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Adding fresh events to a hometown tradition It’s that time of year again — county fair season. The 99th Annual Ramsey County Fair is coming up July 11-15, and this year Fair Manager Joe Fox is hoping for much less rain and much more fun for families. Fox has scheduled many classic Ramsey County Fair events, but this year he’s especially looking forward to some of the newer events, including the Agricadabra Magic Show that will run each night of the fair. “Agricadabra is new; they’ve never been here before,” Fox said. “It’s a show out of Indiana. They’re going to put on an educational program about agriculture and so on.” The show is not only educational, but it is fun for families, Fox said. Although

Agricadabra has never been on a Ramsey County Fair stage, the group performed at the Hennepin County Fair this year and Fox said he was impressed with what he saw. “It’s probably for more younger families but I’ve seen adults really clam onto it,” Fox said. “It’s a good show. They try to involve kids, but adults I think are entertained by the kids’ involvement with it.” Another somewhat new event will be Sunday afternoon’s car show put on by the North St. Paul History Cruzers. Since the fair hadn’t seen a vintage car show in several years, Fox said it was time to bring it back. The History Cruzers’ car show see Events on page 3

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Kids’ get-together Youngsters can get a look at Ramsey County’s farming past at the fair’s petting zoo — often on an eye-to-eye basis.

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is quite popular in North St. Paul, so it only seemed fitting to let them host the show at the fair. The White Bear Avenue parade will kick off the fair at 7 p.m. July 11 with an array of local marching bands, floats and entertainers. And of course the fair will feature a petting zoo and the annual talent contest. Fox said he expects many people to be looking forward to the nightly pig races that have been a huge hit in the past. The carnival area of the fair is also a big attraction. “Of course we have one of the best carnivals in the state,� Fox said. “We’ve got some good advanced ticket sales and specials every day for carnival rides.� Check out the full schedule of fair events at You’ll find your pick of exhibitors, great fair food and music. Other featured events include 4-H activities, a flower arrangers’ competition, Ozseeker the Clown and, of course, a kiddie tractor pull.

Fair admission is free and the grounds are located at 2020 White Bear Avenue in Maplewood.

Brighter skies for the future Last year’s fair didn’t bring in the number of people Fox would have liked, mostly due to the weather. In less than 18 hours during the fair, the area was soaked with six inches of rain. The fireworks were canceled on both Friday and Saturday. It’s Fox’s hope that this year Mother Nature will have mercy on fairgoers so Friday night’s fireworks display doesn’t need to be canceled yet again. Fox has been managing the Ramsey County Fair for 27 years, and he’s been on the board of directors since 1966. He said he’s not about to leave before next year’s 100th year of the fair. While he said he believes it’s time for new ideas, he hopes to stay on as fair manager through next year before throwing in the towel. “We’re on 99, and God willing we might make 100,� Fox joked.


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Splish splash Blow up an inflatable pool, add plenty of water, and the Maplewood Community Center has a parade-worthy float to advertise some of its most popular attractions -- and in the process cool down parade-watchers.

The perfect rose The fair’s competitions, from garden goods to crafts, photos and flowers, can be an inspiration to explore new interests.

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Rose Show

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Daily Highlights 4-H Activities Commercial Exhibitors & Food Vendors Challenges and Arts–In–Performances Farmer For a Day Activity Station & Petting Zoo Bingo & Beer & Pull Tabs Bungee Bounce & Rock Climbing Wall Agricadabra Magic Show Carnival Rides Pig Races

Wednesday, July 11 (5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.)

Friday, July 13 (

5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m

Fair Opens Agricadabra Magic Show Pig Races White Bear Avenue Parade In the Fields Band Agricadabra Magic Show Pig Races Buildings Close Fair Closes

Thursday, July 12 (5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.

Fair Opens Open to all Youth Pet Show Registration Pig Races 4-H Arts In Performances Barn Upstairs Mountain Ash Band Youth Pet Show Agricadabra Magic Show Amateur Flower Arrangers Competition Pig Races Bad Animals Band Agricadabra Magic Show Pig Races Buildings Close Fair Closes

Friday, July 13 (12:00 noon to midnight) 12:00 p.m. Noon - 5 p.m.

Fair Opens 4-H Activity tent open to all youth 12:30 p.m. Pig Races 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. July Fighter Band 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Ozseeker the Clown 1:00 p.m. Agricadabra Magic Show 3:00 p.m. Pig Races

5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m 6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p. 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 1 7:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Noon - 4 p.m. Noon - 5 p.m.

12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m 4:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, July 12 6:00 p.m. Mountain Ash Band 8:00 p.m. Bad Animals Band

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Rose Show Registration Fair Opens Consulting Rosarian for all of your rose questions 4-H Activity tent open to all youth Pig Races Agricadabra Magic Show Quilting Demonstration Ozseeker the Clown Zumba Fitness® Pig Races 4-H Fashion Show Barn Upstairs Agricadabra Magic Show 4-H Share the Fun Show Pig Races Hmong Culture Center Performance

Saturday, July 14 (12:00 noon to midnight) 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

4-H Arts In Performances Barn Upstairs 6:00 p.m. Agricadabra Magic Show 7:00 p.m. Pig Races 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Daisy Dillman Band 8:00 p.m. Agricadabra Magic Show 9:00 p.m. Pig Races 10:00 p.m. Buildings Close 12:00 a.m. Fair Closes

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12:30 - 4:00 p.m. July Fighter Band 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. Good For Garry Band

Sunday, July 15 (12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.) 11:00 a.m.

