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Welcome to the Douglas County Fair Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Douglas County Fair. This year’s fair dates are August 16-19, and we promise that you will find new and hopefully exciting activities at this year’s fair. We will have more stage entertainment, more grandstand enter tainment , more Runestone Don Kleine Center events DC Fair President and new blacktop. There will be something for everyone: young, old and everyone in between. Come out and experience the fair foods, the open class and 4-H and FFA exhibits, DNR building, west side flea market, laser tag, lum-
berjack shows, lawn mower demo derby, daily and nightly entertainment, vendors, and two nights of demo derbies hosted by the Viking Speedway. The MCM carnival is back with great ride specials every day. If this isn’t enough, the Douglas County Agricultural Association is again giving away $250 per day each day of the fair. You must be present to win. Please visit our website for information on how to enter. Also check our website and Facebook page frequently for updates, announcements, specials, tickets and schedules. All of this is made possible with the help of our many sponsors. Please take time to thank them for their commitment to helping make our fair possible.
SEE YOU THERE AT THE FAIR!
Fair information.................................................................... 4 The Angen girls take the fair............................................. 6 Calling all Open Class contestants.................................. 8 Vendor information.............................................................. 8 4-H in Douglas County: dates to remember .................. 9 Faces behind the fair..........................................................10 Saturday night party...........................................................13 Fair schedule........................................................................14
PUBLISHER Jody Hanson
If you want to be a fair sponsor or be a Douglas County Agricultural Association member, please visit our fair office under the grandstand for more information. The Douglas County Agricultural Association very much appreciates each and every one of our sponsors. Thank you. So the tradition continues. Surely it will as long as we all work together to make sure we have the best fair we can. I know this certainly is the fair board’s passion and is the same for everyone who makes the Douglas County Fair a success. It is because of this passion and you, the fairgoer, that we have been recognized as west-central Minnesota’s mini state fair. We hope to see you at the fair. Welcome, everybody!
Hello, giant bottles..............................................................16 Music lineup.........................................................................17 Demonstrations in the Johnson Bulding........................18 Douglas County Princess Contest................................. 20 Douglas County’s Got Talent........................................... 20 First-ever Rube Goldberg competition..........................21 Lawn mower derby.............................................................21 By seniors for seniors....................................................... 22
EDITOR Lori Mork
SPECIAL SECTIONS CONTENT Karen Tolkkinen Publication of the Echo Press 225 7th Ave. East Alexandria, MN 56308 320.763.3133 www.echopress.com
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AUGUST 16-AUGUST 19, 2018 • GATES OPEN 8 A.M. DAILY
Daily: Adults $7 Children (0-12) FREE Season Gate Ticket: $21 Season Golden Ticket: $40. Includes season pass and season premium parking.
Automobiles and Trucks - FREE* *Parking is free in our main/west parking lot. Premium (paid) parking spots are available on the east side of the fairgrounds.
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The Angen girls take the fair By Karen Tolkkinen
If you have been to the Douglas County Fair and you haven’t met the Angen girls – well, what on earth is the matter with you? At the ages 91 and 84, sisters Vivian Godfrey and Doris Johnson – who are still known as the Angen girls – hit every day of the fair from Thursday through Sunday. They also tour every single building on the grounds. “I wrote down some of the things we love about the fair,” said Johnson, handing over a small notebook. The list covered three pages. It included paintings, flowers, lemonade, milkshakes, Oof Da Tacos, the grandstand, cheese curds, lefse, golf cart rides and place settings, for starters. Place settings, you ask?
