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Early attendees at the Hubbard County Fair on Wednesday, July 8, will get first crack at the midway rides during the "Sneak-A-Peek" fair kickoff event. The midway will be open throughout the 114th annual fair, which runs from July 8-12 at the fairgrounds in Park Rapids.

Hubbard Co. Fair set for July 8-12

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Great grandstand shows, midway fun and 4-Hers' fine work draw visitors to the county fair at summer's midpoint.

The Shell Prairie Ag Association will sponsor the 114th Hubbard County Fair Wednesday through Sunday, July 8-12.

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Events kick off Wednesday with Sneak-a-Peek, a chance to take in the rides and attractions on the midway.

Motocross will return to the grandstand Wednesday with practice at 6 and races starting at 7 p.m.

The annual talent show will entertain at 7 p.m. Thursday in the grandstand. Croon your best tune, put on your dancing shoes or break out that high school band instrument and sign up. Winners in three age groups will advance to state fair competition. Admission is free.

Friday is Senior Day at the fair with lunch at noon and a program to follow. The Frankie Lamb Band will entertain and Hubbard County's Outstanding Senior Citizens will be honored.

C. Willi Myles, "America's everyday comedian," will entertain at 7 p.m. Friday in the grandstand. Grandstand admission is $5 for ages 6 to 15 and $9 for 16 and older.

Saturday fair-goers are invited to tractor pull events. Out-of-field competition starts at 2 p.m. and modified classes will take over at 7 p.m.

The ever-popular, ever-raucous demolition derby begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Hubbard County youth work diligently to prepare projects, exhibits and livestock for judging at the county fair.

Each year, many 4-Hers go on to the state fair and earn ribbons for their excellent work.

4-H livestock entry is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. 4-H exhibit entry and judging will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

Thursday starts with a 4-H horse judging and open horse show at 8 a.m. Rabbit judge is at 3 p.m. with an exhibition dog show is planned at 4:30 p.m. The annual dress review starts at 5:30 p.m.

Livestock judging of swine, beef, sheep, dairy and goats starts at 8 a.m. Friday with overall showmanship judging immediately following the livestock show at 1 p.m. Poultry judging will be at 3 p.m.

The 4-H auction (with complimentary rolls and coffee) begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The annual 4-H animal auction and horse fun show both start at 10 a.m. A state fair (horse) meeting will be at 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m. 4-Hers participate in a rocket shoot.

An awards program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Other highlights during the fair include vendor exhibits, adult craft and garden displays, activities and exhibits in the Environmental Education building and food - from bison burgers to cotton candy.

Gate admission and parking are free. The fairgrounds are located on Fair Avenue in Park Rapids.

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