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Fun times: County fair is in full swing

Sharing a laugh at the Becker County Fair is easy to do, since there are fun things to do for people of all ages. The fair starts today and ends on Saturday. Submitted Photo

The Becker County Fair has something for everyone, and it all starts today, running through Saturday.

Fair board president Bob Sonnenberg and 4-H program coordinator Mickey Okeson both offered their opinions on the must-see events of the fair.

For Kids and Families

Kids' Day is Friday, and Family Day is Saturday.

Both days include a variety of shows and games. Specifically on Kids' Day, there are games for all age groups in the Big Tent starting at 1:45 p.m. The games always have "quite a turnout," Sonnenberg said, usually with about 150 kids.

The Big Tent also has free entertainment every day, including a juggler, magicians and musicians.

Both Family Day and Kids' Day also include horse shows.

"The horse show is really widely popular," Okeson said. "Kids like to watch that. They love the horses." The competitive horse show is Friday at 8 a.m., and the "fun show" is Saturday at 1 p.m.

Kids also enjoy the llama show, Okeson said. This will be the show's third year, and there are five llamas scheduled to appear Wednesday at 7 p.m.

For Teenagers

"Of course, teenagers always enjoy the rides," Sonnenberg said.

The first two days of the fair have deals on unlimited ride armbands. Wednesday after 5 p.m., the armbands are $15 with three food pantry items. On Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., three armbands are $30 with three food pantry items. Armbands are normally $22 each.

The different rides available include Tilt-a-whirl, a large Ferris wheel, "and I don't even know the names of some," Sonnenberg joked.

"Teens are also big on food," Sonnenberg said.

The Becker County Fair has "top quality food," he added, including traditional fair food like cheese curds, corn dogs and French fries.

For Seniors

Senior Citizens' Day is Thursday. Sonnenberg said the fair really tries to honor seniors that day.

"Seniors - They're the ones that made the fair," he said.

On senior day, there's free coffee at the 4-H kitchen. There is also the Outstanding Seniors awards, which go to one man and one woman, both of whom will go to the State Fair and compete among other seniors.

Senior Day is to appreciate seniors for all the work they've done, Sonnenberg said.

Sonnenberg himself is a senior, and has been involved with the fair board for over 30 years.

"My favorite part of the fair," he said, "is to see people happy."