County fair opens July 14 in Elk River

by Briana Sutherland
Contributing writer
The Sherburne County Fair in Elk River is bursting with activities for the whole family from July 14-17.
Family Feud, a fiddle competition and fried food are just some of the fun things in store for fair-goers this year.
4-H members are busy with events such as a horse show on Thursday, a llama show on Friday and a new aquatic robotics activity in the Exhibit Building on Saturday.
The county fair parade will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. beginning at Rush and Main Street in Elk River and ending behind the fairgrounds at the corner of Joplin.
If live entertainment is what you’re after, stop by the Grandstand on Thursday to enjoy the Battle of the Bands contest from 7 p.m.-11p.m. Local bands battle for the chance at the first place prize of $500.  Or head over to the Free Stage on Saturday to enjoy the 2011 Talent Contest.  Only good, clean family entertainment is allowed and the winner in each of the three divisions (pre-teen, teen and open ages) will go on to represent Sherburne County at the Minnesota State Fair talent show in August.
If dirt and diesel fuel is what you crave, the truck and tractor pull happens at 3 p.m. on Saturday. One of the crowd favorites, the demolition derby takes place on Sunday from 1-7:30 p.m. in the Grandstand.
There are plenty of activities for children as well. If a prince or princess (ages 3-4), king or queen (ages 5-6) or duke and duchess (ages 7-8) currently reside at your house sign then up for the Tiny Tots Royalty Pageant. A winner in each category will be awarded this title, along with a crown, sash, custom plaque, goodie bag, a special grand prize and the opportunity to represent the Sherburne County Fair wherever they go.
The Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull is another way for children ages four to 11 years old to be involved in the fair festivities.  First and second place winners will be able to advance to the Minnesota State Pedal Tractor Pull.  No entry fee is required and all equipment, including the pedal tractors is provided to each contestant.
No matter the size of your family or the fair food you crave, there’s something for everyone at the Sherburne County Fair. For more information visit www.sherburnecountyfair.org.

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