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Published July 29, 2009, 10:51 AM

Becker County Fair starts Wednesday

The 118th edition of the Becker County Fair rolls into town Wednesday through Saturday.

By: Jason Adkins, DL-Online

The lakes area doesn’t have much time to catch its collective breath from all that is going on during the summer.

Add on another big event as the 118th edition of the Becker County Fair rolls into town Wednesday through Saturday.

While volunteers have been working pretty much non-stop throughout the year with organization, the actual set-up of the grounds kicked into full gear Sunday.

Lowell Jorgenson, secretary-treasurer for Becker County Fair Board was there Tuesday helping with the final touches.

“Well, it’s coming together and by night we should be ready,” Jorgenson said.

He said that there was still a few thing left to be done with most of major lifting already taken care of.

The operators of the midway rides also had to make sure everything was ready. Amusement Attractions, the company that owns and operates the midway rides, came into the fairgrounds on Saturday.

Those workers had some breathing space for the Becker County Fair, said Newell Nelson, who works the bumper cars.

“It takes quite a few of us to get it put together,” Nelson said. “We have about 30 of us.”

Nelson said that the carnival circuit that he travels with is a long one, as it travels from the Canadian border, where the company operated the midway at the Roseau County Fair, all the way down to the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

He said he sticks to the bumper cars for most of the summer and helps out in other areas as needed.

“Sometimes it can be tough and sometimes it can be a lot of fun,” Nelson said. “I enjoy it. I really do.”

It all gets underway Wednesday morning with Entry Day.

Poultry and livestock shows start the fair off. And then the midway opens at 5 p.m.

Juggler Tuey Wilson will be on stage under the big tent at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Country music singer Danny Hold plays under the big tent at 7:15 p.m.

The Miss and Junior Miss Becker County Fair will be crowned Wednesday night as well. The pageant gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the grandstand. Admission is $7 for all.

The fun gets underway a bit earlier for the other days of the fair as the midway opens at 1 p.m.

The older generation in the county will be honored Thursday during Senior Citizen’s Day.

There is a senior citizen’s awards program starting at 1:15 p.m. under the big tent.

Thursday’s entertainment highlight, The Callens Family, two parents with nine kids in tow, performs at 1:45 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. under the big tent.

Thursday night, the Sand Run is the evening’s grandstand event and comes back for a second year starting at 6:30 p.m. The Sand Run is a cleaner version of a mud race. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

Friday is Kids Day with plenty of activities for the young ones.

They will be entertained under the Big Tent with 90 minutes of kids’ games for different age groups starting at 1:45 p.m.

Comedic voice and ventriloquist Gary Wick will also be under the big tent for shows at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

A demolition derby featuring stock cars and minivans starts at 7 p.m. at the grandstand. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

The fair closes out its run Saturday with Family Day. A full slate of livestock shows, entertainment and music is booked.

Another demolition derby featuring pickups and four-cylinder vehicles provides the main night entertainment in the grandstand with the fun getting underway at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

The big tent entertainment will be filled with country western music as Melody Boys starts its set at 7 p.m. Saturday. In Capable Hands performs earlier in the big tent at 5:30 p.m.

Button drawings will be held throughout the fair’s run at 9:45 p.m. nightly under the big tent.

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