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Calling all senior citizens to come to the fair

Mark your calendars for Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 12-15, and plan to be at the county's biggest summer event, the Pierce County Fair.

With four jam-packed days of activities and entertainment, you won't want to miss a minute. Join us as we celebrate our 127th fair.

For the multiple day fair-goers, you can purchase a season pass from area businesses instead of paying the daily admission.

Otherwise, if you only attend one day, plan on Friday, Aug. 13, for Senior Citizen's Day. We have a special admission price for our age 62 and better fair-goers. With your paid admission, you will receive a free coupon book filled with valuable coupons to be used during the fair and after the event. Check out the coupon book to see what is available for you to use during your visit with us that day.

Don't forget to come early and watch the "Most Admired Senior Citizen" program to take place in the Coca Cola Family Entertainment Tent at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Several Pierce County senior citizens will be recognized for their unselfish commitment to volunteer to help others.

Stop by the picnic shelter located just to the south of the Senior Citizens Building. Entertainment will be provided at this location under the covered open-air shelter, providing plenty of benches and shade for your enjoyment.

New this year, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services will do a Power Line Safety Demonstration starting at 10 a.m., prior to the Most Admired Senior Citizen program. Glen Everhart will offer a variety of music selections with a little bit of comedy thrown in for your enjoyment. Be ready f or the comic juggling skills of Dan Kirk, a/k/a The Juggler with the Yellow Shoes, who will be strolling throughout the grounds at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will do a stage performance at 3:30 p.m.

Listen for the laughter from the ever-funny Terry Davolt, hypnotist. He will perform at 1 and 4:15 p.m.

There is something for everyone, with free entertainment running all day through 6 p.m., when the night air waves will be filled with the very entertaining "Divas through the Decades." This is a musical tribute show and will perform three different shows at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Check out Fantasy Corral's animal exhibit located west of the rainbow bathrooms. If you missed it the last several years, you won't want to miss it this year. This is an educational, agricultural and interactive exhibit for young and old alike. It will feature a variety of different breeds of sheep, camels, zebras, wallabies and etc.

Judging at the fair is done throughout the whole week. However, on Friday, Senior Citizen's Day, we have large animal judging taking place. Be sure to stop up to the east side of the cattle arena to watch the Junior Beef show starting at 8:45 a.m. and the Open Dairy show starting at 9 a.m. on the west end. The Drewiske Arena will feature the Junior Swine show at 9:30 a.m. and the Junior Goat show will follow in the afternoon promptly at 1 p.m. It is a very enjoyable day to watch the youth of the county as well as the local farmers show off their animals.

Don't forget the 4-H/FFA Meat Animal Auction is always a highlight on Friday night in the Cattle Arena at 6:30 p.m. Come see the local businesses bid on the animals the youth have worked hard on all summer long.

The food choices at the fair are second to none. S-N-L Delights from Hammond will be our new food vendor this year, offering yummy mini-donuts--always a fair favorite. They will offer three varieties of cinnamon sugar, white or chocolate glazed or rainbow sprinkles. Island Noodles from River Falls will be back for their third year, offering Yaki-Soba noodles, wok fired with fresh ginger, garlic and a medley of 21 fresh vegetables stir-fried in a light island sauce. As always, you can't beat the traditional hot beef plate, fresh baked pies, corn on the cob or sizzling hamburgers too. Umm good!

Remember, there are four food booths located behind the Freier School and the Senior Citizen building offering deep fried treats, yummy fruit delights, island noodles and the new mini donuts.

Try to join us for the fair's opening ceremony that will take place on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter. We will be saluting veterans again on Thursday with free admission. The veterans will present the opening flag ceremony.

For a complete list of all fair activities, watch the local papers and shoppers for a detailed flyer, visit our website at or call the fair office at 715-273-6874.