Don’t-miss events at the fair

You may not think of a rural/suburban fair as fast-action. But hold onto your hats, because the fair has plenty of thrills:

Bull riding, barrel racing

The bulls are back in town.

For the second year, the Rice Bull Riding Company, the largest bull riding company in Minnesota, will provide professional bull riding and barrel racing entertainment at 7 p.m., Friday, in the Grandstand area.

Tickets are $10 for ages 16 and older, $5 for ages 6-15 and free for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Fair Office, Building B.

In addition, the show will feature an event called Ring of Fear, in which bull riders will stand inside the ring with a bucking bull. The last cowboy standing is the winner.

“It’s heart-pounding entertainment,” company owner Dave Rice said. “And it’s great family entertainment.”

Demolition derby

The demolition derby is 6 p.m., Saturday, in the demo area. Grandstand admission is charged for the demolition derby – $12 for ages 11 and older, and $6 for kids ages 10 and younger. Derby tickets will be sold Saturday at the Fair Office, Building B, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The demolition derby ticket booth opens at 3 p.m.

The derby is a popular entertainment that grows every year. Last year, approximately 20 cars were added to the lineup and more are expected this year.

“We’ve had sell-out crowds for the last few years,” fair entertainment officer of the Washington County Fair Liz Dietsche said.

Truck events

Western Wisconsin Truck Pullers, another fair crowd-pleaser, will once again provide ample entertainment of pushing automotive horsepower to its limit.

The show is 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Grandstand area. Tickets are $5 for ages 16 and older, $2 for ages 6-15 and free for children ages 5 and younger. The tickets can be purchased at the Fair Office, Building B.

Another truck event that kicks off the fair is the Pick-Up See Saw Contest. This event challenges drivers to maneuver their trucks on a beam that’s five feet from the ground and then to balance in the center. The driver who maintains balance the longest is deemed the winner.

The event is 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Grandstand area and is open for anyone to try.

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