Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2011

Cedar Co. Fair hits town this week

HARTINGTON — The Cedar County Fair kicks off Wednesday, July 13, and runs through Sunday, July 17.
Everything from a rodeo to stock car races, along with some of the top entertainment in the country, has been scheduled for the five-day Cedar County Fair.

Fair-goers can enter a “Best Pie in the County” competition or try their luck in a “Dutch Oven Cook Off.” Kids can win a prize in a Pedal Pull or have their face painted like a clown.
Visitors can play Bingo and watch Chainsaw Carving and even purchase one of the unique creations at an auction.
If anyone is interested, they can take in a “Dog and Cat Show” Wednesday or take a peek at the exotic animals which will be coming in Thursday afternoon.
Plans are in place for a Hamburger Feed (while the food lasts) Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m., and an Ice Cream Social, which will be held Sunday afternoon.
The “Old Time Fiddlers” will take you back in time with their foot stamping music Sunday.
The 4-H involvement at the fair this year will see an increase in the number of Clover Kids which includes kids from five to seven years of age.
The number has tripled in the last year, according to Mary Lou Steffen at the Cedar County Extension Office. Clover Kids will be involved in two new 4-H projects at the fair this year.
The Clover Kids learned all about raising baby chickens through a Pick-a-Chick project when they took five to six baby chicks home to care for and feed.
“Eleven Clover Kids will be exhibiting their baby chicks as part of the Small Animal Show,” Steffen said.
The colored t-shirts, which the Clover Kids decorated by using a bleach wash, will also be on display.
The concert and the rodeo are expected to draw crowds from a large area, said Cedar County Ag co-chairman Larry Dybdal.
“We really appreciate the support we receive from the community and the sponsors we have for the entertainment. We could never afford to bring in this kind of entertainment without this support and the attendance,” Dybdal said.
The AK-SAR-BEN awards will be announced at 7 p.m., Wednesday and will be followed by the Triumphant Sound Quartet at the Grandstand.
The joyful music of the Quartet has blessed and encouraged people wherever they have performed.
Members of the Triumphant Sound Quartet believe in Ephesians 5:19-20: “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The team penning/sorting competition is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, also.
According to Dybdal the same $5 ticket will get visitors into both the concert at the Grandstand and the team penning competition.
The Championship Rodeo, which has proven to be a very popular event for the past 11 years, will be held Thursday.
“People really come out for the rodeo,” Dybdal said. “We have a lot of contestants and we always have a good audience.”
Friday night will feature “Trailer Choir” with “Gotcha Covered” as the opening and closing band.
The popular band “Diamond Rio” will take the stage Saturday with “Them Other Dudes” opening and closing the show.
The Stock Car Races will close out the Fair Sunday evening.
“There are a lot of cars entered and we should have a good turn-out if the weather holds,” Dybdal said. “We will be auctioning off  some of the chainsaw carvings during the intermission at the races.”
There is free admission into the fairgrounds.