Published On: Thu, Jul 6th, 2017

Gearing up for the Fair

RANDOLPH — A car show, antique tractors, a hometown carnival, home economic exhibits, a livestock show, golf, softball, a fun run/walk and even dancing will be part of the 2017 Randolph Community Fair.
There will be lots of fun and food at the Randolph Community Fair which is coming up on July 7, 8 and 9.
A lot of work goes into planning and putting on the annual event according to Tom Shafer, President of the Randolph Community Club.
“We are very fortunate to have such good help. Individuals and local organizations are in charge of each event during the fair,” Shafer said. “There is a lot going on.”
The Randolph Fair starts out on Friday evening with a Family Fun Night at the City Park which includes a 6 p.m. live performance by Dino O’Dell and a Farmers Obstacle Course, for ages nine and under, at 7 p.m. A Laser Barn, free for all ages, will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Lied Randolph Public Library. R.O.A.R. (Reach Out Around Randolph) will have food available during the evening.
Home Economic exhibits, which includes gardening, homemaking, food preservation, clothing, cake decorating, safety and photography, will be on display at the Randolph High School Commons on Saturday.
Exhibits will be checked in at 7:30 a.m.
There is no pre-registration according to Patty Starkel, who is coordinating the event.
Judging will take place in the morning and ribbons and premium money will be awarded for each item.
The event is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Starkel welcomes and encourages people to stop in and look at all of the exhibits.
Some of the finest 4-H and FFA livestock will be shown at the Livestock Show on Saturday.
The event at the City Park will include beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine.
Dennis Bazata, who is in charge of the Livestock Show, would like to have the animals in place no later than 8:30 a.m.
Judging will be done in a shaded area and bleachers will be provided for spectators.
A Fun Run/Walk begins at the City Park entrance at 8 a.m. There is no entry fee.
The fourth annual “Kelly Jo Swanson Memorial” Co-ed Softball Tournament will also take place on Saturday.
Eight teams will be competing this year according to Jackie Haselhorst, who is helping coordinate the event.
Proceeds from the Tournament and a bake sale, which will be held at the Senior Center, will go to the Relay for Life to help with the fight against cancer.
The Lyle Nannen Memorial Four-Person Scramble is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Randolph Community Golf Course.
There is a $200 fee for a team. A meal will be included.
Visitors can stop in at the Senior Center for lunch. Sloppy joes and hot dogs along with desserts will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The “Breakaway Band” will provide the music for the Street Dance on Saturday evening. Dancing starts at 9 p.m and continues until 1 a.m.
Sunday starts off with a Fireman’s Omelet Breakfast at the City Auditorium. Serving will be from 8 a.m until noon.
The Randolph FFA Booster Car Show will be a big attraction during the fair.
Antique, vintage, classic and muscle cars will be on display in the downtown area on Main and Broadway Streets.
This is the second year for the Car Show according to Ted Thelen.
“Last year we had close to 60 cars. I am hoping to have 100 cars this year,” Thelen said.
Registration for the Car Show will take place at Mrs. Bubba’s on Broadway Street.
First, second and third place awards will be given for each class according to Thelen.
A parade, which includes the cars for the Car Show and antique tractors, will take place at 4 p.m. The parade will start in the downtown area, go up by the Nursing Home, continue around the horn, and end up back downtown according to Thelen.
The Antique Tractor Display should be in place at the City Park by 11 a.m.
Close to 30 antique tractors participated in the Antique Tractor Show during the Fair last year according to Chris Winkelbauer.
“It is amazing to see the number of people who will bring a tractor in for the show,” Winkelbauer said. “They show up with their tractor and the stories will start to flow.”
The Randolph City Pool is offering free swimming on Sunday afternoon.
A Hometown Carnival, which will include Hilltop Ponies and a variety of fun inflatables, will be set up from 5:30 to 9:30 at the City Park. Wrist bands will be available for seven dollars. Visitors will be able to enjoy funnel cakes, snow cones and more. The event is sponsored by the Randolph Community Club and Wattier True Value.
A community BBQ at the City Park will close out the last night of the Randolph Fair.
The BBQ, which starts at 6 p.m., will be followed by a presentation of awards at 7  p.m.
A Farm Family Award and a Good Neighbor Award will be handed out and the Employee of the Year will be honored, as well.
“Judges will select the winners from nominations that have been turned in,” Shafer said. “Plaques will be presented.”
The drawing for the winning ticket for the ATV will take place during the BBQ on Sunday evening.
Tickets for a chance to win the ATV can be purchased from a Randolph fireman.
The proceeds from the fund raiser, which was sponsored by the Randolph Volunteer Fire Dept, will go towards updating the fire equipment.
The Randolph Community Club, sponsors of the Randolph Community Fair, issues an invitation to residents in the community and others to come to Randolph and join in the fun this next weekend.