Stearns County Fair is underway in Sauk Centre (VIDEO)
July 27, 2023
The 121st annual Stearns County Fair is underway this week and weekend in Sauk Centre, running now through Sunday, July 30. Highlights are as follows. The full schedule was published in the July 20 and July 27 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. Video footage from the fair on July 31, 2021 has been posted with this web article.
Thursday, July 27: Senior Citizens Day, with the key evening event coming with the first of three demolition derbies at the fair.
Friday, July 28: Children's Day, with the Amazing Hoopsters performing from 11 a.m. to noon and also at 2 p.m. and then 5 p.m. at the Heritage Stage; the Midway opening at noon; a special Imagination workshop with drawing and storytelling starting at 1 p.m. and taking place with varying times until 5 or 6 p.m.; Performing Arts Showcase at the 4-H stage from 3 to 4 p.m.; an antique tractor parade at 6:30 p.m., draft horse wagon rides at 6:30 p.m. and another demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Finally, the Amazing Hoopsters will perform a special lighted show at the Heritage stage from 9:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 29: Family Fun Day, with an Honors Quilt presentation at 10 a.m. at the 4-H stage, Gardening for Fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the midway opening at noon, a Bingo Open (Knights of Columbus) from noon to 10 p.m., an amateur talent contest at the Heritage stage at 12 p.m., another Imagination workshop starting at 1 p.m., 4-H rocket launch at the grandstand at 1:30 p.m. and much more with a third demo derby coming Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 30: Fun For All! Including at Catholic mass at 10 a.m. at the 4-H stage with all faiths welcome. The midway opens at noon on Sunday for the final day at the Stearns County Fair. At 1 p.m. in the North Outdoor Arena, a Wild West show takes place. Donny Brang performs at the Herald bandshell from 2 to 5 p.m., and a rooster crowing contest takes place at the Heritage stage at 2:30 p.m. The always-popular children's pedal pull contest starts at 3 p.m. in between the 4-H building and the Heritage barn. A karaoke contest is at 4 p.m. at the Heritage stage hosted by Marc Hinnenkamp. The fair officially closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday.