Kenosha County Fair

Daily Buzz: The fair has music, music, music

The music lover will have daily reasons to attend the Kenosha County Fair.

A variety of acts coming to the Creekside Stage should mean most everyone finds something they can tap their foot — or bob their head — to.

Here’s the lineup and a little about each act:

  • Miss Behavin’ — Wednesday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. to midnight. The band’s Facebook page describes them as “an extraordinary female-fronted, high-energy party band that covers four decades of the best Classic Rock and R&B.”
  • The Toys — Thursday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. to midnight. Their My Space pages list the following as influences:  3 Doors Down, Alabama, All American Rejects, Big and Rich, The Charlie Daniels Band, Collective Soul, Daughtry, Dierks Bentley, Electric Light Orchestra, Erasure, Fall Out Boy, Finger 11, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Eat World, Joe Walsh, John Denver, Journey, The Killers, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, The Outfield, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rascal Flatts, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Rednex, Rodney Atkins, Seether, and Weezer.
  • Rebel Grace will appear on Friday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. to midnight. Their website describes the band as the “Midwest’s newest Country Band blending Original Music with all of your Favorite Country hits.
  • 4 Lane Highway will appear Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m. to midnight. The band features “rockin’ country” according to its website.
  • Class of ’62 will play on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. This five-piece band bills itself as a Buddy Holly tribute band and is becoming a fixture of the last night of the Fair.

There also is plenty of music, in a variety of genres, at the talent show, on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. at the Free Acts Stage near the Fair office.

Daily Buzz: Animal auctions a highlight of the fair

For many a youngster, the culmination of a year’s effort will be at the small and large animal auctions at the Kenosha County Fair.

The Large Animal Sale starts at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. The Small Animal Sale takes place on Sunday, Aug. 21, starting at 1:30 p.m.

The Fair puts the purpose of the auctions as:

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Daily Buzz: Fair has plenty of fare

If you’re going to the Kenosha County Fair, sometime you’re going to have to eat.

Lucky for you it’s hard to imagine another place where you can find such a variety of food, most of it decadently delicious, if perhaps not what your physician would like to see you consume on a regular basis.

As I have mentioned before, I have spent a fair amount of time at the Fair through the years. Consequently, I’ve eaten many a fFair food meal.

For my money, the best deals are available at the stands of the service clubs and other local organizations that serve food at the Fair as fundraisers for their good works. Some examples are Westosha Kiwanis, Kenosha County 4-H, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Farm Bureau. At these places, you’ll find food that is varied, delicious and well-priced.

Better save some room for a fried meal and a sweet treat.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 17-21.

Daily Buzz: Fair includes a chance for sweet bids

If bidding on beef, swine and poultry is not your thing, you still have other options at the Kenosha County Fair.

The annual pie auction takes place starting at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20,  in the auction building.

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Daily Buzz: Six vying for Fairest of the Fair

Judging for Kenosha County Fair Fairest of the Fair got under way tonight.

The six contestants are:

  • Keisha Berry, 19, of  Trevor.
  • Hannah Esch, 18, of Paris.
  • Lauren Vanderwerff, 20, of Salem.
  • Courtney Panek, 19, of Kenosha.
  • Renee Haney, 19, of Brighton.
  • Heather Edmonds, 20, of Randall.
This year’s Fairest of the Fair will be crowned at one of the first big events of the Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. The Fairest and her court members will then preside over numerous events for the rest of the Fair.  The Kenosha County Fair runs this year from Aug. 17 through Aug. 21.

Daily Buzz: Fair has daily fun

Some things only happen once a year at the Kenosha County Fair, which this year runs from Aug. 17-21.

But some of the entertainment happens every day, throughout the day.

Part of this daily entertainment line-up is Nick’s Kid Show, which has become a regular at the Fair in recent years.

Nick’s Kid Show features musical fun and entertainment for kids. Audience participation is big in Nick’s Show, which also is high energy with plenty of humor.

Also, featured daily will be:

Daily Buzz: Two days of combine crunching at the fair

Chances are sometime on TV or in person you’ve seen the spectacle of organized cars smashing together known as demolition derby.

But, put the Fair in an area where there’s still some agriculture going on, like Kenosha County, and unique events like combine demolition derby spring up.

Combine demolition derby takes the huge machines that farmers use to harvest corn, grains and soybeans and pits them against each other in the metal bending world of demolition derby. The results are one of a kind. The last combine in running order wins.

The Kenosha County Fair, which runs from Aug. 17 to 21 this year, has two nights of combine demolition derby — Wednesday and Thursday evening, as part of the truck and tractor pull program starting at 6:30 p.m. There’s no extra admission for the combine demo derby, which takes place in the Grandstand Area of the Wilmot Raceway right on the Fairgrounds.

