Home Grown Fun is the theme of this year’s Calumet County Fair scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day).
The fair is held at the county fairgrounds located on Chilton’s southwest side.
Parking is free and admission also is free on Friday before 1 p. m. After 1 p. m. admission is $3 per person or $10 per carload. Admission every other day is $6 per person. A full weekend admission pass is $15.
Another free admission opportunity is Saturday from noon to 1 p. m. with a nonperishable food item. Monday is Military Day with military personnel/ veterans receiving free admission with a military identification (please see the related story elsewhere in this section).
Grandstand shows carry an extra admission fee, generally $3 per person although Monday’s Smash Fest is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 7 to 15. Other grandstand events include the Dairyland Donkey Races on Friday, a Tractor Pull and Semi Pull on Saturday, and the Catch-a-Pig Contest on Sunday.
Dani Mortenson, 4-H youth outreach summer intern with the Calumet County University of Wisconsin-Extension, put together the following rundown of some of the events and aspects of this year’s Calumet County Fair:
4-H at the fair
Again this year, free face painting for youths will happen near the 4-H buildings. Look for a canopy tent with smiling cherub faces decked out in Hello Kitty, Minion, and various farm animal designs.
Exhibit and animal judging occurs Thursday to Sunday; after that, people can find everyone’s handiwork on display in the Brantmeier building, the Livestock Buildings, or by attending a fair auction.
The 4-H Archery Shoot has become a fair favorite as county mentors guide a growing number of youths in marksmanship competition.
Calumet County 4-H hosts this hilarious activity where teams compete in minute-long, silly, skill-based tasks for prizes and the pride of becoming a Minute-to-Win-It Ninja on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p. m. in the Family Entertainment Tent. Audience members are welcome to play.
4-H Family Feud
Saturday and Sunday at 1 p. m. in the Family Entertainment Tent, 4-H families and their friends have signed up to play a live version of a TV game show favorite, The Family Feud. Prepare to laugh and cheer on the favorite family or group of friends. All ages are welcome to play the game. Contact 4-HIntern@co. calumet. wi. us if interested in signing a family or group up to play.
Fair-wide 4-H Scavenger Hunt
Youths ages 7 to 18 can complete a list of items and return to the Scavenger Hunt Box in the Brantmeier Building. Completed lists will be drawn for prizes at 5:30 p. m. on Saturday. Compete as an individual or as a team.
Going, going, gone
Hear the motor mouths of the fair at the 4-H Foods Auction Friday at 5 p. m., the Market Animal Sale on Sunday at noon, and at the Pallet Crafts Auction Sunday at 5 p. m. Not shopping for blue-ribbon pie or beef? It is worth a visit just to try to decipher the auctioneer.
Giving back to the community
Ducks for Dystonia—Calumet County 4-H Teen Leaders are leading the charge to help one of our own community families, the Bures family, as they care for their son, Jonah. Jonah has a progressively worsening mixed movement disease that affects his muscles, yet he is fully aware mentally. Ducks for Dystonia is a Duck Race 50/50 raffle being held Saturday and Sunday ($1/duck) at the fairgrounds. The duck race will be held at 5:15 p. m. on Sunday in the river behind the fairgrounds. Donations also will be accepted alternatively at www.gofundme.com/gigglesandwiggles.
fair cravings while supporting 4-H activities in the community by visiting the 4-H food stand and enjoying freshly made treats and fair favorites.
Also, bring nonperishable items for donation on Saturday for free general fair admission between noon and 1 p. m.
Donkey races will keep people laughing non-stop. “Donkey jockeys” made up of community members, family, and friends are not too proud to get into the starting gates on Friday at 7 p. m.
The Tractor and Semi Truck Pull on Saturday at 7 p. m. is a perennial favorite. Catch-a Pig makes a comeback on Sunday at 3 p. m., and Smashfest closes out the fair in the afternoon at the grandstand at 3 p. m.
This daring entertainer offers an exciting, entertaining and educational look at one of the most impressive reptile exhibits in the U. S. The show features more than 75 species of reptiles including giant snakes, massive lizards, huge turtles, and many crocodiles. Shows will be held Friday to Monday at noon, 2 and 5 p. m.
Spinning, swinging, squealing
Carnival rides: Friday, 1 to 9 p. m., all rides $1; Saturday, noon to 9 p. m., unlimited rides for $25 from 1 to 9 p. m., $22 from 3 to 9 p. m., $20 from 5 to 9 p. m., or $13 from 7 to 9 p. m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p. m. (10 tickets for $20); Monday, 11:30 a. m. to 2:30 p. m., $15 wristband
Shake, rattle, and roll
Toe-tapping music abounds this year with The Biermen on Friday from 4 to 6 p. m. in the Pavilion, followed by The Star Fire Family Band entertaining from 6 to 10 p. m. Saturday the fair welcomes Bad Habitz (4 to 7:30 p. m.) followed by Bella Cain. Eminence will take over the Family Entertainment Tent from 7:30 to 10:30 p. m. Saturday night.
Voices of Peace start out Sunday morning, followed by church service in the Family Entertainment Tent. Later on, celebrated local band Vic Ferrari opens at 4 p. m. until 7:30 p. m., followed by Road Trip, both in the Pavilion.
Monday, Still Cruis’in performs at 3 p. m. in the park and Jerry Schneider and Musical Brass close out the fair from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. in the Pavilion.
Labor Day at the Fair
Monday is packed with fun for your day off. The Horse Promoters Speed Show starts the morning off at 9:30 a. m. The Car Show, the Archery Shoot, and Military Salute commence at 10 a. m. Ag Olympics take center stage in the Harder-Goeldi Building at 12:30 p. m., where people can watch youths have fun competing in silly agriculture-related games.
For more information about the fair
check out www.calumetcountyfair.com.