Five full days of Dickinson Fair

THE 2018 DICKINSON COUNTY FAIR begins today with checking in exhibits, but Thursday will see the event in full swing. The fair runs through the Labor Day holiday Monday. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

NORWAY — Organizers expect a well-attended Dickinson County Fair this year, with double the stock car racing, the popular Saturday night country music concert, new midway acts and new vendors as the main attractions.

Skerbeck Carnival workers started setting up rides Tuesday afternoon and vendors were expected to put up their stalls today ahead of the fair’s official opening at 5 p.m. Thursday, Fair Secretary/Treasurer Trisha Wicklund said.

Annual fair attendance the past two years has been about 30,000.

But Wicklund said the fair board hopes two stock car racing events — one at 6 p.m. Friday and the other at 4 p.m. Sunday — will draw in even more people. The Friday race replaces the demolition derby, and points from that race will carry over to Sunday for a championship-style event, she said.

Saturday’s country music concert features Runaway Train and 141 North performing from 6 to 11 p.m. The concert has been a popular component of the fair in recent years, with Wicklund saying, “people seem to really like it.”

JUSTIN MATHEWS OF LaPeer, Michigan, sets up the Tilt-A-Wirl for the Skerbeck Carnival in preparation for the Dickinson County Fair in Norway. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

Wicklund also recommends fairgoers check out the new midway acts — the Hillbilly Science Spectacular and the Kent Family Magic Circus — as well as new food and arts and crafts vendors.

Admission is $5 a day or $15 for the week. Ages 5 and younger can get in free.

Due to a recent outbreak of canine influenza, the fair board asks that people not bring their dogs to the fair. Exceptions are participants in Sunday’s dog show, and dogs that remain confined to their owner’s campsite.

2018 Dickinson County Fair

TODAY — PREVIEW DAY

4 to 10 p.m.: Market and breeding animal entries (beef, swine, sheep and goats)

4 to 10 p.m.: Open animal entries (beef, swine, sheep and goats)

THURSDAY — EXHIBITOR DAY

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: All other animal entries accepted

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: All other still entries accepted

Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Breeding livestock show

3 to 10 p.m.: Bingo

4 to 10 p.m.: Exhibition building open

4 p.m. to close: Carnival open, bracelet night

5 p.m.: Official opening of fair

6 p.m.: Wumpa and Local Truck Pull

FRIDAY — YOUTH DAY

7 a.m. to noon: All youth and open dairy entries

8:30 a.m.: Judging

10 a.m.: Tractor Pull

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Exhibition building open

Noon: Draft horse show

Noon: Youth market livestock show (beef, swine, sheep and goats)

1 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Bingo

1 p.m. to close: Carnival open, bracelet day

1, 3, 5 p.m.: Hillbilly Science Spectacular

2, 4, 6 p.m.: Kent Family Magic Circus

6 p.m.: Friday Night Racing

SATURDAY — AGRICULTURE DAY

9 a.m.: Open horse show

10 a.m.: Poultry and rabbit judging

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Home Depot (The Kid’s Building Workshop) Exhibition Building

11 a.m. to close: Carnival open

11 a.m. to close: Exhibition building open

11 a.m.: Dairy judging

11 a.m.: Pony Pull with the Open Draft Horse Pulls to follow

Noon to 6 p.m.: Paula D (Wally Bouchey Pavilion)

1 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Bingo

1 p.m.: Horseshoe tournament, singles and doubles

1, 3, 5 p.m.: Hillbilly Science Spectacular

2, 4, 6 p.m.: Kent Family Magic Circus

4 p.m.: Youth livestock auction with market buyer’s appreciation dinner to follow

6 to 11 p.m.: Free country music concert featuring Runaway Train and 141 North

SUNDAY — RACE DAY

9 a.m.: Youth horse show

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Exhibition building open

11 a.m. to close: Carnival open

Noon to 6 p.m.: Paula D (Wally Bouchey Pavilion)

1 to 10 p.m.: Bingo

1 p.m.: Fun Dog Show

1, 3, 5 p.m.: Hillbilly Science Spectacular

2 p.m.: Horse speed events

2, 4, 6 p.m.: Kent Family Magic Circus

4 p.m.: Labor Day 100 Race sponsored by the Dickinson County Race Association

MONDAY — SENIOR DAY

8 a.m.: Dickinson County 4-H Council Fun Horse Show registration

9 a.m.: Dickinson County 4-H Council Fun Horse Show

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Carnival open

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Exhibition building open

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Paula D (Wally Bouchey Pavilion)

TBD: Go Karts

11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m.: Hillbilly Science Spectacular

Noon, 2, 4 p.m.: Kent Family Magic Circus

1 to 5 p.m.: Bingo

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