While at the fair four years ago, the Angen girls came across one lonely table decorated for Christmas. It was the only entry in the place setting contest. It had no competition, but it still only won third place. “I still can’t believe that,” Godfrey confessed. After laughing about it with the third-place finisher (you get the feeling that, with the Angen girls, laughter is never far away), the sisters decided to enter their own place settings the following year. Now there are about eight competitors, they said, and there’s a passionate tussle for top honors. One competitor (not them) even uses a ruler. Godfrey lives in Alexandria and Johnson lives in Florida, but keeps a home in Alexandria and comes back every summer. Her delight at taking a blue ribbon in one place-setting contest crumbled to fear one year when someone told her the Fair Board was looking for her. Since she now lives
The Angen girls, as they continue to be known, display ribbons they have won in recent years. At left, Doris Johnson has won for table setting. Her sister Vivian Godfrey, right, has won for table setting and baking. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press) in Florida most of the year, this person told her, they were going to have to take away her ribbon. That meant Godfrey, her second-place rival, would get the blue. “It was like taking my heart,” Johnson said. The person then confessed they had been put up to it and it was just a joke. “The worst thing that anyone ever did at the fair,” Johnson calls it. The sisters have been going to the Douglas County Fair ever since they can remember. When they were children, they walked there
from their home on Hawthorne Street, each clutching a quarter. They went every day back then, too, and saved their quarter for the very last day. “Nobody worried about you,” Johnson recalled. “We were there all day long.” Over the years, they’ve seen changes. Corralling the food booths into Calorie Lane was a good move, they agreed. Moving the lefse into the little log building, not so much. Sisters Continues on page 7
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Doris Johnson holds a bag twin to one she carried herself to the Douglas County Fair when she was about 10 years old, 74 years ago. Her sister Vivian Godfrey, 91, looks on. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
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“You’re squished in there,” Johnson said. They have seen the demolition derby, but fail to understand its appeal. They enjoy watching the spelling bee, but vow they’d never take part. “My face would be beet red,” Godfrey said. “I couldn’t spell cat,” Johnson declared. They are both great fans of the pork chops, or as Johnson put it, “The best pork chops in the United States of America.” Because the pork chops are handed out on bread with only a napkin underneath, Godfrey brings extra plates and hands them out to those in line around them, to much appreciation. “Who can say, ‘What’s there to do at the fair?’” Johnson said. “We have the best time ever.”
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Calling all Open Class contestants! Open Class contests are open to anyone of any age who lives in Douglas County or neighboring counties. Categories include quilting, cooking, flowers, photography, woodwork and many more. Find categories in the
premium books available at local banks or the Douglas County Extension Service. DATES TO REMEMBER August 14: Open Class Entry Day, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. August 19: Open Class Released, 6 p.m.
SETUP: Tuesday, August 14, noon-5 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday, August 16, before 10 a.m. TEAR DOWN: Sunday, August 19, after 6 p.m. INSURANCE: Each vendor must provide proof of event liability insurance coverage. The DCAA does
provide affordable insurance options for those who lack this type of liability coverage. For more information on becoming a vendor at the 2018 Douglas County Fair, please contact Darla Engstrom at 1-866-656-FAIR or at Dengstrom@dcmnfair. com.
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in Douglas County 4‑H isn’t just about raising animals. 4‑H youth develop skills they use throughout their lifetime in a positive youth leadership environment. Douglas County 4‑H has 20 clubs with 428 members who bring their
best to share during the County Fair. Come on out to the fair and see what wonderful things can happen when youth are provided positive outlets for their energy and potential.
July 15 4-H Fair Registrations Due July 20 4-H Food Review/Demonstration Day July 31 4-H Clothing/Textiles Judging & Fashion Review 4-H Performing Arts Judging August 3 4-H Dog Show August 13 4-H Entry Day 1 - Non-perishables 4-H Pet Show 4-H Cat Show 4-H Animal Science Interviews
August 15 4-H Entry Day 2 - Perishables Animal Science Vet Checks 4-H Poultry Show August 16 4-H Goat Show-Dairy/Market 4-H Dairy Show 4-H Rabbit Show August 17 4-H General Livestock Show - Sheep/Beef/Swine August 18 4-H Market Livestock Auction August 19 4-H Round Robin Showmanship Contest 4-H Olympics
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Faces behind the fair Members of the Douglas County Agricultural Association pull it all together DON KLEINE
Occupation: Credit manager Position on the Fair Board: President Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects were woodworking and entomology How long on the Fair Board? 6 years How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? 25-plus Don Kleine Favorite fair food? Fair President French fries Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? Community involvement Responsible for? Vendors and communications How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? 14-18 hours a day
