The Ottumwa Courier

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June 16, 2014

Come one, come all to the Wapello County Fair

ELDON — The Wapello County Fair is just around the corner, kicking off with entries being welcomed at Wapello Hall and the Iowa Agricultural Hall from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, entries for competition will be received from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wapello Hall and the Iowa Agricultural Hall.

Excitement on the fairgrounds begins at noon at the grandstand with harness racing as well as Senior Day being observed. A noon lunch for all seniors will be served at noon. There is a cost for the luncheon.

At 7 p.m., the grandstand will be the place to be for a variety of activities. Among the most popular are the Queen and Little Miss contest, as well as the pie and quilt auction. Other exciting items includes blind man golf cart races. Registration for the races begins at 6:30 p.m. at the ticket office. The winning team will receive $500, and the first 20 teams registered will receive a $25 donation for the organization.

Friday’s events include harness racing at noon and the demolition derby at 7 p.m. with check-in at 4 p.m.

Festivities on Saturday include the fishing contest sponsored by the Wapello County Conservation Board. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the contest beginning at 9 a.m. There are three age groups of competition, including 0-6, 7-10 and 11-15 years of age.

The Heartland FFA and Open Market Lamb show is slated to begin with registration from 10-11:30 a.m. The show will start at 1 p.m.. A variety of free kids games and events from 10 am. to noon inside the fairgrounds’ arena.

Registration for the Kid’s Pedal Pull (ages to 10) will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the actual competition starting at 11 a.m.

The grandstand show on Saturday night features Mitch Goudy and Diana Upton Hill at 7:30 p.m. with Rodney Atkins performing at 8:45 p.m. The ticket office for the concert opens at 4 p.m.

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