Weekend Beat: Portage County Fair of Amherst

fair2Its fair weekend, folks!

The Portage County Fair of Amherst began on Thursday, Jul 17th and runs until Sunday, July 20th. This weekend-long event will be filled with fun summertime fair traditions.

Today, July 18th, the fair festivities kick-off at 8 am with the judging of horses, small animals, poultry, swine, sheep, and beef. The carnival opens at 5 pm, make sure you bring in a non-perishable food item to receive 20 ride tickets for $10. At 6 pm, the truck and tractor pulls begin. At 7 pm, there will be a cake auction. Finally, from 8:30 pm to midnight, the Spicy Tie Band will be taking the stage.

On Saturday, the gates to the fair open at 8 am with the judging of goats and rabbits beginning at 9 am. The parade begins at the Amherst High School at noon and ends at the fairgrounds. The Ag Olympics will be held at the Husky Hansen Building at 2 pm. The carnival will also open at 2 pm. Beginning at 5 pm, make sure to check out the demolition derby. Finally, at 8:30 pm, the Tuscan Road Band will be performing until midnight.

Admission to the fair is free all day on Sunday, July 20th. Breakfast will be served from 9 am to noon in the large tent. There will also be a polka dance with the Ray Konkol Band from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. In the tent by the Ruth Otto building,g there will be dog obedience judging at 9:30 am. Beginning at 10 am, there will also be a volleyball tournament.

Don’t miss out on the pedal tractor races that begin at noon in the commercial building on Sunday. The carnival will also begin at noon. Then at 1 pm there will be an animal market sale that is open to the public. You will also have a chance to catch the burnout contest at 2 pm—which is new to the fair for 2014. At 3 pm, the parade of champions will be in the Hansen building. The 8th World Wonder band will be performing from 3pm to 7pm. Finally, make sure to enter in the ATV raffle which will be drawn at 6 pm.

If you don’t have any plans for this weekend—don’t miss out on the Portage County Fair of Amherst. Also, remember to check back here every Friday to see what’s going on over your 2-day vacation in the Weekend Beat.  

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