Occupation: Retired deputy sheriff Position on the Fair Board: Vice president Were you in 4-H as a kid? No How long on the Fair Board? 5 years How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? 36 years Favorite fair food? Foot long hot dog with fried onions, and brownies at the Lutheran Mission Center Brad Brejcha Why have you chosen Vice President to be on the fair board? I was involved with the fair as a deputy sheriff for 31 years. I enjoy the family atmosphere and wanted to continue to be a part of something so positive for the community. Responsible for? Assist with Overall operation of the fair and co-chair of the entertainment committee How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? Approximately 18 hours a day
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Kevin Brezina Treasurer
Occupation: Director of technology, Alexandria Public Schools Position on the Fair Board: Treasurer Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects were computer, tractors, shop, electric How long on the Fair Board? 5 years
Occupation: Retired Douglas County Commissioner Position on the Fair Board: On 4-H and DNR committees Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects were carpentry and beef cattle How long on the Fair Keith Englund Board? 9 months Member How many years have you attended the
How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? 48 Favorite fair food? Chocolate shake from 4-H food stand Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? To help ensure the fair keeps going for many more generations. Responsible for? Treasurer, anything technology related, Website How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? 25 hours a day
Douglas County Fair? 50 Favorite fair food? Corn dogs, smoked turkey drumsticks, cheese curds Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? I started as a County Commissioner liaison. My interest grew and I found I would like to be more involved. Responsible for? Help with 4-H and DNR areas. Lisa and I will be taking care of the soft drink and ice distributing to vendors. How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? Most of the days this year
Occupation: Agriculture sales/Alexandrina Vet Clinic Position on the Fair Board: Member Were you in 4-H as a ķid? No How long on the Fair Board? 7 years Jerry Peper How many years Member have you attended the
Douglas County Fair? Since my youth Favorite fair food? Corn dogs Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? To take an active role in helping promote agriculture in a positive light, and promoting wildlife Responsible for? 4-H/DNR How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. every day
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Occupation: Organizational development Position on the Fair Board: Member Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects included food and nutrition. How long on the Fair Board? 9 months How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? Lifer Favorite fair food? Lisa DeKrey Funnel cakes and Member French fries Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? Growing up on a dairy farm, I see the important role that agriculture plays in both our community and our fair. I love the fair because it’s rich in tradition, family values, and fun. Responsible for? I am on the Communications Committee. How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? I plan to be at the fair every day. Hope to see you there!
Joe Bryce Member
Occupation: Machinery scope Position on the Fair Board: Member Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects were beef, swine, sheep, general livestock judging How long on the Fair Board? First year
How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? 4 years Favorite fair food? Pork Chops Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? To give back to a program that benefited me Responsible for? 4-H How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? I have young kids with animal exhibits so I get to spend a lot of time at the fair
Occupation: Retired business owner Position on the Fair Board: Director Were you in 4-H as a kid? No How long on the Fair Board? 18 years Earl Anderson How many Member years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? 65+ years
Favorite fair food? Like to sample it all Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? As a lifelong resident of Douglas county and a Alexandria business owner, I wanted the tradition of the county fair to continue. Responsible for? Past president. Now I help wherever needed. How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? 12-plus hours a day
Darla Engstrom Member
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Melody Thoennes Secretary
Occupation: Buyer at Douglas Machine Position on the Fair Board: Director Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects included horse, cat, foods, veterinary science, photography, vegetable gardening, flower gardening, berries,
home environment How long on the Fair Board? 3 years
How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? 50+ Favorite fair food? It’s all good Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? To help the fair continue to grow in attendance and create an educational and entertaining experience. Responsible for? Vendor and Communication Committees How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? Many hours in August before the fair even starts and 16-plus hours a day during the fair.
