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Hubbard County Fair gets underway

After being canceled in 2020, the 2021 fair was in full swing Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13-14.

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Brett Abel, 17, of St. Michael seems to fly over the Park Rapids water tower during a high-jumping performance on the Motocross track Wednesday night at the Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish/Enterprise, July 14, 2021)

The Hubbard County Fair came back this week after a year off due to COVID-19.

Fair events actually started last month, with fashion projects being judged and livestock, horse and dog interviews held on June 23, and demonstrations and performing arts projects going forward on June 24.

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Brandi Novak shows her mini lop bunny in the small breed junior doe category of Wednesday's rabbit show at the Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish/Enterprise, July 14, 2021)

General 4-H projects were judged Tuesday afternoon in the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds. Livestock shows started Wednesday afternoon with goats, poultry and rabbits leading the way, and the Motocity Raceway Motocross show Wednesday evening at the grandstand. Also opening on Wednesday was the fair midway with games, rides, food stands and entertainment.

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Levi Lelm and his dad Justin showed these two Pekin ducks in the Cloverbuds class of the 4-H poultry show Wednesday at the Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish/Enterprise, July 14, 2021)

In a variety of dirt bike and quad (four-wheeler) classes for ages 4 and up, Motocross contenders from all over the state swerved, jumped and kicked up dirt during the first round of racing, just to earn their places in the starting lineup for Round 2.

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Mike Barnhart, 46, of Chatfield, Minn. takes to the air during the first heat in the Open Quad 16+ category at Wednesday's Hubbard County Fair Motocross event. (Robin Fish/Enterprise, July 14, 2021)

Final results of the races were not available at press time. However, contenders included Maddie Shepherd, Kolby Shepherd, Kaden Shepherd, Jordyn Shepherd, Gabe Hoogakker, Noah Phillippi, Isaiah Phillipi, Ike Anderson, Hattie Anderson, Thomas Warmbold, Tucker Deblieck, Diesel Walker and Savannah Walker of Park Rapids, Wyatt Knowles of Akeley, Justen Berttunen and Tegan Kako of Menahga, and Kian Hagen and Calvin Harstad of Laporte.

Fair coverage continues in Wednesday’s edition of the Park Rapids Enterprise.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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