A demolition derby is one of the extreme sports activities coming to the Wright County Fair, July 24 to July 28 at the fair grounds in Howard Lake. (Photo courtesy of Wright County Fair.)

Carnival rides, horse shows, a fur trader encampment, exotic animals, demolition derby, 4-H and FFA competitions, traditional fair food…. The Wright County Fair will have entertainment for just about everyone.

The fair is returning to Howard Lake from Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, July 28. Here are some highlights. Tickets for many of the events are available on line at wrightcountyfair.org – sometimes with advance discounts.

Merriam’s Midway Shows will offer unlimited carnival rides with purchase of a $25 arm band from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, 1 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Everyone who purchases an armband will be eligible to win a bicycle at 5 p.m. daily drawings. Must be present to win.

Want to watch unique, sometimes extreme sports? Grab seats for the combine and lawn mower demolition derby at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, bull riding at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the demolition derby at 7 p.m. on Friday, extreme trucks mud racing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, tractor pull at 5 p.m. on Saturday and demolition derby at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Twin Cities Fantasy Factory will perform its Mega Jump Bicycling Stunt Show at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Antique Track Pull Track on the west end of the fair grounds. Their jumps, tricks and ramps have been seen at the Minnesota State Fair and the X Games.

Music lovers will have lots of listening choices at the entertainment tent. Stop in to hear Chopper, “The World’s Nuttiest DJ” from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Just Rite Country Band from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Red Dot Garage from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, the Ukulele Club of Wright County from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Northern Spirit Band from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and James Zachary Band from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.

Sherwin Linton will celebrate his 80th birthday with three performances on Sunday under the entertainment tent. The 2 p.m. show will feature country music, the 3:30 p.m. show will pay tribute to Johnny Cash and the 5 p.m. show will feature 50’s rock and roll.

Them Pesky Kids will offer a concert at an outdoor stage at the west end of the fairgrounds from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. TPK will perform with vocals, guitars, bass and monster drums in a high-end stage production. The concert is open to all ages. A beer garden will be available for those ages 21 and over. Lawn chairs are welcome. Some seating will be available.

Fans of motor vehicles will want to see or participate in the classic car and truck show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Machinery Hill on the west end of the fair grounds. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Then come back to the same place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday for the classic and custom motorcycle show. All bikes are welcome – old to new and vintage to custom. Admission and registration are free.

Lake Superior Helicopters will offer helicopter rides on all five days west of the Dairy Barn. Times will be from 2 p.m. to sunset on Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to sunset on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. until time to be determined on Sunday.

Lots of events will attract animal lovers.

The Mutton Bustin Competition at 1 p.m. on Saturday is a sheep riding competition for kids ages six to eight. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the white booth by the practice arena. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts.

An exotic animal zoo is available each day of the fair, and kids can take pony rides.

Horse lovers can take in numerous events. Little Mountain Wrangler’s Shows will feature an All Pleasure Show beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and an All Game Show beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday. 4-H horse shows will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday.

Both 4-H and Future Farmers of America will have livestock competition, ranging from goats to rabbits to swine to dairy and beef cattle.

Check out other unique activities, such as walking on water inside a six and a half-foot air sealed hamster ball near Bingo. Re-enactors will offer live demonstrations at the Hopewell Furtrading Company north of the sheep barn, where visitors can try original Indian games. Three free lumberjack shows will be offered each day Thursday through Sunday.

For more information about the Wright County Fair, visit the website at wrightcountyfair.org.

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