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Published August 19, 2009, 12:05 AM

Food, fun memories – fair: Douglas County get-together starts four-day run Thursday

The Douglas County Fair, one of the most memorable events of the summer, will be here August 20-24.

By: By Rebecca Anderson, Intern Reporter, Alexandria Echo Press

The Douglas County Fair, one of the most memorable events of the summer, will be here August 20-24.

All of the familiar attractions, entertainment, competitions, food and rides will be there for your enjoyment, and there will be two new attractions to make the fair an even better educational opportunity.

The first major new event is the addition of the “Energy Park” tent. It will include displays of energy saving products, and roundtable question and answer sessions facilitated by a design expert in the energy field.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about alternative energy sources for the future. (See related story for more details.)

The second event is the Public Safety Display building. This is a great chance for the public to see the machines that are used to keep people safe every day.

You can see this display every day in the old District 206 Bus Garage, located west of the Harold Johnson building.

According to Sergeant Brad Brejcha from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, there will be several area fire departments with trucks on display, along with a squad car from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will have a snowplow on display, and a local power company is planning to bring one of its trucks.

The sheriff’s office, the Douglas County Highway Department, MnDOT, various area power companies, and multiple fire departments, as well as other public safety information booths will also have spots in the public safety building.

Dick Gulbranson, the secretary of the fair board, said that the fair is also trying to focus on “going green” this year. It has partnered with Waste Management and Pope/Douglas County Solid Waste to promote recycling at the fair.

Gulbranson also stressed that this year the fair board will not be allowing food into the animal barns or near the animal exhibits, to prevent the spread of E-coli bacteria.

For more information, visit the Douglas County Fair website at www.mndouglascofair.com.

FAIR FACTS

When: August 20-23

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds off County Road 82, west of Alexandria

ADMISSION

Adults – $4

Children 12 and younger – free

4-H and FFA exhibitors – free

Season ticket, per person – $10

Auto parking – $2

Season auto parking – $5

(All prices include sales tax)

MOTORCYCLE PARKING

Parking for motorcycles is available at the fairgrounds throughout the fair. Use the east gate. The motorcycle parking area is just south of the east gate.

ATTENDANCE

An estimated 48,500 attended the Douglas County Fair during its four-day run last summer – up about 5,000 from the previous year.

ENTERTAINMENT

All performances will take place on the 4-H Centennial Stage on the east end of the fairgrounds.

Thursday, August 20

4:30 p.m. – Pure Country (country music favorites)

6 p.m. – Alexienne Chorus (chapter of Sweet Adelines International, variety)

7:15 p.m. – Tina & Lena (music, humor and fun)

Friday, August 21

10 a.m. – The Next Step with Ginnie ‘O’ (big band, country, polka, pop)

2:30 p.m. – Runestone Rockettes (danceline with an average age of 69)

4:30 p.m. – Wolf Pack (classic oldies and original rock)

Saturday, August 22

11 a.m. – Dennis J. Murphy (dance and easy listening)

2 p.m. – Bistodeau Family Band (singing and dancing with a variety of instruments)

4 p.m. – Decades Later (traditional and classic country, and country gospel music)

Sunday, August 23

10 a.m. – The Next Step with

Ginnie ‘O’ (big band, country, polka pop)

3 p.m. – Skilly and Duff (Irish trio with casual, pub-session approach)

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