Vinland Fair’s 103rd run to unfold Aug. 12-14
For the 103rd year, the Vinland Fair will be presented Aug. 12 -14 at the fairgrounds north of the Vinland Elementary School. Preparations are underway, with the grounds cleanup scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 7 and the department superintendents' exhibition building arrangement at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.
The event schedule is mostly unchanged from previous years, but the Saturday schedule has been rearranged to eliminate having two events at the same time. No admission, parking or entry fees are charged except for a small charge for the antique tractor pull entries.
Thursday's program schedule features the old-time and modern farm skills such as nail driving, corn shelling, bale tossing and log sawing, beginning at 2 p.m. Entries in all departments except livestock will be received from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening program begins with the Baldwin High School Band playing at 6 p.m., followed by the talent show, supervised by Matt Kirby.
Down in the livestock barn, the rabbit and poultry show judging begins at 7 p.m. The evening closes with a concert by the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band beginning about 7:30 p.m.
Friday's program begins at 10 a.m. with one of the featured children's events of the fair. The stock bicycle races are first, followed by the foot races, sack races, softball throw and the tug of war. The evening entertainment is the antique tractor pull directed by Mike Eckman. About 100 tractors from a wide area are expected to compete. Down at the stage, the Wood Valley Pickers Band will play at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday's schedule begins at 9 a.m. with the horseshoe pitching contest directed by Kenneth Martin. Nancy and Amanda Helm will present the box turtle race and pet parade at 11 a.m. Youngsters will compete in the Pedal Tractor Pull at 2:30 p.m. The next event at 3:30 p.m. is the watermelon seed spitting contest for adults and children.
Saturday evening's program begins at 5 p.m. with the lawn and garden tractor driving skills competition, followed by the ice cream making contest and serving at 7 p.m. The Witness Band will close out the evening at 7:30 p.m. with a concert.