County Fair kicks off week with horse show

Jazzlyn Ottmar successfully completes an obstacle test during Monday’s horse show in New England.
Herald photo / Brad Mosher


Staff report

The Hettinger County Fair opened its week with the resurrection of a horse show in New England Monday.
With judges evaluating competitors on their skills in a variety of events, the horse and rider went through obstacles and tests of control.
But it is just the beginning for Hettinger County’s Fair Week and won’t end until the fireworks show is over Saturday night in Mott.

The fair will kick off Wednesday for most with check-ins for 4-H “Flickertails” starting at 8:30 a.m., “Western All-Stars” starting at 9:30 a.m. and “Prairie Clovers” checking in at 10 a.m.
The 4-H judging will start at 8:30 a.m., while the Open Class Judging will check-in at 11 a.m. before judging starts at 1 p.m.
There will be Burgers and Brats served by the local fire department at Legion Park in Mott, followed by the outdoor movie “Smurfs: The Lost Village” at 8 p.m.

The small animal registration begins at 8:15 a.m., followed with the exhibition hall opening at 9 a.m., along with the Rabbit & Poultry Show.


The fair kicks off in earnest early when the large animal weigh-in starts at 6:30 a.m., followed by the large animal round robin showmanship competition at 8 a.m.
After the exhibit hall and food vendors open at 9 a.m., the Parade of Champions Premium Sale will be at 3 p.m.
The beer garden will open at 5 p.m., along with the “Buyer’s Picnic.”
The band “Two Way Crossing” will be performing at 8:30 p.m. while a hypnosis show will start at 7 p.m.
Admission for the Two Way Crossing performance will start at 5$5 and free to those under 12 years old.


A 5-kilometer walk/run will start with registration at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race starting at 7 a.m.
The parade will start at 10 a.m, on Main Street.
The beer garden will open at 11 a.m. and close at 1 a.m. Sunday morning to close out the fair.
The public meal will start at 11 a.m. and close at 2 p.m.
There will be a Calcutta at 2:45, followed by a Demolition Derby at 3 p.m.
The exhibition hall will close for good at 7 p.m., at the same time when the Broken Spokes Band performs a free concert.
The fireworks show at the fairground will start at 10 p.m., closing out the annual fair with a bang.
For more information about the fair, go online to website.


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