Our Town Iron River: A Fair time to be had in Iron County this week
IRON RIVER — The 127th Iron County Fair is in full swing and will continue through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Iron River.
Today is Senior Day, with a free lunch from noon to 3 p.m. at the bandstand and other activities for local senior citizens.
An arts and crafts sale and judging for the 4-H open class exhibits will take place throughout the day today. The antique farm equipment display is set up for all four days of the fair as well.
The carnival, operated by Earl’s Rides of Weyauwega, Wis., opens at 2 p.m. today and also runs through Sunday.
Cost of tickets today are three for $5. Unlimited rides will be offered for a $20 wristband from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Rides Sunday will cost one $2 ticket each.
Music by Jim Clement can be heard from noon to 3 p.m. today in the bandstand.
Horse fun events begin at 4 p.m. today in the rodeo arena, followed by speeches from Miss Iron County Fair Queen candidates at the bandstand at 4:30 p.m. and the kids’ coin scramble at 6 p.m. in the rotunda.
Kyndrid Acoustic will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. today in the rotunda, which at 6:30 p.m. also will host dedications and the Friend of the Fair award.
The winner of the queen contest will be announced at 7 p.m. in the rotunda.
Friday is livestock judging day, starting at 9 a.m. in the rotunda. Market livestock judging begins at 1 p.m.
Market livestock auctions will be 6 p.m. Friday in the rotunda.
The Emergency Service Expo takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. near the cattle barn.
Mid Nite Storm will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the bandstand.
New this year is the cornhole tournament in the grandstand. Registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, with the tournament to start at 7 p.m. Two-person teams will play for a chance at $400 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third.
Saturday starts off at 9 a.m. with horse speed events in the arena, followed by a “Down on the Farm” presentation at 11 a.m. in the rotunda and karaoke at the same time at the bandstand.
The kiddie demolition derby, a fair favorite, will be 2 p.m. in the rotunda. Ages 3 to 7 can participate in the event, competing in power-wheel-type vehicles. Entry fee is $5 per child. The winners will receive a treat after the derby.
Another fair highlight — the demolition derby — starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in the grandstand. This event is sponsored by the West Iron Fire Department and will feature compacts, midsize, stock, mild weld and X Class, along with a Mad Dog Award.
The drivers’ meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Gate registration is $35 per car or $50 for X Class, and $10 each driver and crew.
First-place payouts are $500 for compacts; $500 for midsize; $1,000 for stock; $1,000 for mild weld; and $2,500 for X Class, with a minimum field of six cars.
The group Old Friends will play from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the bandstand.
Sunday opens with the loggers/farmers breakfast at 7 a.m. at the bandstand. The open class horse show is at 9 a.m. in the arena.
The rotunda will host rabbit showmanship at 10 a.m., with the “backseat driver” and tricycle races set to start at 1 p.m.
The Logging Expo begins at noon in the grandstand.
Sounds of Time will play from 2 to 5 p.m. at the bandstand.
Drawings for winners will be done at 3 p.m. in the grandstand.
All exhibits and livestock will be released at 5 p.m.
Prices for parking, admission and demolition derby have not changed.
Seasonal parking costs $5, with a walk-in admission of $1. Demolition derby admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children.