Vinland Fair readies for 99th run
The 99th annual Vinland Fair on Aug. 10, 11 and 12 will offer the community the traditional array of features including an ice cream making and eating contest, a display of wacky scarecrows, and three competitions based on tractors.
The three tractor competitions feature the Friday night antique tractor pulling contest which attracts more than a hundred competitors from a multi-state area. Children have their chance to compete in the pedal tractor pulling contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and all ages can compete at 5 p.m. Saturday in the lawn and garden tractor driving skills competition.
Children also can take part in competitions and games every day at the fair. Thursday afternoon about 2 p.m. they can compete in nail driving and log sawing, while the adults compete in oldtime and modern farm skill competitions.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, the youngsters can take part in stock bicycle races, followed at noon by foot races, sack races, softball throws and tug-of-war pulls. On Saturday noon youngsters can enter in any number of the 16 pet parade categories for pet displays and decorated items and animals.
Evening events in addition to the antique tractor pull Friday evening include live bands daily at 7:30 p.m. -- the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band Thursday, the Shyster Mountain Gang Band on Friday, and Cubby Lane and the Secrets Band on Saturday. The evening events open on Thursday with the popular Talent Show at 6 p.m. Also on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. the rabbit and poultry shows will be in the livestock barn.
On Saturday evening at 7 p.m. entries in the homemade ice cream making contests will be judged, and immediately afterward, fair visitors will be served the entries for a nominal charge. Earlier on Saturday, the 9 a.m. horse shoe pitching contest will attract many competitors and spectators.
No fair is complete without exhibits, and since its opening the Vinland Fair has featured displays for sewing, crafts, baking, canning, flowers, garden and crop products and livestock, Both 4-H members and other juniors can enter in either the 4-H and Junior Department or in the open classes. All of the entries must be entered by 7 p.m. Thursday except livestock, which will be entered by 11 a.m. Saturday, Flowers will be judged Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. and the other entries except livestock will be judged Friday morning.
The livestock show will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday wth classes for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine and goats.
Admission and parking are free, and no entry fees are charged for exhibits and competitions, except entries in the antique tractor pull. The Vinland P.T.O. will be in charge of the food stand on Thursday, and Vinland Fair volunteers will operate the food booth on Friday and Saturday. The traditional chicken and home made noodle dinners will be served on Friday and beef brisket dinners on Saturday. The featured dessert all three days will be home made fruit pies.
To prepare for the three days of fair activities the board members have scheduled a clean-up day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Community members are invited to assist. The superintendents will be assisted by the community members in setting up the exhibit areas beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.
The Vinland Fair board is: President, Mike and Julie Craig; vice president, Allen and Karla Osborn; secretary, Jean Moore; treasurer, Bill and Mary Gensler; other board members, Daryl and Margaret Barnes, Mark and Sherri Brown, Miles and Nora Cleland,
Larry and Eloise Craig, Mike and Autumn Eckman, Ron and Linda Griffin, Joe and Lorri Hoelscher,