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Farm meets fun at the Pierce County Fair this weekend

Whether the summer’s been filled with farm chores or other tasks, it’s time to take a break before the season gets away without any fun.

Just ahead of another school year, the fall harvest and shorter days, the county seat hosts a weekend-plus worth of entertainment, exhibits and excitement. Its fairgrounds in Ellsworth will come alive as area residents reunite for this annual round of relaxation, refreshment and renewal.

The Pierce County Fair this Thursday through Sunday is the place “Where Farm Meets Fun,” so this year’s fair slogan says. Plan to attend for a dose of animals, displays, music, comedy, food, talent and more.

New to the exposition this year are a flash frozen ice cream stand, a vision screening trailer and a center offering readjustment counseling to veterans. The truck pull is being moved back to Thursday evening from Sunday afternoon. And nine—count ‘em—nine Century Farm plus one Century Home families will be recognized.

Certain days will carry special significance, such as 4-H Alumni Day on Thursday, Senior Citizens Day on Friday (those ages 62 and up get a discount on admission) and the Salute to Veterans on Sunday (vets are admitted for free). Related ceremonies are Friday’s Most Admired Senior Citizen program and Sunday’s veterans’ tribute.

Before the fair officially opens, this Wednesday has been deemed a pre-fair day. Junior and open rabbit judging will go on in the silver barn starting at 8:30 a.m., as will junior and open poultry judging. Judging of junior cultural arts is next in the Seyforth Building at 9 a.m.

The entry of non-animal exhibits will happen from noon to 8 p.m. Then, from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be the entry of animal exhibits (dairy, beef, swine and horse).

Between them comes the pony pull at 4:30 p.m., a free grandstand attraction. Along with the horse pull at 7 p.m., also in the grandstand, these events have been shifted to Wednesday from the Thursday on which they were held last year.

Judging in the lower Round Barn Wednesday at 5 p.m. addresses open cut flowers, arrangements, container gardening and houseplants. In the home economics building at 5:30 p.m., the judging will focus on open natural science.

Gate charges will become effective after the pre-fair day. The rest of the lineup follows.

For more please read the August 6 print version of the Herald.