Cindy Townsend Director Pete Fernholz Member
Occupation: Farm dairy and grain Position on the Fair Board: Member Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects were dairy and rabbits. How long on the Fair Board? 3 years
How many years have you attended the Douglas County Fair? Since I was 5 Favorite fair food? Gyros Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? To give 4-H a voice on the board Responsible for? Helping with 4-H, FFA, DNR How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? Quite a bit
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Occupation: Farmer, etc. Position on the Fair Board: Member Were you in 4-H as a kid? Yes. Projects were dairy animals, sheep and hogs How long on the Fair Board? 2 years How many years have you attended the Jerry Johnson Douglas County Fair? Member 60 years Favorite fair food? 4-H food Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? I have always liked the fair and would like to see it continue to be successful. Responsible for? Ticketing and parking How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? All day, every day
Occupation: Retired teacher Position on the Fair Board: Open Class director Were you in 4-H as a kid? No How long on the Fair Board? About 10 years How many years attending the Douglas County Fair? Probably about 40 years, plus Kathy Franson about 5 as a young girl Director Favorite fair food? Dumplings, homemade ice cream, Lions burgers. Why have you chosen to be on the fair board? Love the fair! Responsible for? School House activity planning, open class exhibits, meeting with superintendents of open class How much time do you spend at the fair while it’s going on? 24/7 for 4 days
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Don’t expect rumbling engines or billowing dust Saturday night during the Douglas County Fair. The fair has called off the weekly Viking Speedway race in favor of a party atmosphere where fairgoers can hear the music. Tripwire, a Fargo cover band, will take the Main Stage at 7 p.m., incorporating trampolines, choreographed moves and more than 10 instruments into its act. Their playlist veers wildly across genres, and includes the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley as well as Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift. They’ve also been known to dip into the “Beer Barrel Polka.” “The reaction seems to be an open mouth, ‘Really!?’” said drummer Mark Arneson. “We have had dancers, but mainly the song is over and we are back into the next one before people know what to do.”
The group formed in 2004 and picked up two consecutive awards during the shortlived North Dakota Music Awards, “Best Rock Cover Band” in 2015 and “Favorite Rock Band” in 2016. Members Arneson, Tim Melin, Lars Hegland, and Brandon Cummings all grew up in Minnesota, with Arneson the nearest, hailing from Fergus Falls. The fair board and the Viking Speedway board agreed last winter to shut down the Saturday night race during the fair, said race track secretary Michelle Miller. Instead, the track will run two demolition derbies, one on Friday and one on Sunday. “The fair board has decided to try something different and we’re OK with it,” she said. “We need the fair to grow.”
See you at the fair! August 16-19, 2018 Gates open at 8 a.m.
Livestock is the No. 1 customer of soybean meal, consuming 98% fo the soybean meal produced in the U.S.
Livestock is the No. 1 customer of corn, consuming just over 40% of the corn crop produced in the U.S.
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This year’s beef at the 4-H food stand will be provided by the Douglas County Corn & Soybean Growers and their checkoffs. “To promote and create opportunities for the profitability and sustainability of Douglas County Corn and Soybean Growers while promoting agriculture and enhancing our rural quality of life.”
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2018 Douglas County Fair Schedule THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Senior Day - Seniors age 65 and up receive reduced admission of $5 Windmill Project morning, 10 a.m.-noon. Families with special needs kids receive free rides. Free parking lot sponsor - Integrity Title 8 a.m. Gates Open 8 a.m. Dairy and Market Goat Judging, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 8 a.m.-10 p.m. West End Flea Market - new 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Laser Tag, Runestone Community Center 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Pioneer Power Club Antique Tractor Display, Heritage Square 9-10 a.m. KXRA Presents Open Line, 4-H Stage 9 a.m.-noon Compass/YMCA School Camp 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knitting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spinning Wool Demonstration, Heritage Square 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fish Education and Outdoor Education, DNR Building 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Heritage Food Demonstrations, Heritage Square 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Farm to Market Children’s Education, FFA Children’s Barnyard 10 a.m.