The Nicollet County Fair is celebrating its 150th year.
The fair starts Wednesday, August 10 and runs through Sunday, August 14.
The fair opens at 11 a.m Wednesday. At 1 p.m., the Grandstand will feature Harness Racing. Beer tasting from Mankato Brewery and Tow distributing will start at 5:30 p.m, followed by a Pfeffer Tournament at Thompson hall at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, the Hasse petting zoo will open at 9 a.m. The Nicollet County Fair is one of the few remaining fairs in the state to feature horse races, and Harness Races begin at 1 p.m. Live entertainment and music in the beer garden from Steel Bridges Band will follow, starting at 7 p.m.
Friday is Senior Day, with free parking on the grounds for Seniors 55+. Mechanical bull riding starts at noon, the same time that the paintball arena opens. Chainsaw Artist shows will start at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. The Kids Power Wheel Demo will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Grandstand, followed by the Demolition Derby, the main event of the night.
It’s Kid’s Day on Saturday. 4-H showings open at 9 am, followed by a 911 demonstration at 10 a.m. A Kid’s Pedal Pull will begin at 11 a.m, and Rad Zoo will be under the big tent from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A talent show will be held in Johnson Hall starting at 3 p.m. The fair board announced Tuesday they would extend registration for the talent show. Grandstand events on Saturday include the Kid’s Wheel Demo at 6 p.m., followed by the Demolition Derby at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday is the final day of the fair, with Craig Blackstad performing the music of Elvis, Neil Diamond, and Roy Orbison under the big tent. At noon is a Pfeffer tournament. Off Roaders Racing begins at noon in the grandstand, and the Kid’s Power Wheel Lap will proceed the race