Young riders buckle their seatbelts on the dragon roller coaster ride at the fair Thursday night.Larry Wasmund of Pounded Treasures, St. Paul, demonstrates the lost art of blacksmithing at the Rock County Fair Thursday afternoon, July 30.Bridget and Levi Thielbar watch as their ball bounces off the rims of glasses during a midway game at the Rock County Fair.Young riders buckle their seatbelts on the dragon roller coaster ride at the fair Thursday night.Eileen Hemme, Hardwick, won a Reserved Grand Champion ribbon for her entry in open class competition at the Floral Hall.Amy Kramer sells a Moose Tracks ice cream cup to Rex Metzger and his sons, Briggs and Brody in the Dairy Booth at the Rock County Fair Thursday.Produce entries in open class competition line the display shelves at the Floral Hall at the Rock County Fair Thursday.Theresa Kramer scoops ice cream Thursday afternoon to keep up with customers in the Dairy Booth at the Rock County Fair.Crowds begin to filter into the midway as the lights come up and the sun goes down.Lori Sorenson photoHadley (front) and Emery Vanderburg enjoy a motorcycle ride on the midway at the fairgrounds Thursday night. Their sister, Trinley (not pictured), was in the car behind them.Trevor Mente lowers the sledgehammer to ring the bell at a midway game on the Rock County Fairgrounds Thursday night.Hailey Moser is about to enjoy a blue snow cone on the midway at the fair Thursday night.Deegan Stoffel retrieves a duck to turn in for a prize on the midway at the Rock County Fair Thursday night.The midway lights come up as the sun goes down Thursday night at the midway.Riley Severtson, Whitney Elbers and Mackenzie Peterson wait for their ride to start on the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Rock County Fair Thursday night.At Saturday night’s Parade of Champions, senior beef showman champion Tommy Norman (holding heifer) poses with the beef project award winners. Pictured behind Norman from left are Claire Popkes, Dalton Popkes, Hannah Kruse, Jacob Raak, Matthew Raak, Caleb Raak, Jenna Schelhaas, Joshua Raak, Sean Elbers, Megan Popkes, Trevor Mente, Ellen Dahl, Austin Ossefoort, Dylan Mente, Jared Leuthold and Payton Fick.Luverne artist Cindy Reverts demonstrates using a pottery wheel, displaying several of her creations Friday.The Rock County Horse Project flag unfurls in the gentle breeze Saturday morning during the singing of the National Anthem by 4-H’ers Thea Richards, Andrea Severtson and Adam Fodness to open the games show. Pictured from left are Mary Christians, Brianna Duerr and Kennedy Safer.The Ida Reverts Memorial Floral Hall is lit up Wednesday night as the open class projects are judged and awarded ribbons.Jenna Schelhaas convinces her market steer named Jedidah to give her a kiss during Saturday morning’s Ribbon Auction.Luverne native and horse judge Joe Rowe walks over the bridge at Friday’s horse show as he demonstrates the elements of the trail class to intermediate and junior horse exhibitors.Four-year-old Carter Peterson sits in the wagon Wednesday afternoon with a toilet paper roll creation he completed with his great-grandmother Lorraine Stoel of Luverne. The arts project along with other projects in the wagon were entered by his mom, Chelsey Schmidt of Brandon, South Dakota, in the open class divisions of the Rock County Fair.Live poultry exhibits are not allowed at any Minnesota fair due to the avian flu, but Rock County poultry project participants brought in various displays for fair-goers like Maddox, 2, (top) and Mason, 4, to learn more about poultry. They are the sons of Matt and LeRisa Walters of Luverne.Cloverbud Kailee Sandbulte shows her clothes-you-buy outfit Friday night, July 31, under the tent outside of the 4-H food stand and exhibit building.Saturday morning’s ribbon auction allows 4-H’ers of market animals to sell their ribbon to offset expenses raising the animal. Pictured above (from left) are auctioneer Bryan Fodness, goat exhibitor and blue ribbon winner Luke Fuerstenberg, with auctioneers Andrew Fodness, Yvette Vander Brink and Duane Mulder.Judge Carol Christopherson talks with the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club members about their scarecrow entry “Rock County Fair Rocks” Wednesday afternoon, July 29, during entry day for club and perishable item exhibits.Judge Melissa Runck takes a closer look at Christian Kruse’s black face market lamb during Thursday afternoon’s sheep show.Friends of Dylan Mente (holding sheep) take partial credit as the “sheep pit crew” for Mente’s reserve champion intermediate showman performance Thursday afternoon. Pictured from left are Isaac Wiley, Trevor Mente, Payton Fick, Mente and Josh Wiley.Sheep don colorful blankets to keep clean for Thursday afternoon’s sheep show.Three generations of the Raak family coax a dairy heifer back to the cattle barn after the Thursday morning dairy show. Pushing are (from left) Jacob Raak, Irwin Raak and Philip Raak with Ailynn Johnson pulling the lead chain.Keeping their hogs moving during Thursday morning’s swine show are handler Riley Baker and exhibitors Tanner Baustian and Tyler Fick and Aleck Schoeneman.Judge Scott Place talks with exhibitor Leif Tollefson of the Blue Ribbon Club about the zucchini and cucumber plants he brought Wednesday afternoon for his gardening exhibit.Rabbit Judge Jana Luitjens takes a closer look at a French Lop rabbit during Wednesday night’s rabbit show. Watching are (from left) rabbit holder Tory Knobloch and exhibitors Grace Sandbulte, Dennie Sandbulte and Daynica Pap.Adayla Rouzer tidies up her area of the livestock barn Friday afternoon at the fair.Participants in horsemanship wait for their turn to compete Friday afternoon in the horse arena. Pictured are (from left) Cody Sasker, Adam Fodness, Andrea Severtson, Meranda Fick, and Dean Fuerstenberg. Brody Bonnett looks slyly over his shoulder at the horse arena Friday.Kennedy Safar waits patiently for her turn in the horse arena Friday.

Fun for all at the Fair

Rock County Fair attracts solid crowds for first few nights of activities

Pleasant summer weather and a variety of events and activities attracted solid crowds to the Rock County Fairgrounds for the first few days of public attendance.

4-H judging started on Monday, July 27, and shows opened Wednesday, July 30, with the fair continuing through Saturday night.

In what’s been dubbed the “Salute to Agriculture Night” in the grandstands, micro sprinters, hobby stock, a pure stock class and supercharger/front-wheel drive category were featured in Thursday night's grandstand event.

The Arch Allies Tribute Band will be Friday night's grandstand attraction, and Enduro Races will wrap up the fair in the grandstands Saturday night.


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