Vinland Fair nears; volunteers needed
The Vinland Fair will begin its second century with the Aug. 7, 8, and 9 programs at the fairgrounds north of the Vinland Elementary School.
The 101st fair will feature the traditional schedule including live band music in the evenings, the Friday night antique tractor pull, the Saturday night ice cream making contest and children's games and competitions daily.
The three-day event is planned and presented entirely by community volunteers. Admission is free to all events. Profits from the concession stand and the food stand, which serves homemade food and fruit pies, go toward fair operations and maintenance.
To prepare the fairgrounds, community volunteers will meet at the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Aug. 2. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, department superintendents and board members will continue preparing the exhibit buildings and grounds for the fair. Volunteers are also encouraged to assist.
"We want to continue the fair's century-long tradition of volunteer help," said Mike Craig, fair board co-president with his wife, Julie. "People have fun visiting, working together and enjoying the activities. It's like an annual community reunion."
The fair program also will include exhibits of home economics, farm products, flowers and 4-H and youth displays throughout the three days as well as the livestock show on Saturday and the rabbit and poultry shows on Thursday night.
Thursday night also will feature a performance by Baldwin High School musicians and the talent show.
By popular demand, two events initiated in 2007 -- the hot air balloon launches and the watermelon seed-spitting contest - will continue this year. The balloons will fly, if weather conditions are favorable, at dawn and again in the early evening on Saturday and again at dawn Sunday morning. The watermelon seed-spitting contest is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Another event, the Lawn and Garden Tractor Driving Skills competition, also is back by popular demand. The contest is set for 5 p.m. Saturday.
Officers of the Vinland Fair Association are President, Mike and Julie Craig; Vice President, Allen and Karla Osborn; Secretary, Jean Moore; and Treasurer, Mary and Bill Gensler. Other board members are: Mike and Autumn Eckman, Larry and Eloise Craig, Ron and Linda Griffin, Daryl and Margaret Barnes, Mark and Sherri Brown, John and Susan Johnson, and Dave and Barbara Maycock.