Daily Buzz: Fair has two days of rides wristband specials

If you can’t get enough of the up and down and round and round of the midway rides at the Kenosha County Fair, then there are two days you will want to keep in mind.

There will be two midway wrist band promotion days at the Fair, which will allow unlimited riding during the promotion hours for a special price:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 18 – 1 to 6 p.m.

The fair takes place this year from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21 at the Fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Daily Buzz: Racing is for pigs too

You don’t have to be a sprint or stock car driver to go racing at the Kenosha County Fair, Aug. 17-21.

Robinson’s Racing Pigs, pigs that race — and swim — just for the reward of an Oreo cookie, have become a fixture at the fair, which takes place at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Florida-based Robinson’s has several units that travel the country with speeding swine. One will be stopping and performing daily at the Kenosha County Fair throughout each day of the fair.

Some of the little porkers run around an oval track. Others run and then plunge into a pool and swim to make the finish line. All are just trying to be the first to get the Oreo — their preferred cookie choice — that lies at the finish line.

Daily Buzz: Two demo derbies for more crunching, crashing fun

The sound of the fenders of two cars crunching can be sickening — unless you’re at the Kenosha County Fair’s demolition derbies.

There will be plenty of intentional crunching at the Wilmot Raceway on the fairgrounds on Sunday with two demolition derbies — one at 1 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.

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Daily Buzz: This fair has talent (show)

Fairgoers with talent can display their skills at the Kenosha County Fair.

The fair will host a talent show at the Free Acts Stage — one night only — on Thursday, Aug. 18, starting at 6 p.m. This is a change from previous years in which two shows were held.

The talent contests are open to amateurs ages 7 to adult. There are solo and group classes in each of the following categories:

Daily Buzz: Get commercial at the fair

The Commercial Building at the Kenosha County Fair hosts a wide variety of booths from the strictly commercial to the more philosophical.

Through the years I have seen booths from law enforcement, political parties, builders, media, sellers of all types of merchandise, and even cooking demonstrations. If for no other reason, a trip or two or three through the Commercial Building is worthwhile because many of them have fun stuff to give away, too.

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Daily Buzz: Hay bale toss contest is Friday evening at fair

If you’re the kind of person who likes to throw some weight around, the Kenosha County Fair has an event just for you.

The hay bale throwing contest will take place at 6:30 p.m., Friday of the fair. Pre-registration starts at 6 p.m. There is a $1 entry fee.

The premise is simple. Take a bale of hay and see how far you can toss it. Techniques vary.

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Daily Buzz: Powerful pedaling at pedal tractor pulls

Youngsters will be putting pedals to the metal on Thursday and Friday at the Kenosha County Fair as part of the annual Pedal Tractor Pulls. The competition is sponsored by Jockey International and is open to youngsters from 5 to 12 years old.

In pedal tractor pull, the kids pedal a special pedal-powered tractor pulling a sled that is a mini-version of the type used in engine-powered pulling competitions. The farther the competitor pedals, the heavier and harder to pull the sled becomes. The person that pulls the farthest with the most weight wins.

The competition is divided up into four classes: 5 to 6 year olds, 7 to 8 year olds, 9 to 10 year olds and 11 to 12 year olds. Prizes are awarded for the top finishers.

Competitors can register between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday of fair week at the 4-H exhibit buildings. The pull takes place nearby starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 17 through Aug. 21.

Daily Buzz: Get educated at the School Exhibits Building

If you’re looking for a place to get inspired about the school children you might check out the School Exhibits Building at the Kenosha County Fair.

The building is literally decorated wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling with school work of Kenosha County students. Some are art, some are more explanatory, all are visually interesting. Public and parochial elementary schools from anywhere in the county are eligible.

Students earn ribbons and premiums for their projects displayed in the building.

The school exhibits building is located just west of the Westosha Kiwanis food building and north of the Midway on the main east-west fairgrounds road.

The Kenosha County Fair runs Aug. 17-21 this year at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Daily Buzz: See the antique farm machinery display at the fair

For 44 years there has been an antique farm machinery exhibit at the Kenosha County Fair.

That’s a long time. But much of the equipment in this display will be considerably older.

Some of the machinery you might see includes:

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Daily Buzz: Still time to enter Fairest of the Fair

The 2010 Fairest of the Fair court

Leading up to this year’s Kenosha County fair, we will publish a daily news item about the event, which in keeping with this year’s theme, we will call the Daily Buzz. — DH

There’s not a lot of time left, but still some, for individuals interested in competing to be named Fairest of the Fair for this year’s Kenosha County Fair to submit their application.

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