-10 p.m.Master Gardeners Available, Johnson Building 11 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony in honor of Veterans, Heritage Stage 11 a.m. Beer Garden Opens 11 a.m. Dairy Show, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 11 a.m. Summer Squash: It’s Not Just Zucchini, Johnson Building 11 a.m.-noon Musical Chairs, 4-H Stage 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building Noon. Register for Senior Citizen Spelling Bee, Old Schoolhouse 12:30-1:30 p.m. Senior Citizen Spelling Bee, Old Schoolhouse 12:30-6 p.m. Chuck Wencil and Friends, Heritage Stage 2 p.m. Floral Demonstration, Johnson Building 2-3 p.m. Century Farms Recognition, Heritage Stage 2-3 p.m. Outstanding Senior Citizen Recognition, Heritage Stage 2-3 p.m. Minnow Races, 4-H stage 2-4 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building 2-6 p.m. Counted Cross Stitch Demonstration, Home Activities Building 2:30-5 p.m. Make It/Take It Project for Children and Grandparents, Old Schoolhouse 3 p.m. Rabbit Show, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 3-5 p.m. Yard Games, 4-H stage 4 p.m. Pickling or Fermenting Demonstration, Johnson Building 4-4:30 p.m. K-9 Demonstration, Public Safety Building 4:45 p.m. $250/Progressive Cash Giveaway, 4-H Stage 5 p.m. Kid’s Bike Giveaway! Heritage Stage 5-7 p.m. Felting and Wool Rug Hooking Demonstrations, Home Activities Building 5-9 p.m. Magel Carnival Unlimited Ride Wristband Session 6 p.m. Floral Demonstration, Johnson Building 7-9 p.m. Lawn Mower Demo Derby, Grandstand, Free 7-10:30 p.m. Kevin Klimek Group, Main Stage, Free
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Free parking lot sponsor - Integrity Title; Daily sponsor - Bremer Bank 8 a.m. Gates open 8 a.m. Lamb Lead Judged, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 8 a.m.-10 p.m. West End Flea Market - new 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Laser Tag, Runestone Community Center 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Pioneer Power Club Antique Tractor Display, Heritage Square 9 a.m. General Livestock Judging, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 9 a.m.-3 p.m. County Fair Day Camp, 4-H Fair Day Camp 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Butterfly Hill Preschool Activities, Old Schoolhouse 14 Fair Essentials 2018 dcmnfair.com
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knitting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Model Railroad Display, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show, Runestone Community Center 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fish Education, Outdoor Education, DNR Building 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Heritage Food Demonstration, Heritage Square 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Farm to Market Children’s Education, FFA Children’s Barnyard 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Master Gardeners Available, Johnson Building 11 a.m. Beer Garden opens 11 a.m. Cole Crops Demonstration, Johnson Building 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building Noon-6 p.m. Counted Cross Stitch Demonstration, Home Activities Building 12:30 p.m. Chuck Wencil and Friends, Heritage Stage 1-3 p.m. Kids Construction, Old Schoolhouse 1-3 p.m. Seed Art with the Master Gardeners, Johnson Building 1-5 p.m. Magel Carnival Unlimited Ride Wristband Session 2 p.m. Blueberries Demonstration, Johnson Building 2-4 p.m. Wool Rug Hooking Demonstration, Home Activities Building 3-5 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building 4 p.m. Bees - Information, Johnson Building 4-4:30 p.m. K-9 Demonstration, Public Safety Building 4-6 p.m. Yard Games, 4-H Stage 5 p.m. Kids Bike Giveaway, Heritage Stage 5-7 p.m. Felting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 5-7 p.m. Wool Rug Hooking Demonstration, Home Activities Building 6 p.m. $250 Giveaway, 4-H Stage. 6 p.m. Pollinator Gardening, Johnson Building 6:45-9 p.m. Demolition Derby, Grandstand 7-7:30 p.m. Rube Goldberg Competition, Johnson Building 7-10:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment, Main Stage 9 p.m. 4-H Deadline to Confirm State Fair trips
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
