PLYMOUTH – The Sheboygan County Fair, 229 Fairview Drive, is back for its 171st year, running Thursday through Monday.
The five-day event will feature many attractions and events, like tractor pulls, car racing and a baking competition.
Here are some of the highlights of each day.
Thursday is opening day with pig and duck races, Farm Tractor Pull, live bands
The fair will open at noon Thursday, introducing several attractions that will be at the fair over its five days, such as MilliporeSigma’s Exploration Station, which will have STEM activities for kids, and a new Butterfly Encounter exhibit.
Rumley Acres will bring antique tractors and host shingle mill demonstrations during the fair.
The Farm Tractor Pull will start at 7 p.m. followed by the 53rd annual animal sale and a performance by Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns at 7:30 p.m.
Friday Senior Citizen Day admission discount and polka bands
The Sheboygan County Fair will open at 8 a.m. starting Friday.
Those who are 62 years and older will get $1 off admission for Senior Citizen Day. Additionally, current or former military personnel will get free admission with acceptable proof of ID.
Friday will bring junior/open class poultry judging and horse and pony judging at 8 a.m., junior class dairy judging at 9 a.m. and Western horse judging at noon.
The Badger State Tractor Pull will start at the Grandstand at 6:30 p.m.
Polka bands will be playing all day at the M&R Pavilion, and the evening will bring four musical artists: Johnny Wad at the Spotted Cow Corral, Reckless Remedy at the Suds & Sound Tent and Shy Guys at the Music Station at 7:30 p.m. and Copper Box at the M&R Pavilion at 8 p.m.
Saturday baking contest, Tom Schneider and 2/5ths Band, car racing
Saturday morning will kick off with the baking contest at 10 a.m. followed by a pie auction at 12:30 p.m.
Tom Schneider and 2/5ths Band will perform at the M&R Pavilion at 2 p.m. following the Farmer Bud Showmanship, which will start at 1:15 p.m.
The IRA Sprint Car Racing with PDTR 360 sprints will start at the Grandstand at 5 p.m.
Sunday church service, arm wrestling competition, live music
Sunday morning, there will be an Ecumenical church service at 10 a.m. and a flower demonstration at 11:30 a.m.
There will also be a Wisconsin Arm Wrestling Competition for kids, adults and amateurs, with more than $3,000 worth in cash and prizes. Weigh-in for the competition is at the Poultry Tent at 11 a.m.
The Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity Show will take place at 1 p.m., and the extreme bull riding and barrel racing event will start at the Grandstand at 5 p.m.
Musical artists in the evening include N.E.W. Dueling Pianos, Star Six Nine and Bella Cain.
Labor Day Monday to feature Blue Ribbon auction, Dynamite Destruction Derby, Wood Carvers Auction
Labor Day will feature the Blue Ribbon Small Animal Auction at noon and the Dynamite Destruction Derby at 1 p.m.
The Dynamite Destruction Derby will allow drivers to try challenging car tricks in six events, including the “Spin to Win” event, which will require individual racers to drive two laps in reverse and spin around to cross the finish line facing forward, and the “Tire Race,” where racers must try to keep a tire tied to their back bumpers, hanging 6 to 10 feet behind the car.
The last event of the day is the Wood Carvers Auction, which starts at 4:40 p.m.
County Fair ticket costs
Season passes will cost $40 for adults and $50 for adults with parking. Daily passes will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 to 14 years old. Children younger than 9 years old have free admission.
Parking is $4, and starting Friday to Monday at 9 a.m., there will be a free shuttle from the Cedar Grove Warehouse Parking Lot.
Tickets for special shows at the Grandstand — the farm tractor pull, Badger State tractor pull, IRA Sprint car races, extreme bull riding and barrel racing and the Dynamic Destruction Derby — will cost extra.
Rides for Mr. Ed’s Magical Midways will cost $2 on Thursday between 1 and 4 p.m., and rides will require one less ticket than usual on Friday between 1 and 6 p.m.
Wristbands for the carnival will cost $35 on Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m. Wristbands will cost $40 on Saturday and Monday.
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