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Motocross coming to fairgrounds

Organizers of the Pierce County Fair felt a change was in order for the annual pre-fair event.

"We're looking for something different," said Fair Coordinator Ann Webb.

After several years of having a rodeo, they decided motocross would be the something new and exciting they're seeking. Therefore, it's going to be Friday, Aug. 3, from 7-10 p.m. in the grandstands on the fairgrounds.

Webb listed tentative ticket prices as children seven and under at $5, while ages eight and up are $10. (The following Wednesday, she said, the fair kicks off with the annual fireworks display.)

"It's a pretty hot sport for some community members," she said, giving one of the reasons for the change.

For those who don't know, motocross consist of riders on dirt bikes going around in circles while trying to navigate through jumps, corners or mounds, according to Austin Holm, general manager of Motokazie, the company scheduled to stop in Ellsworth.

This stop in Ellsworth will be one of many in the outdoor season-long series for riders who participate in Motokazie, Holm explained. The season, which usually runs from April-October, consists of stops in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. In its 11-year history, Motokazie has had 575 events.

"It's a good location and there are quite a few riders in the area," Holm said, highlighting Motokazie's interest in Pierce County, as most of the riders live within three hours of the Twin Cities. The closest Motokazie has gotten to Pierce County in years past was playing at the Dunn County Fair in Menomonie and the Dakota County Fair in Farmington, Minn.

Holm said spectators will get to see races in 18 classes, with four of them being in quad classes (four-wheeler) and the rest on bikes. The age limit of the riders is unlimited, as it will run from ages four to professional riders.

"It's a high-flying, actionpacked sport that a lot of families get involved in," Holm said. "You never know what's going to happen."

He also concluded it's Motokazie's hopes this isn't a one-year stop.

"We hope to build a good relationship and come back every year," he said.

For more information about Motokazie, interested readers can visit .

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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