Free parking lot sponsor - Integrity Title 8 a.m. Gates open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. West End Flea Market - new 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Laser Tag, Runestone Community Center 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Pioneer Power Club Antique Tractor Display, Heritage Square 9 a.m.-noon. 4-H Livestock Auction, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 10 a.m. Floral Demonstration, Johnson Building 10 a.m.-noon Book Giveaway, Old Schoolhouse 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knitting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Model Railroad Display, Heritage Square 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fish Education, Outdoor Education, DNR Building 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show, Runestone Community Center 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Farm to Market Children’s Education, FFA Children’s Barnyard 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Heritage Food Demonstration, Heritage Square 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Master Gardeners Available, Johnson Building 11 a.m. Beer Garden Opens 11 a.m. Floral Arranging, Johnson Building 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Vintage Car Club Display, Heritage Square 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pork Producers, Pork Chops Noon-6 p.m. Counted Cross Stitch Demonstration, Home Activities Building 12:30-2:30 p.m. Community Pre-school Activities, Old Schoolhouse 1-2:30 p.m. Hair Braiding, Old Schoolhouse 1-3 p.m. Douglas County’s Got Talent - State Fair Talent Competition 1-5 p.m. Magel Carnival Unlimited Ride Wristband Session 2 p.m. 4-H State Fair Meeting, Non-Livestock, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 2 p.m. Tomatoes for Salsa Demonstration, Johnson Building
10 a.m. Farm to Market Children’s Education, FFA Children’s Barnyard 11 a.m. Gospel Sing Along, Heritage Stage 11 a.m.-noon. 4-H Round Robin Showmanship 4-H Olympics, Erickson Pavilion Noon. Beer Garden Opens Noon-1:30 p.m. Kids Pedal Pull, Public Safety Building Noon-2 p.m. Book Giveaway, Old Schoolhouse Noon-3 p.m. Wool Rug Hooking Demonstration, Home Activities Building Noon-4 p.m. Counted Cross Stitch and Nail Binding Demonstrations, Home Activities Building Noon-4 p.m. Fish Education, DNR Building Noon-5 p.m. Outdoor Education, DNR Building Noon-5 p.m. Wood Carving, Heritage Square Noon-6 p.m. Antique Tractor Display, Heritage Square 1-3 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building 1-3 p.m. Douglas County Fair Princess Pageant 1-3 p.m. Horse Fun Show, Horse Arena and Crows Nest 1-3 p.m. Felting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 1-5 p.m. Magel Carnival Unlimited Ride Wristband Session 2 p.m. Wine Making, Johnson Building 2-3 p.m. Diaper Derby/Toddler Trot, Old Schoolhouse 2-4 p.m. Lego Building Contest, Old Schoolhouse 2-4 p.m. The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band, Main Stage 3 p.m. Demolition Derby No. 2, Grandstand 3-5 p.m. Yard Games, 4-H Stage 3:30-4 p.m. K-9 Demonstration, Public Safety Building 4 p.m. Premium Checks Released 4:30 p.m. Kid’s Bike Giveaway! Heritage Stage 5 p.m. Livestock Released 6 p.m. Exhibits Released 6 p.m. $250 Giveaway at the Main Stage 6 p.m. Flag Retirement, Heritage Stage 6-10 p.m. Magel Carnival Unlimited Ride Wristband Session 8 p.m. 4-H Exhibit Building Closes
2-3 p.m. Kids Turtle Racing, Public Safety Building 2-4 p.m. Holy Rocka Rollaz, Main Stage 2-4 p.m. Wool Rug Hooking Demonstration, Home Activities Building 3 p.m. Chahinkapa Zoo, 4-H Stage 3-4 p.m. Butter Carving Contest, Old Schoolhouse 3-4 p.m. Children’s Face Painting, Home Activities Building 3-5 p.m. Seed Art, Johnson BUilding 3-5 p.m. Yard Games, 4-H Stage 3:30 p.m. State Fair Meeting, Livestock, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 4 p.m. Cake Decorating, Johnson Building 4 p.m. Growing Raspberries, Johnson Building 4-6 p.m. All American Lumberjack Show, Grandstand 5 p.m. Kid’s Bike Giveaway! Heritage Stage 5-5:30 p.m. K-9 Demonstration, Public Safety Building 5-7 p.m. Felting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 5-7 p.m. Wool Rug Hooking Demonstration, Home Activities Building 6 p.m. Kids Cake Decorating, Johnson Building 6-9 p.m. 4-H Bean Bag Tournament, TA Dad Erickson Pavilion 7-10:30 p.m. Tripwire, Free, Main Stage 9 p.m. $250 Giveaway, Main Stage
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Military/Law Enforcement/Firefighters Day - Free Admission with ID Free parking lot sponsor - Integrity Title 8 a.m. Gates open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. West End Flea Market - new 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Laser Tag, Runestone Community Center 10-11 a.m. Non-denominational Church Service, Heritage Stage 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knitting Demonstration, Home Activities Building 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Heritage Food Demonstration, Heritage Square 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Master Gardeners Available, Johnson Building
