July 14, 2010

County Fair offers family fun

By Tina Foreman
Farmer Staff Writer

Its here - the McKenzie County Fair kicks off this week with fun, food and tons of entertainment for everyone.
“Even though we don’t have a carnival or any inflatables this year, the fair is still packed with fun” says Janel Lee, McKenzie County Fair Board member. “We have lots of family entertainment, from stunt riders to clowns and lots of stuff in-between.”
For kids looking for some cuddly fun, the Petting Zoo offers baby animals including pigs, llamas, goats, chickens, and a lot more. The Petting Zoo gives kids and adults the opportunity to feed, pet and play with just about any livestock you can think of.
For kids who are less into animals or have their own livestock at home, Curly’s Funtastic Kid Zone will be back again this year with endless opportunities for fun. The Kid Zone offers crafts, bubbles, basketball and even a beach. With eight stations for kids to pick from, there is sure to be something for everyone, and best of all, it’s free of charge.
The Fair Board didn’t forget about the older kids and thrill-seekers. For them, they’ve included the NDRA Rodeo, with one performance on Saturday afternoon and the Play with Gravity Motorcycle Stunt Team will be performing throughout the day on Saturday.
Play with Gravity Motorcycle Stunts is a showcase of various stunts based on the sport of observed trials competition. The stunts showcase balance, finesse and complete control of a specially-built motorcycle. The Gravity rider’s jumps and stunts are sure to excite audience members of all ages.
In addition to the Play with Gravity shows, the Wade Henry Show will also be performing throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.
Wade is an accomplished juggler, unicyclist, ropewalker, fire-eater, equilibriast, magician, speaker and comic. His show is not only amazing, but also includes crowd interaction. Over the past 12 years, the Wade Henry Show has become phenomenally popular at fairs, festivals and rodeos, so you won’t want to miss your chance to check it out.
If you’re interested in cars instead of animals, your fun may come in the form of the Demolition  Derby or the Pinewood Derby, both being held  on Friday. And if you’re a busy mom, you can check out the 4-H exhibit building for great seminars and demonstrations on cooking and home safety,
With these fun acts plus a whole lot more, you won’t want to miss out on the most exciting weekend in McKenzie County. The fair starts on Wednesday, July 14 and runs through Saturday, July 17.