Thanks to an arts grant, the Lincoln County Fair will have plenty of music interspersed with the regular fare of agricultural exhibits, rides and the demolition derby.
The Lincoln County Fair starts today and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Tyler. Entrance to the fairgrounds is free of charge.
The Lincoln County Fair board of directors applied for an Arts and Heritage Grant and received funds to support musical acts that educate as well as entertain.
"We'll have a pile of music," said Frank Jorgensen, who is on the board.
Included in the line-up of entertainers are Dakota Prairie Cloggers and Lonny Carpenter - "a local boy from Lake Benton," Jorgensen said.
"He sings songs he has written himself, patriotic and gospel music," he said.
The Larry Olsen band will perform polka and old time music Saturday.
"They draw a good crowd," Jorgensen said. "They are very popular. They bring 100 people just for them."
In addition to musical offerings, the grant allowed the fair board to purchase a portable stage.
"It's very nice," Jorgensen said. "It's not on wheels, but it's better than what we had before. In the past we've had to build something. We were real lucky to get that heritage grant. The stage is a nice improvement."
The ranch rodeo event Saturday features "cowboys chasing cows," Jorgensen said. "It's a team event - they cut calves out of a herd, practical stuff that you do on a ranch. There are six to 10 teams with four to six people on a team and a half dozen events."
Before the ranch rodeo is a young people's ranch rodeo, Jorgensen added.
Another cowboy event is Cowboyography which is comprised of a "family of four or five," Jorgensen said, "who spin ropes, do crafts and demonstrate the western lifestyle."
The kiddie tractor pull attracts "a lot of people," Jorgensen said. "They come for that and then stay for the free pork sandwiches."
Another popular draw is the demolition derby which is Sunday. Jorgensen said he hopes there will be something left of the derby cars after they have so recently participated in the Redwood and Marshall derbies.
The timing of the fair is always up in the air, Jorgensen said, because of the schedule of the carnival ride purveyors. The carnival people fit the Lincoln County Fair into their schedule when it is efficient for them. Last year the fair was on at the same time as Tyler's Aebleskiver Days which actually worked out well, Jorgensen said.
Also an annual mystery is what kind of rides will be available for fairgoers.
"We do know there will be six to eight rides," Jorgensen said. "At least two will be for adults and three or four smaller rides for children and one inbetween and then three booths."
Another perennial attraction is the agricultural exhibits. Jorgensen said the 4H participation numbers are "real good this year."
Family members enjoy seeing what the kids have been up to, he said.
"A lot of grandpas and grandmas and aunts and uncles like to see what's going on," he said.
Jorgensen said the grounds are in good shape for the fair after the devastation of last summer's tornado.
"We had a huge loss from that," he said. "But all the buildings have been re-roofed and re-sided. The grounds are in excellent shape - the grass is a little dry, we could use some rain, but we don't have any control over that."
7 p.m 4-H Fashion show, grandstand
7 p.m 2012 Outstanding Senior Volunteer,
7:45 p.m Popular Demand, grandstand
3-6 p.m Tamara, horseshoe building, hands-on artistry for all ages
5:30 p.m Genius:poa, outdoor stage
7:30 p.m Lonny Carpenter, grandstand
All day Cowboyography, throughout the grounds
1 p.m Ranch rodeo, horse arena, bring a lawn chair.
2-4 p.m Ross and Pete, outdoor stage
3 p.m Hand-stamped cards, horseshoe building, hands-on crafts for all ages by Kris Peters
4 p.m Dakota Prairie Cloggers, outdoor stage
4-6:30 p.m Old Time Fiddlers, old commercial building
Dakota Prairie Cloggers - during intermissions
5 p.m Pork sandwiches and milk, old commercial building
5 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull, road in front of secretary's office, no registration/admission fee
6:30 p.m.Larry Olsen Band, old commercial building
2 p.m. