Swift County Fair gets underway next Wednesday

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The Swift County Fair starts Wednesday, Aug. 17, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 21 at the fairgrounds in Appleton. 

The area’s 4-H youth have been busy working on their projects and getting their livestock ready for the annual week of the fair. Open class, horticulture and FFA exhibits will be accepted from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17. For detailed information go to www.swiftcountyfair.org.

Every day of the fair, entertainment can be found in the Chuck Brown Building beginning Wednesday night with The Whitesidewalls scheduled to play at 7 p.m. They have entertained people throughout the state for decades. 

Thursday night Judd Hoos, an American rock band from Sturgis, S.D., will take the stage at 8:30 pm. 

Friday afternoon we hope to see you dancing and enjoying the Larry Olsen Band. On Friday night join us to rock the roof off the Entertainment building with Slaughter, an 1980s and 90s rock band followed by Canyon Cowboys. 

Saturday night Aaron Tippen and Colin Raye will take the stage ready to entertain at 9:00pm. Following Aaron and Colin there will be fireworks to enjoy before ending the night with The 70’s Sunshine Band.

Sunday afternoon we will enjoy the music of the Red Letter Band, a chart-topping group that plays a variety of classic, country, gospel and original music starting around 2:30 pm.

Other entertainment includes: The Ranch Rodeo to begin at 6:30 Thursday evening; the Robotic Puppets will be roaming the grounds providing smiles and fun; Donnie B and the The Oz Brothers will also be at the fair to entertain. 

A new addition to the fair this year will be Raices de mi Tierra or Mexican dancers, a group of local residents will put on a cultural performance Friday afternoon.

Perhaps the biggest change this year will be the Grandstand events. Instead of two nights of demolition action the fair is trying something new. It will be hosting a TurfWars racing event on Friday night. This is the chance to bring your: 4-wheeler, side by side, lawn mower or whatever you have (other than a car) to race against your friends and family. For more info on TurfWars ch,eckout our Facebook page. Will you win the final race of the night and go home with the $1,000 purse? Saturday night come back to the grandstand and watch the Demo and cheer the drivers on!

Saturday afternoon don’t miss Ribfest. Come out and enjoy some great ribs and make sure to vote for your favorite as bragging rights are real!

Sunday’s focus will be on the younger generation as it is their day for face painting, Clueless the Balloon Twister, Kids pedal-pull, West Central Rockhounds (where they will be able to “mine” for stones), a Lego building contest, My dolly and Me contest, and the medallion hunt which is open to kids from 0-99. The carnival will be hosting armband day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with all the rides you want for $20.

Sunday evening the Swift County Fair will close with the raffle for the street legal EFI Golf Cart, only 700 tickets were printed so get yours before they are gone! Contact any board member to get your ticket. Need not be present to win.

The fair board continues to fundraise to pay off the addition to the Chuck Brown Building and Montana’s West Wing. Donations can be mailed to Box 395 Kerkhoven, you can also donate grain at Glacial Plains Cooperative and earmark it for the Swift County Fair. Admission to the fair remains the same $3.00 for ages 12 and up and $3.00 to park. Season passes are available.

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