After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kanabec County Agriculture Society is excited to bring back the county fair July 28-Aug. 1, 2021.The fair takes place at the Kanabec County Fairgrounds, at 701 S Union St, Mora. 

New events coming to the fair include blacksmith demonstrations and five additional live-music performances. There is no WSCA Horse Show or Draft Horse Show this year. 

Kanabec County Public Health will be hosting free COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Civic Center. 

For a full schedule of events visit www.kanabecfair.org, or check out the Kanabec County Times’ TOP 3 County Fair guide on page 7.

For Animal lovers

1. Animals In Costume

The 4-H Pet and Cat Show Costume Contest starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Show Arena and it’s sure to be adorable. Other pet events include dog obedience, rally and showmanship at 8:30 a.m. Saturday near the 4-H building.

2. Stroll the Barns

Get your fix of livestock by touring the various barns on the south side of the fairgrounds. Find the cleanest pig in the swine barn, tallest equine among the draft horses or the teeniest rabbit in the newly renovated rabbit and poultry barn. More amazing than the animals are their dedicated caretakers willing to share their knowledge. 

3. Horses in Action

The 4-H horse show begins at 9 a.m. Thursday which can demonstrate what these animals and their riders are capable of, from disciplined English riding to fast paced barrel racing.

For Foodies

1. Food Vendors

Admittedly, this one is pretty obvious. This year, while waiting in line for your pork chop, baked potato or ice cream, remember that your money is going to support local people and non-profit groups. Knowing that makes those mini donuts taste even sweeter. 

2. Sapsucker Farms Booth

Eating food is good and all, but knowing where it comes from can make it more meaningful.  Presentations by Sapsucker Farms will offer a glimpse into how some of our favorite foods and beverages are created. These Kanabec farmers will be in the Open Class building. Thursday-Saturday.

3. Blue Ribbon Bounties

For those who like to make their own, or at least can appreciate a well-baked bread or the skill of setting a crystal clear jelly, head to the Open Class building. You’ll see the local community’s best efforts at homemade foods — including a thing or two you didn’t know could even be pickled. During your visit, chat with the Master Gardeners who can offer tips to make homegrown fruits and veggies thrive. 

For People with kids

1. Kid’s Day

Thursday July 29 is a day full of activities for kids, with Welia Health giving out treats from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. Superhero race: Give your kids a cape (costumes optional) and a chance to race down the fair’s Main Street for ribbons. 

  • 11 a.m. Eating Contests: Pie eating followed by watermelon eating contests at the food court

  • 1 p.m. Pedal Pull: Kids get to test their strength at a mini, pedal power driven tractor pull contest. Register at the Civic Center.

2. Parade

The annual parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, traveling along Union Street Mora from Forest Avenue to Whitepine Court. 

3. Booktown Mora

Scholastic books for kids of all ages and reading levels are for sale (50% off) from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Civic Center. Not only are they a bargain, but profits benefit Booktown Mora, the organization that created the area’s “Little Book Boxes” that encourage others to share books, enjoy reading and support community literacy. 

For Socialites

1. Commercial Building

Want to meet the people of the community who are passionate about what they do? Representatives from political groups, clubs and various community-building organizations are literally waiting to meet others and share information in the Commercial Building. 

2. Antique Tractor Display

What better place to stand and share memories of the good-old-days than among beautifully restored tractors. The tractors, and likely a few of their owners proud to share their histories, will be in the Civic Center Thursday-Sunday. 

3. Beer Garden

Is being social made easier with music and alcohol? Visit the beer garden to decide for yourself. Alcohol is served by various non-profit groups so don’t be stingy on those tips. Music will be: 

    Thursday, July 29

      8-11 p.m., Mike Miller & Friends

    Friday, July 30

      8-Midnight, Bad Jack

    Saturday, July 31

      1-3 p.m., Michael Monroe

      8-Midnight, The Groove

    Sunday, Aug. 1

      1-4 p.m., Alan Godage & Sundown

For action seekers

1. The Grandstand

Like action, loud noises and powerful machines? Go to the grandstand. 

  Thursday, July 29

    7 p.m. Redneck Races

  Friday, July 30

    7 p.m. Redneck Races

  Saturday, July 31

    7 p.m. Truck Pull

  Sunday, Aug. 1

    1 p.m. Tractor Pull

2. Hot Iron

What’s hot, loud and takes significant physical strength? Blacksmithing. Demonstrations will be on the north side of the 4-H building from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 10 am.-6 p.m. Sunday. 

3. Carnival Rides

From the thrill of The Zipper, nostalgia of the carousel or romance of the Ferris wheel, there’s a ride for everyone. Advanced wristband tickets are $25 each, available at First Citizens National Bank, SPIRE Credit Union, Neighborhood  National Bank, Ace Hardware and Johnson Hardware. Wristbands are good at these times:         

  Thursday   All day (1 p.m. -closing)           

  Friday       1-5 p.m.; 6-10 p.m.

  Saturday  12-4 p.m. 

  Sunday     12-4 p.m.

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