Vintage (‘64 & older) Car Show Registration Noon - 4 p.m. Vintage Car Show 12:30 p.m. Pig Races 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Ozseeker the Clown 1:00 p.m. Agricadabra Magic Show 1:00 p.m. 5 Star Dance 2:00 p.m. AR-Dale Square Dance Club 2:30 p.m. Senior Citizen Program 2:30 p.m. Pig Races 3:00 p.m. AR-Dale Square Dance audience participation 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. 4-H Arts In Performances -barn upstairs 3:00 p.m. Agricadabra Magic Show 4:30 p.m. Pig Races 5:00 p.m. Agricadabra Magic Show 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Amateur Talent Contest 6:30 p.m. Pig Races 8:00 p.m. Buildings Close 9:30 p.m. Fair Closes

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Moving music

Seeing stars

The parade’s many musical units are a special draw, whether you’ve got a friend in the tuba section or just love marching bands.

The Blue Star Moms -- and family members -- keep those serving in the military in mind with their parade unit.

The White Bear Avenue Parade: always a crowd pleaser This year’s White Bear Avenue Parade will look a lot like it has the last few years. But Lisa Theis, Community Organizer for the White Bear Avenue Business Association, said anyone who has been to the parade in years past knows that isn’t a bad thing. “There isn’t much new this year, but it’s never the same parade,” she said.

“People can expect a great time.” The parade will begin at 7 p.m. July 11. It should finish by 9 or 9:30, Theis said — depending on the temperature outside. “It depends a little on the weather,” she said. “Sometimes if it’s too hot out, the people in the parade move a little slower.” The parade’s turn-out is also depen-

dent on nice, cool weather. Theis said it typically draws between 10,000 and 12,000 spectators. The White Bear Avenue Business Association made a crowd-control request to the city for 12,000 people this year. Among the parade’s approximately 100 units will be several local high school bands, including the Tartan High School and Maple Grove High School

marching bands. Theis said having the school bands play gives the event a fun, local feel. “Having bands makes the parade,” she said. “You can feel the music through your toes as they walk down the street. Kids start dancing, and adults like some of the old music they play. It’s a lot of fun.”

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Trot down to the youth pet show Youth between the ages of 5 and 19 are invited to bring a special pet to the Youth Pet Show. The fair has showcased everything from huge dogs to guinea pigs in hats. This year’s pet show will be on Thursday, July 12 starting at 6 p.m. Prizes and trophies will be awarded and there are several categories to participate in. There are awards for the largest pet, smallest pet, hairiest, furriest, and most feathered. If a pet likes to wear satin and sequins, there is an award for the best dressed pet as well. Judges are also looking for perfect pairs, where the pet and the young owner resemble one another in features, personality or mannerisms. Youth who are knowledgeable about pets or certain breeds of pets can also enter. That means if Mom and Dad don’t have room for a horse on their suburban lot, Daughter can still display her knowledge of everything equine for judges. Registration for the youth pet show will begin at 5:30 p.m. July 12 at the fairgrounds.

It’s a scream Ever notice those who scream the loudest on those wild rides are the first ones back in line for another thrill? As always, the fair will have plenty of gravity-defying fun on hand.

Braided beauty They’re commonly called “rag rugs” because pioneer women wove them out of scrap material, but this example is no dirt-collector. The contrasting red, white, black and plaid materials were carefully collected, measured to the millimeter and woven into a complex pattern to compose this sweepstakes winner.

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A classic Fans of sparkling white sidewalls, perfect paint jobs and all the elegant amenities that signify a bygone age will again flock to the fair’s car show.

Memories on wheels There’s nothing that sparks memories like a classic car. Everyone has memories of the models they owned, whether the radio was blaring Elvis or the Eagles, the Beatles or Benny Goodman in those days. Enter your own or check out others’ prized autos at the Fair car show, from

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Nominations for the Ramsey County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award are being accepted, with awards to be presented at the Ramsey County Fair at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. The fair is looking for both men and women retirees age 70 or older who live in Ramsey County and have been active in their communities since retirement, after reaching age 65. The awards are a way to recognize these outstanding nd seniors who volunteer locally and contribute tirelessly, making a difference in the lives of others. nd one Of the nominees one man and esent the woman will be selected to represent etition. County at the State Fair competition. They will also be recognized at a special award ceremony at the County Fair and State Fair. ms Completed nomination forms must be in the fair office by Julyy 6 to be considered. They can be mailed to: Ramsey County Fair Office, 2020 White Bear

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Showstoppers Haven’t seen a good show lately? At the 4-H Arts-In building, young actors will be singing and dancing their hearts out in the spotlight.

Wanted: talent of all kinds Each year the Ramsey County Fair showcases talent home-grown in Ramsey County, sending top winners on to a statewide stage. Anyone with a special talent is invited to enter the Ramsey County Fair Talent Show. And for fairgoers, there’s no better place to be Sunday evening than in front of the talent-contest stage, marveling at the expertise of contestants young and old. There are three divisions: • preteen (ages 12 and under), • teen (ages 13 – 18), and open (all ages). Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third-place winners in each division.

The first place winner in each division will also go on to represent Ramsey County at the State Fair Talent Show. All individual entrants must be Ramsey County residents; at least one member of each group must be a resident. The entry fee is $10 and the deadline to register is Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. Competition will be held at the fairgrounds Sunday, July 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.; contestants should be onsite by 4:30 p.m. Visit for a complete listing of rules and and an entry form or, contact Kat at 651-334-9680 or the fair office at 651-770-2626.

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Join the White Bear Avenue Business Association as we kick off the Ramsey County Fair with one of the East Metro’s favorite traditions, the White Bear Avenue Parade. Meet your friends and neighbors on White Bear Avenue and enjoy this community parade. The route runs North from Ivy Avenue to Aldrich Arena.

See you on July 11th!

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