EMBARRASS- It’s time to get ready for the Embarrass Region Fair. This event has been held almost every year for over 80 years. It’s a chance to remember the area’s agricultural …
EMBARRASS- It’s time to get ready for the Embarrass Region Fair. This event has been held almost every year for over 80 years. It’s a chance to remember the area’s agricultural roots, and to see the talents and ingenuity of current-day residents. This annual event offers something for everyone and all ages, and with an entry fee of only $5, or $12 for a three-day pass, is one of the best bargains around. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult.
Have you grown some beautiful flowers, harvested some perfectly-shaped vegetables, canned some jelly or jam or pickles, clothing, handiwork, arts and crafts? There are dozens and dozens of categories to enter, with the possibility of winning blue ribbons along with prize money. There is no cost to enter items, but you must follow the rules laid out in this year’s fair book. Fair books are available at Embarrass-Vermillion Credit Union locations, as well as other spots in the community. Entries can be brought in Wednesday and Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m., Friday from 1 – 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 – 10 a.m. The exhibit building is closed from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday for judging, but after that, everyone is welcome to come and view this year’s entries and see which won ribbons.
Friday night live music begins at 4 p.m. with Steve Solkela and his amazing one-man band. Amanda Rae performs from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m., and Honkytalk and Hangovers performs from 7 p.m. to close.
Saturday Night Country Live is hosting bands from 4 p.m. until close on Saturday.
Sunday is the karaoke contest with signups at 10 a.m. and competition beginning at 12 noon.
Crafts and fair food booths are available all three days, along with a beer garden, and Wizard Kingdom Inflatables. There is an all-day softball tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors at the fair on Saturday and Sunday this year include homemade baked and canned goods, homegrown produce, fleece blankets and clothing, crocheted items, boiled wool items, quilting, weaving, homemade soaps, decorative wood items, photography, jewelry, essential oils, sports cards, and books by local authors. Nature’s Treasurers will be selling rocks and minerals. There will also be pony rides.
The 40th Annual Flying Finn 5K Run-Walk is on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The race starts across the road from the fairgrounds, and the course is off-road. Race day registration is $25. Cash prizes to top male and female runner plus medallions for top three in six age divisions. T-shirts with registration, if still available. For more info, email Holly Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual dog show gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with registration from 9 – 9:45 a.m. Participants must be 16 or younger, and an up-to-date written certificate of rabies vaccination is required. Dogs must be on a 4-6 ft. leash, and owners must clean up after their pets.
Pet show judging is a bit unusual at the fair! Judging will be on longest and shortest tails, longest and shortest ears, grooming, novelty/tricks, and obedience.
Races for all ages begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This year they feature larger cash prizes in all categories. There are events for all ages, infants to adult. Races take place in front of the Timber Hall.
One of the most popular events at the fair is the Tony Morsching Memorial 4/4 Mud Run and Fast Track. This event has an additional admission of $10, with children 10 and under free with a paid adult. Races start at 12:30 p.m. in seven different categories. Be prepared for some noise and lots of mud flying.
Other events on Saturday include a corn hole tournament at 10 a.m. and a bean bag tournament at 4 p.m.
Sunday features the Classic Field of Dreams Car and Truck Show starting at 9 a.m. The show features classes for cars, pickups, street rods, and special interest. Trophies are awarded for longest distance, fair chairman’s choice, and body man’s choice. Dash plaques for all registered vehicles, and cash drawings at the end. Prizes awarded at 2 p.m.
Sunday also features demolition derby action starting at 12:30 pm. Admission is $5, with children 10 and under free. Bring your own lawn chair.
The Embarrass Fair Horse Show gets underway at 9 a.m. and runs most of the day. Come watch riders in many age groups compete in showmanship, races, and games.
The fair action winds down with the annual parade at 4 p.m. on Highway 26.
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