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Pierce County Fair pre-fair activities

Spring Valley's Jeff Johnson has control of the reins as his team of lightweight draft horses (under 3000 lbs) pulls him and 5000 lbs. of weight in the horse pull competition.2 / 9
This is the 100th anniversary of 4-H and the Busy Fingers Club produced this barn quilt.3 / 9
4-H craft displays in the new exhibition building.4 / 9
Traffic outside the 4-H foodstand pre-fair evening.5 / 9
Open class quilt displays are being looked over in the new exhibition building.6 / 9
4-H photo displays are up.7 / 9
Two youngsters try to keep their balance on the concrete barriers at the grandstand before the horse pull.8 / 9
Floyd Keitlinger of Hixton on the move with his team of horses during the horse pull.9 / 9

While the 131st Pierce County Fair doesn't officially open until Thursday, there was plenty going on Wednesday, the "pre-fair" period. There was plenty of judging, plenty of setting up, plenty bringing in animals and exhibits and grandstand pulls for both ponies and horses.

Each of the county's 4-H clubs have made barn quilts for this year's fair and are offering them to fairgoers via silent auction. They are on display outside the new exhibition building.

The fair officially opens tomorrow at 7 a.m. The gates will reamin open until 9 p.m. Thursday is 4-H Alumni Day as the fair celebrates the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A ceremony celebrating this century anniversary will take place in the picnic shelter starting at 11:45 a.m.