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5 days of fair fun opens next week

The Hubbard County Fair opens Wednesday, July 12 featuring the traditional Midway rides, 4-H exhibits and animal shows, along with grandstand entertainment through Sunday, July 16. (Enterprise file photo)

The 2017 Hubbard County Fair, put on by the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association, opens Wednesday, July 12 and continues through Sunday, July 16 at the fairgrounds on the west end of Park Rapids.

Billed as the "5 Greatest Days of Summer," new to the fair this year is professional bull riding and barrel racing on Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The event brings bull riders and barrel racers professionally sanctioned with the Central Bull Riders Association and the Central Barrel Racers Association.

Along with the traditional 4-H exhibits and activities, the fair features a talent show and other grandstand entertainment, including motocross and tractor pulls.

Back by popular demand is a demo derby on Sunday, July 16 at 1 p.m. It's been about five years since the last demo derby and Fair Board Vice President Burt Hills said they've had a good response from drivers looking to participate in this popular event.

The 4-H barns are always busy with prized chickens, cows, pigs, rabbits and other animals prepped for show. The horse arena will also feature youth horsemanship activities throughout the week.

Action opens Wednesday, July 12 with Motocity Raceway Motocross at 7 p.m.

Returning to the fair this year is Balloon Artistry by Mondana on Thursday, July 13. Balloon tying from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The talent show starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The talent contest and teen dance is one of the highlights as talented and brave youngsters take the stage. New this year is a dart tournament following the talent show.

Friday is Senior Day in the pavilion featuring a light lunch and music, followed by bull riding and barrel racing.

Tractor pulls take place on Saturday starting with the out-of-field tractor pull at noon. The modified tractor and truck pull starts at 6 p.m. in front of the grandstand. A kiddie tractor pull will be held Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Midway, run by Crescent City Amusements, will run from Wednesday through Saturday. The 4-H Exhibit Hall will feature livestock, poultry, horses, rabbits, a dog show, 4-H vendors, open class exhibits and vendors.

And don't forget the fair food! Stop on over for cheese curds, fresh french fries, pork sandwiches, ice cream and other mouth-watering delicacies.

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