ELKHORN — The “boys,” both Beach and Oak Ridge, will perform for free at the grandstand, and rabbit races will give the pig races a run for their money at the 164th annual Walworth County Fair.
This year, the fair will run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. The theme is: “Start your engines and race to the fair.”
The media were introduced to this year’s fair on July 18, appropriately enough, at the Elkhorn Garage. There, Sue Pruessing, fair media director, and Ed Sokolowski, president of the Walworth County Fair Board, kicked off publicity for the 2013 fair. The Elkhorn Garage is owned by Gary and Sue Wallem. Gary Wallem keeps part of his antique car collection there.
Admission at the fair gate will be $9 for adults (13 and older) and $3 for children from 6 to 12. Ages 5 and younger are free. Season passes are $30 for adults, $10 for children (ages 5 and younger still free), parking is $5 a day; season parking is $20.
Wednesday through Friday (Aug. 28-30) are senior citizen days. Anyone 62 or older will pay $4 admission.
Grandstand shows are free, and among this year’s musical grandstand entertainment are: The Oak Ridge Boys Aug. 7:30 p.m.; The Beach Boys, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Kenny Loggins, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; and Jerrod Niemann, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Other grandstand entertainment (also free) will be Badger State Tractor/Truck Pulls 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 28; Round Up Tractor Pulls, starting 11 a.m. Aug. 29; Demolition Derby Sept. 2 at 1, 3 and 6:30 p.m.
Harness racing will be Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 2 starting noon.
The Fair is looking for Walworth County Grandparents of the year. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to write a letter about their grandparents and then draw a picture of the favorite thing you do together.
Find contest applications online at www.walworthcountyfair.com. Please send completed entries to PO Box 286 Elkhorn, 53121.
For more information, call the fair office at (262) 723-3228. Submissions will be accepted right up to the first day of the fair, said Sue Pruessing, fair public relations director. Walworth’s outstanding senior citizens this year are Eileen Guthrie of Elkhorn, Neill R. Flood of Delavan and Karla and Brent Tildahl of Fontana.
A total of seven contestants will be vying for Fairest of the Fair. This year’s contestants are:
- Emily Watson, 21, of Elkhorn, daughter of Nathan and Diane Watson.
- Kayla Decker, 19, of Sharon, daughter of William and Lisa Decker.
- Brandy Sheppard, 19, of Genoa City, daughter of Victoria Tibbitts.
- Jillian Cline, 19, of Lake Geneva, daughter of Fred Cline and Heidi Hall.
- Emily Cerny, 22, of Sharon, daughter of Susie and Mike Cerny.
- Megan Rasmussen, 19, of Lake Geneva, daughter of Mike and Penny Rasmussen.
- Shelby Peteler, 20, of Lake Geneva, daughter of Mark and Gail Peteler.
Honored family centennial farms this year are:
- The Sunny Brook Farm, Knuteson Family Farm, owned by Ken and Virginia Knuteson, Whitewater. In the family since 1885.
- The Steffen Family Morningside Farm, town of Lyons. In the family since 1899.
- The Walter and Mary York Family Farm, town of Linn. In the family since 1904.
- The Merry Water Farm, town of Linn. In the family since 1852.
- The Palmer Family Farm, town of Linn. In the family since 1880.
And just for fun, Kunes Country Auto is again sponsoring an Antique Classic Car and Tractor Parade and Show. Registration is between 8 and 9:15 a.m. Aug. 31. The parade on the race track starts 9:30 a.m.