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Foster County Fair opens June 19

Get ready for four days of fun at the 92nd annual Foster County Fair, happening from Wednesday, June 19, through Saturday, June 22.

The Mighty Thomas Carnival will once again bring rides, lights and cotton candy to the fairgrounds all four days. Save money by purchasing advance vouchers at Leevers of Carrington, Hi-Way Drive In, Carrington Drug and Central Pharmacy. The $50 Super Pass gives access to rides for all four days.

Fairgoers are in for a treat with a diverse lineup of musical and comedic performances, featuring acts like Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen Polka Band, Mylo Hatzenbuhler, the HYPE! and last year's fan favorite, Family Feud.

For those seeking excitement, don't miss Daryl's Racing Pigs, the pedal tractor pull, a mechanical bull, mutton busting, the ranch rodeo, an obstacle mud race and a draft horse competition.

There will be 4-H activities from Wednesday to Friday, and junior livestock point shows on Saturday and Sunday.

What's a fair without delicious food? Trinity Lutheran Church and Carrington Wrestling Club will be offering their specialties in the Community Activity Center, while two new vendors will be serving outside. Sweet Prairie Food Truck of Tolna will be parked on site all week, while local favorite Gettin' Sauced BBQ will be at the fairgrounds on Saturday.

Happy Camper Coffee will be ready to kick start your day every morning from Wednesday to Friday at the fairgrounds. Keep your eye out for Duchessa Gelato, making a sweet appearance sometime during the week – watch for announcements.

Here is a day-by-day description of events:

Senior Day, Wednesday, June 19

Fair organizers have designated Wednesday as "Senior Day" at the fair, and they have lined up entertainment tailored to appeal to the older crowd.

Events kick off with the annual pinochle tournament at 1 p.m. in the merchant building with $500 in prize money up for grabs.

The music starts at 4:30 p.m., when Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchman fill the air with polka, waltz and big band music that is sure to bring back memories of the good ol' days.

The Grand Opening and Fair Dedication honoring Jan and Jeff Topp is scheduled for 7 p.m. Mylo Hatzenbuhler will take the stage immediately afterwards, bringing fun, laughter and music the whole family can enjoy.

Open class and FFA exhibits can be entered between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

4-H static exhibits can be viewed in the exhibit hall all day. Spectators are welcome to watch the 4-H Poultry and Rabbit Show at 9 a.m. and the 4-H Dog Show at 2 p.m.

Young fairgoers won't want to miss library story time at 10:30 a.m. and the Barnyard Petting Zoo from 4 to 9 p.m. The carnival opens at 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 20

The 4-H livestock show takes center stage on the second day of the fair. 4-H members will exhibit swine, sheep, goats, dairy and beef, beginning at 8 a.m. The 4-H Livestock Premium Sale will be held at 6 p.m. with auctioneer Louis Halvorson.

The carnival opens at noon on Thursday.

Afternoon activities at the fairgrounds include North Dakota Vision Zero from 1 to 5 p.m., Barnyard Buddies Petting Zoo from 1 to 9 p.m. and library story time at 4:30 p.m.

Daryl's Racing Pigs will make their first run around the track at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. They'll race again at 5:45 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m.

Wrap up the day enjoying hilarious competition as teams battle to guess the most popular answers to survey questions in the game show, Family Feud. The first match will begin around 7:30 p.m. Contact Sara Hinrichs (701-307-0988) to enter a team.

Friday, June 21

Be ready for an action-filled day, beginning with the 4-H Livestock Showmanship Contest at 9 a.m.

In the afternoon, fairgoers can test their rodeo skills while perched atop a mechanical bull or enjoy Keith Raymond's balloon twisting and humor.

Daryl's Racing Pigs will be back in action on Friday, with the first race beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Olson's Pedal Tractor Pull will return to the fairgrounds for the third consecutive year. Kids between the ages of 4 and 11 are invited to participate. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with the pulls beginning at 5 p.m.

The excitement shifts to the rodeo arena in the early evening. At 6 p.m. youngsters will showcase their bravery and balance while gripping onto a wooly sheep during the Mutton Busting Contest. The Ranch Rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. Come out and watch the teams as they compete in a variety of timed events based on work that ranchers do every day.

The day wraps up where it started, in the livestock arena where the HYPE! will transport you back to the '80s with the biggest hits from Mötley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and more. Admission for the event is free.

Saturday, June 22

Enjoy the final day of the fair.

Come out and watch – or better yet, participate in the Obstacle Mud Race. There are three age divisions, and registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Are you in the mood for shopping? The Craft and Vendor show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will offer a new line-up of merchandise to look over, including Retro Toys & Games, Paper Pie (Usborne Books) and Discovery Toys.

The Draft Horse Competition begins at 11 a.m. in the rodeo arena. The Mighty Thomas Carnival opens at noon, and the Foster County Jackpot Livestock Show starts at 4 p.m.

The Carrington Wrestling Club will provide breakfast on Saturday, while Sweet Prairie Food Truck and Getting' Sauced BBQ will be on site all day.

Sunday, June 23

Come out and watch young people from around the state exhibit their animals in the show ring. The Foster County Junior Livestock show will begin at 10 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

Every Day

The commercial booths will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Drawings will be held at 5:30 p.m. each day to determine the winners of the Kid's Family Package and the Beef Bundle. You must be present to win.

Kid's Family Package drawings are sponsored by Central City Grain and Central City Marketing and Processing, the Foster County Independent and Central Pharmacy. Beef Bundle drawings are sponsored by Barton Meats, Leevers Foods of Carrington and Custom Kut Meat Inc.

Be sure to visit the Foster County Museum, open daily during the fair.

See all the details in the Foster County Fair special tabloid section!

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