2014 Hettinger County Fair



As the summer season peaks, fairgrounds around the area begin to open their gates.


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Posted July 18, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

As the summer season peaks, fairgrounds around the area begin to open their gates.

Hettinger County hosted their annual festivities beginning on Thursday July 10 and going through Sunday July 13.

This annual event marks a great opportunity for the cities of Mott, Regent and New England to gather and enjoy the company of everyone in Hettinger County. Highlighted by the 4H exhibits and displays, the fair offers a variety of food, entertainment and competition.

Overall, Fairboard President Nadra Auch thought the fair went very well and hopes they can continue their success.

“Hopefully everyone had fun, and hope to see everyone next year,” Auch said.

Auch also wanted everyone to know that on Aug. 2 the fairgrounds will host an antique tractor pull, with the band ‘Slamabama’ to follow.


•There was entertainment for all ages

Each year the fair board pulls together their resources to attract different musical acts to highlight the evening festivities.

Opening the weekend was Tigirlily Thursday night. Friday featured music from Ashely Buchart and her band, and capping off the weekend was the band Dirty Word.

According to Fair Board Member Nadra Auch, the concert crowds were comparable to years past, though because of the notoriety of Dirty Word may have been a little larger than normal.

Though the concerts were just starting as many young children were being called in for the night, there were still plenty of entertainement options tailored to the youth of Hettinger County.

Available both Friday and Saturday, Funflatables provided endless entertainment and kids could hop, bounce and slide around the multiple obstacles. The games even featured two play houses with hoses integrated that allowed a cool down for anyone overheating from the bright sun of the weekend.

Also entertaining the kids was the musical performances of Penny & Pals. They provide character driven entertainment through costumes and sing-a-longs, even inviting youngsters on stage as they go through their song list.

Kicking off Saturday was the parade. Starting out at the nursing home in Mott, the parade line navigated through town making it to their main path of Main street. The parade was fun for kids and adults alike as float participants threw goodies for the citizens to collect and enjoy with their families. A main attraction included in the parade was a line of large semi trucks. When they were all on Main street, they came to a complete stop and opened up the top of their trailers and released hundreds (or even more) of red, white and blue balloons.

For the first time, the fair hosted the Cowboy Mounted Shooters, a group of entertainers hoping to bring back wild west practices to present day entertainment.

Operating on a rodeo-like course, the equestrian sport features the participant using only two .45 caliber pistols.

They maneuver around on a horse, shooting at various targets.


•Food for everyone to Enjoy

Patrons of the fair were able to take advantage of some of the delicious food served this year.

The Mott Women of Today took advantage of the hot weather and sold snow cones to attendees looking for a cool treat.

Selling cotton candy and popcorns was The Playhouse Theater, and the food truck featuring hotdogs, tacos, pop and a variety of other dishes was operated by the Alaskan Cafe’.

Also, on Saturday, the 4H group held its annual Barbecue Brisket Lunch as a fund raiser for the local chapter of the group.


Some fun filled competition

In an effort to promote healthiness and good competition, Just For The Health of It held a 5K Fun Run Saturday morning.

Taking first out of a group walking the course was Gerry Jacobson.

Kayla Olson was the first place runner of the women’s division with Jennifer Greff taking second.

For the mens, Joshua Wutzke crossed the line first with Dean Wehri (second), and Kory Mack (third) coming up right behind him.

Highlighting Saturday afternoon was the demolition derby. This year featured 15 cars competing for the $4,000 cash prize. Making it out on top was Jordan Simek.

Also held this year was the Travis Landis Memorial Pickup Derby. This derby was put on friends and family of the late Travis Landis and featured a derby of pickup trucks. Held at intermission of the opening demo derby, the pool of 12 trucks gave the audience non-stop derby action all afternoon on Saturday. Jacob Hafele took first place.

Also, held this year was a trap shooting competition.

Taking first place in the inaugural competition was Shannon Messmer out of Mott.


4H’ers display a wide range of skills

The 4H participation saw the number of entries grow this year.

“4H numbers were generally up,” said Charlotte Meier, Administrative Assistant to the Hettinger County Extension office.

Overall there were roughly 250 static exhibits at this years fair, and that number does not include the many ‘open class’ entries they received.

For the animal submissions, 20 was the total number, with 5 Cloverbud participants entering animals as well.

What saw an even larger boost was the Saturday barbecue lunch, hosted after the parade.

According to Meier, the  number they served was over 400, more than doubling the amount served in years past. Meier estimated the free-will donations received at around $1,800.

Also giving the 4H a boost in support was the amount of money raised between the premium sale of the livestock and static exhibits.

The total amount raised was $46,525.

“It blew me out of the water,” Meier said after adding up the different amounts.

“This has to be the largest premium fundraiser we have ever had,” Meier said.

The money received goes directly to the 4H group and will assist with various programs and the purchasing of supplies to keep the program going.

“The premium sales blows us away,” Meier said, “It’s a lot of money generated.”





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