Montmorency County Fair offers something for everyone

ATLANTA – The Montmorency County Fair kicked off Tuesday night with 4-H non-livestock judging, little miss, princess and queens pageant, and baked goods judging, followed by an auction for some of the donated baked goods, with proceeds going toward Kid’s Day activities.

Horse shows and poultry were judged on Wednesday, and spectators watched a bat presentation by DNR officer Samantha Palmer. The night rounded off with a Battle of the Bands.

Today there will be rabbit and beef judging in the morning, and a tractor and truck pull under the grandstands starting at 6 p.m. Admission for the pull is $3 for ages 5-12 and $7 for teens and adults.

New to the fair this year are pony rides, an elephant ride and face painting by the Liebel Family Circus today through Saturday.

Friday is Farmer Day at the fair, with 4-H speed horse events at 9 a.m., dairy judging at 10 a.m., the Tip of the Mitt Antique Tractor Show from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and other farming activities throughout the day.

The Car Show starts Friday at 1 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m., along with an exotic animal display from Whispering Pines Zoo, which runs all day at the fair. The evening is rounded out with the annual livestock auction at 6 p.m.

“There are a lot of animals for the auction this year,” fair board member Carol Klein said. “It will be an awesome auction. We have 14 big beef, 10 baby beef, 46 hogs, and our chicken and duck barns are full.”

There will be a draft horse pulling contest at 8 p.m. under the grandstands to finish off the day with $3 admission for ages 5-12 and $5 for teens and adults.

Kid’s Day will be on Saturday with judging for cats and dogs in the morning, along with the children’s king and queen registration and crowning. Whispering Pines will again have its exotic animal zoo all day, and there will be free activities from noon until 3 p.m. in the kid’s tent, including face painting, science experiments, balloons, crafts and kid’s games.

At 2 p.m. is an event unique to the Montmorency County Fair, the Farmer Olympics, which are open to anyone who would like to be involved.

“There will be hay stacking, corn husking and a lawnmower obstacle course,” fair board President Deb Klein said. “The competition will be great fun to watch and participate in.”

The main grandstand event is the Mud Bog at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $3 for ages 5-12 and $7 for teens and adults. The Mud Bog is new this year and replaces the Bump and Run of previous years.

“Everyone is welcome and we have activities for all ages, including Schmitt Amusements here all week,” Deb Klein said. “Come check out all the animals and great displays.”

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