County fair opens next week

The Mille Lacs County Fair, slated for Aug. 9-12 at the fairgrounds in Princeton, promises to offer family fun for all.

Back by popular demand, the All American Lumberjack Show, will be featured several times throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including a Kid’s Lumberjack Sports Camp each day.

“That’s a really popular item on the fairgrounds,” said fair entertainment director Pat Braun.

Replacing longtime fair staple Choppers, The Devon Worley Band will take the main stage as headliners for Saturday evening’s music entertainment. The seven-piece band offers an eclectic mix of country, rock, pop, funk and R&B, with the young Minnesota native Devon Worley leading on vocals.

“I think we’ll say, ‘We knew her when,’” Braun said of the up and coming star.

For the kids, Tricia and the Toonies will provide music, puppets, skits and laughter to children during the fair’s Kids Day, Saturday, Aug. 11. Other free events for children include the pedal tractor pull 2 p.m. Thursday, the FFA Children’s Barnyard and 4-H animal exhibits open Thursday through Sunday, the coloring contest, kids crafts 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and the Kid’s Day Money Grab & Games from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Main Stage.

“We are going to miss our National Guard this year,” said fair board secretary Judy Gerth of the Cambridge-based Guard. “They’re being deployed to Afghanistan, so we won’t be having them.”

Another new feature this year is the Turn In Poachers Wall of Shame trailer. The trailer is being made available by the East Central Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. The trailer showcases mounts of fish and game that have been taken unlawfully around the state.

Sunday, the early bird gets the worm. The first 750 people through the gate will receive a free lunch. Throughout the fair, all the same popular fare is offered via ice cream, pork chops, barbecue ribs and the 4-H vendors.

For the full schedule of events, see the ad in the Thursday, Aug. 2 print edition of the Times.