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Shell Prairie Agricultural Association prepares for 117th annual Hubbard County Fair; 4-H, talent, midway, fun

The annual demolition derby is a fair highlight. This year, as usual, the crashing, mud-flinging spectacle begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 8. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

The annual Hubbard County Fair, put on by the Shell Prairie Ag Association, is a draw each July in Park Rapids.

This year will be the 117th annual fair and be from July 4-8 at the fairgrounds. The midway will be set up on the Fourth of July holiday for some activities, however, the 4-H and open class exhibits won't be set up until Thursday, July 5.

Thursday night at 7 p.m. is the talent show with a free will offering. Call 252-1048 to enter the talent show.

Friday is Seniors Day with live music and lunch at the pavilion from noon to 2 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.

Friday night's grandstand performance is local favorite "Rock Bottom," performing at 7 p.m.

Saturday's main events include the out of field tractor pull at 1 p.m. followed by the kiddie tractor pull in front of the old schoolhouse at 3:30 p.m. The modified tractor and pickup truck pull is at 6 p.m. For information call 573-3705, 255-1604 or 732-5296.

In the past the demolition derby has been a big draw. This year the demo derby is at 1 p.m. Sunday. For information call 218-820-6334 or 255-1604.

The fair also has a carnival and 4-H exhibits. Try your hand at creating a Mr. Potato Head. The 4-H exhibit hall will be home to chickens, bunnies, horses, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle throughout the week.

An exhibition dog show is at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. A giant Twister challenge is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

And don't forget the classic fair food. Stop on over this July for cheese curds, ice cream and other delicacies.