Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2007

Vinland Fair inches closer with noodle making, etc.

July 19, 2007

If it's the middle of July, fair time is just around the corner. This year's versions will be highlighted by the 100th anniversary of the Vinland Fair, the small, but highly popular version that takes over the fairgrounds the second week of August.

The approaching fair was evident Tuesday when about 20 people took care of one of the early chores, preparing the famous noodles that are a standard of the fair. That was done at the Vinland United Methodist Church and heated up the mood for the centennial year.

"Hot air balloons, antique cars, old farm machinery and an exhibit tracing the history of Vinland and the Vinland Fair highlight the fair's centennial Aug. 9 to Aug. 12," said Nora Cleland, long-time member of the Vinland Fair board. "The fair's traditional schedule, including the antique tractor pull, band concerts, ice cream making contest, exhibits and children's competitions will remain the same for the first three days, Aug. 9-11, with centennial events scattered throughout the schedule.

"The fourth day, Sunday, Aug. 12, will feature a 10 a.m. church service, a noontime band concert, an antique car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and special afternoon events," said Cleland.

The fair is held just north of the Vinland Elementary School at the fairgrounds and it's obviously been a staple of the area for a century plus. And, along with the many centennial events added this year, there are other changes to the fair.

"One major change in the traditional schedule is exhibits in the Exhibition Building will be released at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, instead of Saturday afternoon," she said. "Also to accommodate Sunday visitors, the historical exhibit in the Vinland Elementary School gymnasium will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m."

Kicking off the 100th fair on Aug. 9 will be staples of the event, the rabbit and poultry show, along with the talent show. Also performing that night will be both the Baldwin High School band and the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band that evening. The afternoon will be devoted, as always, to receiving entries and the old-time farm skills competition.

On Aug 10, the historical exhibit and antique quilt show open at 9 a.m. at VES. Bicycle races and children's races are scheduled for the morning hours, as well. The evening program features the Hot Air Balloon Fest Flyaway at sunset, the antique tractor pulling contest and the Ready Brothers Band performance.

"Saturday's jam-packed schedule begins at sunrise with another Hot Air Balloon Fest and Flyaway," said Cleland. "Seven of the colorful flying machines are scheduled to make their appearance. David and Barbara Maycock are asking for volunteers to help with the setup and they can be reached at 594-4280. Additional hot air balloon events are at sunset on Saturday and sunrise on Sunday."

The hot air balloons are new to the fair. Other events on Aug. 11 are mainstays. They include the traditional horseshoe pitching contest at 9 a.m., the pet parade and box turtle race at 11 a.m. and the pedal tractor pull at 1:30 p.m. The livestock exhibit, including beef and dairy cattle, sheep, hogs and goats, is to be judged at 1 p.m. and released at the close of the show at about 4 p.m. The evening also includes the always popular home-made ice cream making contest, which is served to fair participants and music by Cubby Lane and the Secrets Band at 7:30 p.m.

Special events that day include the historical exhibit and antique tractor and farm equipment show. At 6:30 p.m. will be the Centennial Commemoration Program.

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