The schedule for the July 12-14 Yellow Medicine County Fair was mostly finalized during the board’s meeting May 17.

The new virtual reality system was tested out before the meeting. It will be available in the exhibit building for the duration of the fair and also at Canby’s Hat Daze celebration June 15 and 16.

There will be a small charge per five minute simulation, and it is hoped that between Hat Daze and the fair, the system will be paid for this year and can be expanded upon with new simulations and possibly adding more advanced hardware, such as foot controls and seats for driving simulations, in the future.

A new addition to the fair will be a mobile escape room. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and the hours could be extended if the schedule is filled.

People will be able to reserve times, up to 10 in a group, for half hour sessions. Please email ymcfair@gmail.com to reserve a time.

Bramble Park Zoo was scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. With the pedal pull, cook-off, and small animal show also going on that same afternoon, Ag Olympics was moved to Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

A few things still having details worked out are Knockerball, the drunk goggles, Jaws of Life, and rollover simulator. FFA was also contacted about doing a petting zoo again. They may do that or something different.

All final details will be worked out in the next week or so with the premium list tentatively planned to be inserted in the newspapers the week of June 6.

Work days will take place Saturday, June 30, and Saturday, July 7, to prepare the fairgrounds. Work will start at 10 a.m., and all are welcome to help.

Changing up advertising was discussed. A cover of the Western Peach has been purchased each year, but it was thought this significant chunk of the advertising dollars would be better spent on more local advertising, rather than a publication that covers two hours north but very little to the south of Canby.

The board will seek to drop that advertising for this year, but as it has already been arranged at the board’s request, if another advertiser cannot be found to take the space, the agreement will be honored for 2018 and dropped for next year.

Instead of the Peach, more advertising could then be done in bordering South Dakota newspapers, and it would also allow for more money to be spent in the local papers and perhaps some online ads as well.

The next meeting will be Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds office. This will be the last meeting prior to the fair.