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Hello, giant bottles Recycling comes to the fair By Alexis Habberstad Bottle, meet bottle. The thousands of fairgoers who pass through the Douglas County Fair generate mounds of garbage. This year, the fair board is launching a concerted effort to recycle part of that waste by supplying large bottle-shaped bins for drink bottles and cans and green bins for food waste near the 4-H building. Eventually, the food waste will become garden compost. Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management will coordinate the effort. “It’s all about how you set This year, the Douglas County Fair will offer two ways to recycle. Plastic bot- it up,” said Nathan Reinbold, tles and cans go into the big bottle-shaped bins, while food waste will go environmental coordinator of into the green bins. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press) Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management. “What we’ve found is if it looks like a garbage can, it’s going to get treated like a garbage can.” • Commercial The giant pop bottles have • Industrial been found to be effective, he • Residential & said. Farm Wiring Previous environmental co• Locate ordinators have tried to bring recycling to the fair, Reinbold & Repair said, but were stymied by Underground fairgoers throwing in garbage Wiring and other non-recyclable • Aerial Bucket items. Many large events shy LICENSED & BONDED • Trenching away from recycling because 614 Nokomis St., Alexandria organizers believe recycling
bins among large crowds are too easily contaminated, he said. Recycling companies will reject bins that contain too much garbage. “We’re just putting a little more dedicated effort to get the right containers into the right places,” said Steve Verchota, Pope/Douglas executive director. In addition to the Douglas County Fair, Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management has also worked on recycling this year with events like Awake the Lakes Ribfest, Osakis Festival, and Ripple. Prior to the fair, about 40 bottle bins will be placed throughout the fairgrounds near garbage cans, while 10 green food waste bins will be placed near the 4-H booths. “It’s all about trial and error. But if you set it up right and mark everything well, it does work. It’s really not too difficult, you just have to think about things differently,” Reinbold said. “You just have to use your resources wisely rather than just treat everything like garbage.” He added, “It’s weird how something like this takes a lot of effort, but once it’s there it can just be business as usual.” For more information on event recycling, visit popedouglasrecycle.com.
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Music lineup This year’s music acts include two familiar bands. The local Kevin Klimek Group will take the Main Stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Klimek has been performing professionally throughout the Midwest since 1965. His group includes Jim Faber on bass, Kevin Pearson on drums and Bob Wilken on keyboards. For this performance, local singer Missy Radermacher will join the band. The Kevin Klimek Group is known for its wide variety of music from classic country to blues, jazz and classic ‘60s and ‘70s rock. From 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, the Twin Cities band Holy Rocka Rollaz, no stranger to the Alexandria lakes area, will perform on the Main Stage. This band
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Demonstrations in the Johnson Building Have you ever wanted to learn to decorate a cake? To plant daffodils, tulips and other fall bulbs? To make wine? For the first time, fair organizers will bring experts into the Johnson Building to demonstrate foodand ga rd e n-re lated skills. “We hope it will increase attendance and increase entries into open class,” said Tri-
cia Oehlenschlager, one of those organizing the demonstrations. Open class refers to contests that are open to everybody, not just 4-H members. Topics will focus on horticulture, floriculture and foods. Throughout the four days of fair, experts will demonstrate pickling, decorating cakes and making wine. They’ll talk about raising summer squash other than green zucchini, transitioning a container garden from summer into fall, overwintering tropical plants and succulents, and how to plant bulbs. Demonstrations can give spectators the skills to launch their own effort at home.
“A lot of people would like to plant bulbs but they’re really not sure what to do,” Oehlenschlager said. There is even a cookie decorating event for kids. Master gardeners will talk about raising bees, and about gardening for pollinators. “We can make a difference by planting flowers and even vegetables that attract pollinators that we can do our part to keep them alive,”
Oehlenschlager said. “Every little bit helps.” A crew will install a rented stage and a sound system in the Johnson Building, and if the demonstrations prove to be a hit, a permanent stage may be installed next year, she said. The Johnson Building will still feature popular events from previous years, such as creating seed art and a floral arranging competition.
