The fun was better than FAIR! (PHOTOS)

2016 Hettinger County Fair

It is the highlight of summer events for all ages in Hettinger County. The 2016 Hettinger County Fair gave community members three fun-filled days of 4-H exhibits, kids games, great food and tons of entertainment.

Brown Avenue was filled with people waiting for the parade. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
Brown Avenue was filled with people waiting for the parade. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ
Herald Editor

It is the highlight of summer events for all ages in Hettinger County. The 2016 Hettinger County Fair gave community members three fun-filled days of 4-H exhibits, kids games, great food and tons of entertainment.

Hettinger County Fair President Nadra Auch said this year’s event went very well overall, and that good crowds were in attendance, despite the high temperatures.

Registration and setup began on July 6 and 7, but the weekend really kicked off with the Parade of Champions and the auction sale at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 8. Thousands of dollars were raised as area businesses bid on livestock and static exhibits.

There was a slight change to the venue, a new grandstand.

The 4-H program is growing, and to accommodate the increased number of large-animal exhibits, the stands had to be moved to the west end of the arena. New stands were built with a canopy to shield the crowd from the blazing sun.

“4-H grew so much that we needed to find some different seating for the premium sale,” Auch said.

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Hettinger County Extension Agent Duaine Marxen echoed those comments, saying that the presence of more livestock exhibits is proof that the program is growing. He also said that they had an increase in static exhibits, the most he has seen since he took over as the agent.

“[Static exhibit building] is as full as it’s been in the five years I’ve been here,” Duaine Marxen said. “And there [is] some real, high quality stuff out there.”

After the auction, kids and adults enjoyed the entertainment of Action Entertainment, a company out of Billings, Mont. that featured ball toss, car racing, hoop shoot and laser tag. Their presence was a first for the Hettinger County Fair, and Auch said the feedback was great.

“I heard a lot of positive comments,” Auch said.

Action Entertainment was around for both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday opened with the Just For The Health of It sponsored 5K ‘Fun Run’ before the parade at 7 a.m. The parade started at 10 a.m. as crowds lined the street as floats traveled down Brown Avenue, with children gathering candy like it’s Halloween.

The demolition derby was well attended, despite the heat, according to Auch. That event started at 1 p.m. and was deemed a success by Auch.

“The derby went very well,” Auch said. “It was nice to see all the people despite the heat.”

Evening entertainment included the Mott-Regent Dance Stars and the band ROR on Friday night, with The Mollies headlining Saturday evening. Friday saw a smaller crowd, but Auch said the crowd on Saturday was “fantastic.”

The 4H fundraiser dinner and Messy Mania rounded out Sunday afternoon before the tractor pull finished the weekend events at 1 p.m.

Auch wanted to thank everyone who came out to the fair. She also mentioned that they plan on holding a back-to-school bash on Friday, Sept. 16, so be sure to look for information as the date approaches.

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