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A free for all

110th Lyon County Fair has an appealing touch this year with free parking and free admission

July 30, 2013
By Deb Gau , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - The 110th Lyon County Fair starts up this week, and fair organizers are hoping everyone will come and share the share the fun.

One of the biggest new features of the fair is something you can't see. This year's fair will be free to attend, with no parking or admission fees.

"We're really excited about it," Lyon County Fair Board Vice President Wally Wichmann said of the free aspect to this year's event. "We've heard a lot of reports from people who plan on coming out to the fair. We hope it turns out that way."

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Photo by Samantha Downing

Everyone involved in Lyon County’s 4-H program is highly anticipating the Lyon County Fair, and one group, the Arts-In Program, has created its own short performance it will be putting on each day of the fair. Elen Skaar, Caitlin Louwagie and Nicole Louwagie put together a news program focused on dance fever. “We had to come up with the choreography, music and lines. It took awhile. Then we had a practice last Wednesday and learned all of it,” Elen Skaar said. Troy Skaar made up a CD with the songs “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “God Bless Texas,” “Witch Doctor,” “Rainy Night” and “Sufin’ the U.S.A.” The performance walks through a news show complete with live coverage in Georgia, Hawaii and Texas. There is a meteorologist as well. It’s a fun show put on by high school 4-H students. “The line dance took a long time to teach to everyone, but we’re very excited to perform,” said Caitlin Louwagie. The performances will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Free Stage; 6 p.m. Thursday at the Free Stage; 6 p.m. Friday at the Show Arena; and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Free Stage. Pictured above are Caitlin Louwagie, Randy Louwagie and Skaar practicing their line dancing for their upcoming performances.

Wichmann said fair organizers are planning on increased attendance, especially when it comes to parking.

"It will be a little more of a challenge, but that's a good problem," he said.

Another special feature this year comes tonight when the public is invited to take one free carnival ride at 6 p.m.

Fact Box



Senior Citizens Day

2 p.m. - Bruce Dysthe at the free stage

3 p.m. - ACMC medical topic at the free stage

3:30 p.m. - Bruce Dysthe at the free stage

6 p.m. - Draft Horse Show


Timberworks Lumberjack Show at 2, 4 and 7 p.m.

Farmer Bob on grounds

11 a.m. - Exhibit and commercial buildings open

1 p.m. - Christie Gergen/Home Schooled Students and SoDI Singers, St. Mary's Cottonwood Youth Choir, free stage

3:30 p.m. - Meredith Bock at the free stage

5 p.m. - Song of the Prairie - Sweet Adeline Chorus at the free stage

7 p.m. - PRCA Rodeo


Health Day

Farmer Bob on grounds

Timberworks Lumberjack Show at 2, 5, and 7 p.m.

Monroe Crossing performances at 4, 6, and 8 p.m.

11 a.m. - Exhibit and commercial buildings open

1 p.m. - Cletus Goblirsch at the free stage

3:30 p.m. - Meredith Block at the free stage

7 p.m. - PRCA Rodeo


Veterans' Day

Farmer Bob on grounds

Timberworks Lumberjack Show at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

7 a.m. - Pancake breakfast (free-will canned goods donation accepted)

9 a.m. - Exhibit and commercial buildings open

9:30 a.m. - Veterans' Program, forum and questions at the free stage

10 a.m. - Kids' pedal pull

10:30 a.m. - John Feda - Veteran's speech

Noon - Sherwin Linton - Tribute to veterans

2 p.m. - Century farms with Sherwin Linton

2:30 p.m. - Paper airplane contest at the ice facility

4 p.m. - Sherwin Linton at the free stage

5 p.m. - Raffle drawing for rifle

7 p.m. - Demolition derby

There are also plenty of new events to enjoy, and a variety of entertainment geared toward the whole family.

Many of this week's special events will be free, too. Minnesota bluegrass and gospel band Monroe Crossing will perform at the free stage on Friday, making three appearances spread through the afternoon and evening.

The Timberworks Lumberjack Show will be performing regularly throughout the fair, demonstrating logging competitions like speed carving and log rolling. Visitors in the mood for a laugh will also be able to check out entertainer Farmer Bob, who will appear with "Johnny, the World's Funniest Tractor."

Other special events this year include a theme day honoring veterans. Saturday morning will start with a pancake breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. The meal is free, but free will donations of canned goods for the Kitchen Table Food Shelf will be accepted.

A program honoring veterans will follow the breakfast as will a talk by John Feda, and a musical tribute to veterans by Sherwin Linton.

Crowd-pleasing events like the PRCA Rodeo, draft horse show, and the demolition derby are also returning to the grandstand this year.

The draft horse show will get things started on Wednesday night, followed by the rodeo on Thursday and Friday. Events like mutton busting and free pony rides will also give kids a taste of the rodeo action.

A completely different kind of action will start up on Saturday, when drivers smash their way to the top at the demolition derby.



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