126th Iron County Fair offers fun for all ages

Using tried-and-true products like Fels Naphta, Arm & Hammer and 20 Mule Team Borax, 4-H members work on making soap. From left are Kaitlyn Smith, Autumn Smith, Ariella Stafford, Callista Bortolameolli (using the scraper) and Maddie Anderson.

IRON RIVER—Now in its 126th year, the Iron County Fair offers fun for young children to senior citizens and everybody in between.  
    This year’s fair runs from Aug. 9 to 13 at the Iron County Fairgrounds. A mixture of the tried and true to the relatively new awaits fairgoers this summer.
    The fair begins at noon on Wednesday for entry day and stays open until 7 p.m.
    Senior Day follows on Thursday, including music by Jim Clement from noon to 3 p.m. and a senior lunch at noon in the bandstand. The 4-H Open Class Exhibit judging and an arts and crafts sale continue all day, while the Horse Fun Night begins at 4 p.m. in the horse arena.
    A kids’ coin scramble is set for 6 p.m. in the rotunda, with live music by Kyndrid Acoustic from 6 to 9 p.m. in the rotunda.
    A ceremony to dedicate the walkway from the grandstand to the rotunda to long-time Fair Board member and 4-H leader James Barry will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the rotunda.
    The Friend of the Fair award will also be presented at that time.
    The Miss Iron County queen contest begins with speeches in the bandstand beginning at 4:30. The contest will be held starting at 7 p.m. in the rotunda. Five candidates will vie for this year’s crown.
    On Friday, livestock judging starts at 9 a.m. with market livestock judging kicking off at 1 p.m. Bingo is back this year, and the first round begins at noon in the bandstand.
    Another smash from last year, the Kiddie Demo, returns
 for its second summer. The event, which starts at 5 p.m. in the rotunda, puts kids in power-wheel vehicles. Cost to enter this year is $5 per child, and participants will need to sign a waiver.
    Old Friends will start the music portion of the evening at 6 p.m. in the bandstand. Next Myle will also play beginning at 7 p.m. in the grandstand. The Next Myle show is a free gate.
    Saturday begins with speed events in the horse arena at 9 a.m. while Down on the Farm begins at 11 a.m. in the rotunda. A dedication ceremony honoring Wade Comish will be held just before Down on the Farm starts. The poultry wing will be dedicated to Comish, who was very active with the fair and many community organizations throughout his lifetime.
    Karaoke will also start at 11 a.m. in the bandstand, while the market livestock auction begins at 2 p.m. in the rotunda.     An arts and crafts sale continues throughout Saturday, as well.
    Saturday evening is highlighted by the popular Demolition Derby, which gets revved up at 6 p.m. in the grandstand. The demo will be put on this year by the West Iron County Fire Department.
    Live music by Midnight Storm from 6 to 9 p.m. will conclude the day.
    Sunday starts with a loggers/farmers’ breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. in the bandstand. The performance show in the horse arena gets underway at 9 a.m., while rabbit showmanship starts at 10 in the rotunda.
    New this year on Sunday will be a tricycle race in the rotunda at 1 p.m.
    The selfie contest winner will be announced at 1:30 in the rotunda, while Soundz of Time will entertain fairgoers with live music from 2 to 5 p.m. in the bandstand.
    The Iron County Fair Raffle will be held in the rotunda this year beginning at 3.
    Exhibits and livestock will be released at 5 p.m.
    Seasonal parking costs $5 with a walk-in admission of $1. Demo derby admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children.
    Earl’s Rides of Weyauwega, Wis., is back as the carnival provider.