The 125th Yellow Medicine County Fair will be held in Canby Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26.
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The 125th Yellow Medicine County Fair will be held in Canby Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26. Along with some of the favorite events from past years’ fairs, some exciting new events and entertainment are planned.
The carnival will be replaced with a variety of games and activities. No more pushy carnies to deal with - these games will be run by local people.
Among the games will be the Tun o’ Fun tent for children including a maze with fun stations, train ride, jungle gyms, and obstacle course. Games will include a duck pond, dice game, bucket toss, lucky key, sucker pull, and quarter drop. The Canby Ministerial Association will have a dunk tank with local pastors in the hot seat. The fair board will also provide a variety of games including Plinko, a bean bag toss, a ring toss, and more. People willing to help run a game for any length of time are still being sought to make more games possible.
A brand new event on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. is the outhouse races. A favorite at Madison’s Norsefest celebration each year, this “Norsky” outhouse has wheels and requires a team of three, two pushers and one driver, to navigate around a course as quickly as possible. The trick is the steering is reversed!
Put together a team of three, come alone and be assigned to a team, or just come and watch the hilarity.
Another new event will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Farmers or wanna-be farmers, show your skills in the ag olympics. Be the fastest to stack bales, carry buckets, and other farm duties. Form a team or participate as an individual.
Throughout the weekend, artist demonstrations will be held in the Heritage Center and conservation building. Local artists will demonstrate the making of their work in two hour time slots. Stop by to learn about sculpting, carving, photography, painting, fiber arts, and more.
In the entertainment scene, a new face will be Tom Anderson, magician, who will be performing at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center on Thursday and Friday. His performances will include an educational show on the history of magic, including tricks from the stone age right up to modern magic tricks, as well as a balloon twisting show in which the audience gets to make their own balloon sculptures.
Other new entertainment will be Lyndon Peterson’s one-man band Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center and a jazz band, Route 68, Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Pavilion.
An outdoor movie will be shown Friday evening at dusk on the side of the Heritage Center, sponsored by the Canby Arts Council. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. The movie shown will be The Empire Strikes Back.
4-H will also be hosting a new hands-on event, The Power of YOUth, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the 4-H building. Youth who have completed kindergarten to fifth grade are welcome to come and learn of the endless possibilities offered to them through 4-H.
They will explore aquatic and Lego robotics, flight simulators, and animals. There will be fun (and potentially messy) games as well as projects to create and take home.
Afterwards, starting around 4:00 p.m., Animal Idol will be held in the 4-H livestock arena. Come and find out what songs might sound like if livestock “sang” them. Pick a song and an animal noise and join the fun!
Lastly for the new entertainment will be the Cock-A-Doodle Zoo on the grounds from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. Many exotic animals will be on display with the opportunity to learn about each species and touch and feed them.
Returning to the YMC fair after many years will be Tina and Lena. Don’t miss this witty comedy duo performing Saturday at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Pavilion.
In addition to these new events, many favorites from past years will be returning. This includes the Pejihutazuzu Drum and Dance Troop from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Center, sprint races in the grandstand Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., the Raptor Center from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Friday in the Heritage Center, Cattlemen’s supper from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 4-H building, ranch rodeo in the grandstand at 6:00 p.m. Friday, small animal show at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the 4-H livestock arena, sand box hunt at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and Night of Destruction in the grandstand at 7:00 p.m. Saturday.
Complete schedules are available at area businesses or at www.ymcfair.org.