Forget the blue ribbons, go for gold at GL Fair

Olympic-themed county fair will run Aug. 4 to 7 in Green Lake

A TRACTOR PULLS a load at a past Green Lake County Fair. This year, the fair will feature a tractor pull Thursday and Friday.        submitted photo

by Hannah Tetzlaff

Displaying their skill like the athletes of old, Green Lake County Fair participants will aim for the podium in celebration of the event’s Olympic theme “Going for the Gold!”

Green Lake County will hold its 77th-annual fair Thursday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Green Lake Fairgrounds, 570 South St.

In recognition of the Olympic theme, fair-goers may spot red, white and blue décor representing the United States or the five iconic rings as they stroll through the barns and exhibits.

The fair opens with educational judging Thursday morning at 9 a.m., when all are invited to observe the judging of the exhibits in the Exhibition Building, and closes Sunday with the final act, Uncle Ozzie’s Memory Sounds, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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THE HILLBILLY SCIENTISTS will perform science shows Thursday, Aug. 4 at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Bingo Tent.   submitted photo

Attendees may partake in various concessions, admire exhibits, whirl around on carnival rides, become spectators for the animal shows such as dog obedience and beef judging, and cheer on drivers in the truck/tractor pulls.

There is no admission fee for the fair; however, to enjoy the carnival rides, individuals must buy tickets or wristbands. Rides are offered Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 3 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $1.25 each or $10 for 10 tickets, and $20 for a wrist band.

Each day, there are ticket sales, so families should be on the lookout for a good deal.

According to Green Lake County Program Specialist Kim Zills, the highlights of the event are the science shows.

“The science shows are extremely popular with the kids,” Zills said. “You think of it as being school related, but they really like it.”

Two science shows will be offered at the fair: one Thursday and the other Friday. Each science act performs twice.

The Thursday science performance is a new addition this year and is called the “Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular.” The show, which will take place at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Bingo Tent, incorporates family fun and zany humor as kids learn about basic science concepts and how to develop a hypothesis.

The other science show is the Science Alliance, performed Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. It focuses on the human body and exercise, along with atoms, molecules and chemical reactions.

Zills noted that the track events such as the truck/tractor pulls and the animal shows such as beef judging also draw in a large crowd, as well.

Among the truck/tractor pulls is the Wisconsin’s Tractor Pullers Association competition, which is for Friday at 7 p.m.

“Last year was the first year were going to have this [event], but we got rained out,” Zills said. “… These are drivers and tractors that compete in other states for points … Their equipment is very expensive, so they wouldn’t take the chance of running…We are very excited to have that back [this year].”

Other additions to the fair include “The Music Title” fair scavenger hunt and the AgEducation station.

The scavenger hunt is hosted by Sizzlin’ Sonny’s Rockin’ Road Show and will take place Friday from  8 to 11 p.m. in the entertainment tent.

Zills explained that participants of the scavenger hunt will form a team of four with one person staying to listen to the music and give out orders on their cellphone.

The D.J. then will play music, and if the song involves some fair-related item such as popcorn, then the other three people in the team have to go find popcorn.

Since the fair focuses heavily on the education of agriculture and its importance, Zills is introducing the AgEducation station to this year’s fair, located at the Commodity Carnival & Risk Ranch booth.

The station involves several businesses, organizations and individuals that will create an instructive program for all to enjoy. The programs can range from a history of seeds to demonstrations such as milking a cow or the process of making cheese.

To make the fair more welcoming to everyone, the fair is adding more handicap parking. It will have 12 more lots, all of which are located inside the gate by the track on the east side. There will be signage denoting the handicap parking spaces.