Vinland Fair’s annual run starts Aug. 11
The 98th annual Vinland Fair set for Aug. 11 through Aug. 13 at the fairgrounds five miles north of Baldwin and will have two new
events along with the traditional exhibits, competitions, live music, antique tractor pull and home-made food.
For one new event, the Floor-It Diesel Club will present a heavy truck pull at 6:30 p.m. Friday preceding the antique tractor pull.
Community members are invited to bring photos and news clippings from past Vinland Fairs to be copied from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday in the air conditioned Vinland Elementary School. Participants also will have an opportunity to tell stories about past fairs. The purpose of the event is to gather material for the fair centennial in 2007.
But before the fair's opening, the public is invited on two days in early August to help prepare the fairgrounds. At the work day, beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, board members and area residents will mow and clean the grounds, move furnishings and
show equipment and clean the exhibit building and livestock barn. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, the department superintendents will direct the exhibit building set-up. Again, area residents are invited to help.
On the first day of the fair, on Thursday afternoon from 2 to 7 p.m., entries will be received in all departments except livestock. Flowers will be judged that evening at 8:30 p.m., and the other entries will be judged Friday morning.
Thursday evening's activities include the poultry and rabbit shows, beginning at 7 p.m. and the Talent Show. The Alfred Packer Memorial String Band performance will open about 8 p.m.
Friday's events begin with the stock bicycle races at 10 a.m. and the children's foot races, sack races and tug of war around noon. The antique tractor pull, which annually attracts more than 100 tractors from a three-state area begins at 7 p.m. and the Witness Band will play at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday's packed schedule opens at 9 a.m. with the horseshoe pitching contest. All entries in the beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goat departments will be in place by 11 a.m. and judged starting at 1 p.m.
In the meantime, the box turtle race and the pet parade, which draws scores of entries, will be at 11 a.m. The pedal tractor pull begins at 1:30 p.m.
The evening entertainment features the ever-popular homemade ice cream competition and serving at 7 p.m., the lawn and garden tractor driving skills competition and a performance by the Cubby Lane and the Secrets Band at 7:30 p.m.
The food stand menus feature home-made fruit pies all three days. On Thursday, the Vinland Parent-Teacher Organization members will serve spaghetti dinners. The Vinland Fair board members and community volunteers will serve homemade chicken and noodle dinners on Friday and barbecued beef and beef brisket dinners on Saturday.