A garage band showcase, Hennepin Hot Wheels 500, live music, talent show, 4-H competitions, free bounce houses, traditional fair food, live animals…

All of these summer fun activities and much more will be available to visitors at this year’s Hennepin County Fair from Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 at Corcoran Lions Park, 7205 County Road 101 (the intersection of County Roads 101 and 10). The fair grounds will be open to the general public from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission will cost $4 for ages six and older. Children ages five and under will be admitted at no charge. The ticket price will include free parking, free entertainment, family entertainment and hands on activities. Service and performance animals only are allowed at the fair. No coolers will be allowed on the fairgrounds. An ATM for visitors’ convenience will be located in the fair office.

The Hennepin Hot Wheels 500 will launch entrants on an obstacle course Sunday afternoon at the grandstand. Entrants with the best time will win. Bring your wheels to the grandstand to register.

Music, music, music

Music lovers will have chances to participate and/or listen. Seven garage bands will play 20-minute sets during the garage band showcase from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, on the main stage. “Vinyl Revival Band” will perform on Saturday evening. Entrants in the talent show contest will showcase musical talents and more beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Garage bands must register for the showcase by Tuesday, June 11. Find the registration form online at hennepincountyfair.com. Then mail it to Gail D. Johnson, Hennepin County Fair, 21140 St. Francis Blvd., Anoka, MN 55303. For information call her at 612-859-2968, e-mail her at gaild_johnson@yahoo.com, or visit the fair website. Garage band members will pay $4 to enter the fair grounds. No fee will be charged for performing. There will be no judging or prizes.

All bands must check in from 1 to 2 p.m. and have all of their equipment back stage. Bands must bring their own instruments and equipment. Keep in mind that set-up should be as minimal as possible, because the 10-minute transition between bands might be difficult. A P.A. system, microphones and stands will be provided.

Talent show contestants will perform in three divisions — open for any age, pre-teen for ages 12 and under and teen for ages 13 to 18. Contestants are encouraged to register in advance by June 11. Registrations also will be taken from noon to 1 p.m. before the show. A $5 fee will be due at time of registration. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. Contestants will have a four-minute time limit. One winner from each division will be selected to represent Hennepin County at the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest.

Send entry forms and registration fee to Hennepin County Fair Talent Contest, 21140 St. Francis Blvd. Anoka, MN 55303. To get information and registration forms, visit the Hennepin County Fair website at hennepincountyfair.com. Address questions to gaild_johnson@yahoo.com.

Service Projects

Fair visitors will have opportunities to participate in service projects on all three days from 1 to 5 p.m. at the 4-H Service Booth. On Friday, send love through warmth by making tie fleece blankets for youth and adults in hospice care. On Saturday through Operation Gratitude, write letters of thanks to new, active, and veteran members of the military. On Sunday, make Upcycled Dog Toys by braiding and tying old t-shirts to help dogs in shelters play while they await forever homes.

Exhibitors and Judging

Wednesday, June 12, will be entry day for people exhibiting photography, baking, food preservation, floral design, fine arts, horticulture, handicrafts, beer/wine/liqueurs, fibers, needlework, quilting, sewing and clothing exhibits. Enter between noon and 7 p.m. in the Creative Activities tent. Thursday will be judging day, with open class judging from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Creative Activities tent.

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