by Jim Boyle
The Sherburne County Fair grandstand has been home to motocross, rodeos, demolition derbies and tractor pulls over the years.
But at this year’s Sherburne County Fair, there will be a concert in the grandstand, and not just any concert.
Hairball, a celebration of the best arena rock from ‘80s hair bands, will set up its own stage and begin their grandstand performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sherburne County Fairgrounds.
The band has been around for 15 years and now traverses a 10-state area. The band’s promoter promises a $100 show for only $20. He said they do way more than pay tribute to big name acts like Paul Stanley, Def Leppard, Dee Snyder, Van Halen and many more.
There will be pyrotechnics. There will be smoke. There will be lights. There will be sound. And there will be 8-foot-by-8-foot video screens to accent the show.
“It’s like an arena rock fashion show set to a sing-a-long,” according to a press release on the group’s website.
Floor tickets (on the dirt) are $25 and general admission in the bleachers are $20. Tickets are available at sherburnecountyfair.org.
There will continue to be music shows in the Lions Garden during the fair. Those acts will play on a newly constructed stage built with volunteer labor and more than $6,200 in materials from a $13,654 grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Local singer Shane Martin will be one of them.
See schedule on this page for show times and events.
The rest of the grant money will bring in Sherwin Linton, a chain saw artist, a blacksmith and a mural that was painted on the east side of the open class building, according to Irene Kostreba, a member of the Sherburne County Ag Society.
In addition to Hairball, the grandstand will host some tractor pulls and the always popular demolition derbies. New this year will be a youth demo derby for kids 13-15 years old.
The Sherburne County Fair Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.