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Girls between the ages of 5 and 9 are eligible for the Douglas County Princess Pageant, now in its fourth year. The girls will be judged on the best dress, best private interview and the best onstage interview. They will practice for several hours starting two weeks before the pageant
learning how to walk on stage, wave and dance as a group. The pageant will take place on Sunday, August 19, at 1 p.m. The first 10 girls from central Minnesota to sign up with a sponsorship will compete. Sponsorships cost $75. There will be two alternate spots.
For more information, email Kabrezina@dcmnfair.com. It’s great fun for the girls as they make new friends while they practice together, share pizza and a pool party before the fair, and receive recognition at the fair.
Douglas County’s Got Talent! The fair’s annual contest is set for Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m. and is open to musical performances, storytelling or any other unique talent a competitor might bring. There will be competition for three classes: First class will consist of ages 12 and younger.
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Second class will be for ages 13 to 18. Third class will be open class for anyone wanted to show off their talent. The winner will be able to move on to the Minnesota State Fair for their talent competition.
Sign up now for a chance in the talent competition. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third places in each class. ($100, $75, $50) To register, visit www. dcmnfair.com and click on the Competitions & Contests tab.
First-ever Rube Goldberg competition Inventors and tinkerers will demonstrate their Rube Goldberg machines periodically during the fair’s first-ever Rube Goldberg competition. The machines will be on display in the Johnson Building, with judging and a public showcase event set for Friday, Aug. 17. Named after a mid-20th century cartoonist, Rube Goldberg machines use a
variety of everyday items to create a chain reaction to accomplish a simple task. In the contest, exhibitors not only employ physics and engineering, but humor and storytelling. Machines must be no larger than 6 feet by 6 feet by 6 feet. The top three finishers will earn cash prizes of $80-$100.
Lawn mower demo derby Riding lawn mowers will clash during the Thursday, Aug. 16, demolition derby at the Grandstand. It’ll run from 7-9 p.m. To enter, visit www. dcmnfair.com. Under the information tab, click on “Competitions and Contests,” and scroll down.
Derby contenders must be at least age 14. Those under age 18 must have parent/ guardian signed and notarized permission to participate. There is no entry fee, and prizes of $50-$300 go to the top six finishers.
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By seniors for seniors More for seniors at the fair than ever before
By Alexis Habberstad The senior scene at the Douglas County Fair will greatly expand this August, and the seniors are taking the reins. “This is the first time we’ve had a united effort to have a lot going on by seniors for everyone,” said Kathryn LeBrasseur, a former fair board member and current president of the County Committee on Aging. “In years past, generally everything in Heritage Square was just organized by the fair board. Seniors have always been a vital part of the fair, but this is
the first year that we have the seniors truly involved in presenting this heritage.” LeBrasseur, a fixture at the Alexandria Senior Community Center, has helped plan senior events in Heritage Square at the Douglas County Fair for the past four years. Heritage Square encompasses the Log Cabin, Old Schoolhouse and the small stage near the east entrance of the fairgrounds. Some of the square’s festivities that may be familiar to fairgoers include the Senior Spelling Bee, the Outstanding Senior Citizen and Century Farm recognition, and of course the ethnic food presentations that waft the smell of fresh rommegrot throughout the grounds. While these events still remain on the weekend’s roster, they will be
accompanied by a few additions. Thursday afternoon in the Johnson Building, seniors will be able to pick up brochures and talk with service providers about programs such as fuel and telephone support and how to get involved. “I believe county fairs are a great place for people to come together and get information, because it’s not like I’m going to go into an office and apply for something I don’t understand,” said LeBrasseur. “The afternoon will be a great chance for seniors to talk to service providers while admiring the music,
food and talent of their own age and sharing it with others.” In addition, area senior performers will take the small stage on Thursday and Friday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seniors can “sit and rest a spell and enjoy,” LeBrasseur said. LeBrasseur stressed that not only seniors are invited to these festivities, but fairgoers of all ages. “The Heritage Square is where ‘the things of old’ will be,” said LeBrasseur. “Be prepared for lots of things to taste and to view!”
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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Douglas County Fair. This year’s fair dates are August 16-19, and we promise that you will find new and h...
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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the Douglas County Fair. This year’s fair dates are August 16-19, and we promise that you will find new and h...