p.m. Austin High Jazz Band, Fair Square 5 p.m. Sacred Heart Jugglers, Fair Square 6 p.m. Who let the Momma’s Out, Fair Square 6:30 p.m. MASTERS OF DISASTER, DEMOLITION DERBY 7 p.m. Rabbits must be in place 8 p.m. FFA, Open Class Beef and Dairy may arrive 8-10 p.m. 4-H Horses released Brat Pack Radio Band, Beer Garden 9 p.m. All exhibit buildings close 10 p.m.


Open Class Dairy Show, Crane Pavilion, North 4-H Cat show, 4-H Garden FFA Children’s Farm Yard, Creative Arts & 10 a.m. Horticulture Buildings open 4-H Pet Show, 4-H Garden 4-H Dog Posters, 4-H Garden 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Midwest Hog show entries accepted All Buildings and Exhibits open Noon FFA Dairy Show, Crane Pavilion Noon-2 p.m. Midwest Market Hog Show weigh-in 1 p.m. Pig Dressing Contest, Crane Pavilion 2 p.m. 4-H Fashion Review, Fair Square 3 p.m. FFA Swine Show, Crane Pavilion 4-H Llama Show, Crane Arena Larry J, Fair Square 4:30 p.m. Parade on grounds 5 p.m. Midwest Market Hog Show, Crane Pavilion Austin High Marching Band, Fair Square 4-H Deadline to sign up for all State Fair Project Areas 5:01 p.m. Laser 101.7 Party, Beer Garden 6 p.m. Rush Hour, Fair Square 7 p.m. HAIRBALL, Grandstand Cowboy Mounted Shoot Out, Horse Arena 9 p.m. Seeds, Beer Garden 10 p.m. All exhibit buildings close

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 8:30 a.m. 10 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2-8 p.m. 3 p.m 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

4-H Dog Show Agility Class followed by Dog Obedience and Showmanship, Crane Pavilion Draft Horse Show-Halter & Cart classes, Crane FFA FFA Children’s Farm Yard, Creative Arts & Horticulture Buildings open Our Savior’s Lutheran Church service, Fair Square Ms. Jazee, Children’s Farmyard All Buildings and Exhibits open Alley Kats, Fair Square Parade on grounds 4-H Round-up Ice Cream Social MASTERS OF DISASTERS DEMO DERBY Los Gallos De Oro band, Beer Garden Kids Pedal Pull, street by 4-H Bean Bag tournament, Beer Garden $20 WRISTBANDS ON THE CARNIVAL Terry Schmidt, Classic Hits Piano Solo, Fair Square Livestock Released 4-H Swine load out All Exhibits Released 4-H Building Closes

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