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Hubbard County Fair sees exceptional attendance

The 2021 county fair saw a decrease in exhibits due to COVID-19 concerns, but food sales and carnival attendance were up and the french fry sale fundraiser for Hubbard County 4-H broke records.

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Tayden George (#18TG), Mitch Klitzke (#3) and Nate Beck (#8) collide at Sunday's demolition derby at the county fair. This heat featured compact cars.

The 2021 Hubbard County Fair drew stellar crowds.

“Overall, the fair went well,” said Russ Smith, president of the Shell Prairie Agriculture Association that hosts the annual event. “Most of the commercial exhibits and livestock exhibits were low compared to average, but the attendance at the fair was good. All the shows were well attended, and everyone seemed happy to be out at the fair.

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This popular ride on the midway flung riders sky high.

Smith said attendance figures for the grandstand events won’t be available for at least a couple weeks. This year’s grandstand events included a motocross show, a truck and tractor pull, Baja racing and a demolition derby.

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“I can say that the carnival income was up about 20 to 25 percent,” he added. “Everybody enjoyed all the fair food, and all the numbers were up for that this year. People came out to enjoy the fair.”

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Elaina Doll walks her dog Zoe in the obedience segment of the 4-H dog show Saturday, July 17 at the Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

In the 126th year of the fair, the association’s 16-member volunteer board put on a good show for the community, Smith said.

He especially praised Hubbard County 4-H extension educator Lillian Crume. “She’s new to the position, but brings a lot of experience with 4-H. She’s doing a good job with the club,” he said.

Smith said the association is planning for the fair to be a five-day event again next year, and Crescent City Amusement signed again to provide the carnival until 2024.

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Maggie Kay Carter and her red roan quarter horse Bunny lean hard into a turn during the barrel racing event at the 4-H Riders show Thursday, July 15 at the 2021 Hubbard County Fair. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

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According to Jennifer Maleitzke, director of communications and external affairs with R.D. Offutt Co., the company’s French fry sale at the fair broke records.

“More than 75 volunteers from R.D. Offutt Farms, Lamb Weston RDO-Frozen and the Hubbard County 4-H teamed up at the county fair,” she said, “selling more than 2,300 pounds of fries.”

It was the fifth year for the fry sale, with the companies donating all of the supplies and all sale proceeds going toward local 4-H programming.

Maleitzke said the sale raised $5,100 this year, bringing the total since 2016 to $18,000.

Tentative dates for next year’s county fair are Wednesday through Sunday, July 13-17, 2022.

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