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Fair time in Florence County

RICK TADDY OF Reedsville, Wis., and draft horses Jim and Bill participate in the lightweight division of the draft horse pull at the 2018 annual Florence County Fair. The 116th fair opens Friday in Florence, Wis. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

FLORENCE, Wis. — It will be “A Fair to Remember!” at the 116th annual Florence County Fair set for Friday through Sunday in Florence.

Thursday is a working day at the fair, when all exhibits are judged and then the displays are created. For this reason, fair organizers ask that exhibitors and the public wait until Friday to enter the exhibit building to view the displays.

Friday starts with Senior Citizen Day activities beginning at 1 p.m.

There will be a small change to the schedule this year, with bingo to be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Seniors then will have the opportunity to browse and view booths highlighting different area services geared toward seniors and participate in some health screenings from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Many booths will be giving coupons to seniors for free food and beverages at the fair.

Entry is free for all seniors before 4 p.m. There also is a $5 senior discount for the rest of the fair.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office will have a fundraiser Friday for the K-9 unit. Deputies will serving a cod plate fish fry, which includes cod, coleslaw, french fries and bread. Cost will be $12 for adults and $6 for kids 10 and younger. All proceeds raised from the sale will go to the K-9 fund.

The fair officially opens at 5:30 p.m. Immediately after opening ceremony will be a special ceremony recognizing the volunteers of Blue Ox Trail Riders, followed by the crowning of 2019 Junior Fairest of the Fair.

A Garden Tractor Pull with the U.P. Garden Tractor Pullers is set for 6 p.m. Music also begins at 6 p.m. with Jessie McPherson, followed by the Billy Jack Band from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, the mud begins to fly at the Mud Bog at noon. Registration for the Mud Bog is 7 to 10:30 a.m.

Music for the day includes the Horizon band at 1 p.m., Vickie’s Karaoke at 4 p.m. and closing the night will be Next Myle from 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday’s kids activities include: a Secret Life of Pets Tea Party, Air-Powered Rocket Workshops, magic shows and strolling magic with magician Jim Lenz, kids’ cookie decorating, coin scramble, old-fashioned hands-on kids games, kids cricket spitting contest and more. Saturday inflatable rides also will be available for an additional charge.

Sunday begins at 10 a.m. with a polka mass with Jerry Voelker and The Jolly Gents, sponsored by St. Mary’s Church in Florence. Polka music also will be played after mass from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Classic Car and Motorcycle Show begins with registration from 9 a.m. to noon and awards being given at 2 p.m. The draft horse pull is set for 4 p.m. in the arena.

Other activities for the day include magic shows and strolling magic with magician Jim Lenz, music by Lovin’ Country from 1 to 4 p.m. and old-fashioned hands-on kids games.

Also new this year on Sunday morning will be ATV/UTV games.

For a more information and a complete schedule of events, go to the Florence County Fair online at www.florencecountyfair.com, call the fair at 906-282-9153 or e-mail the fair at florencecountyfair@hotmail.com.

Admission to the fair is $10 per person for ages 12 and older, and is good for the entire fair weekend. Admission for seniors ages 65 and older and fair exhibitors ages 12 and older is $5. Kids 11 and younger are admitted free.

A special Sunday-only admission price will be offered for ages 12 and older — note that those who already purchased admission do not have to pay again the entire weekend.

The Florence County Fair Park is at 5505 County Highway N, just 1/3-mile south of U.S. 2 in Florence.

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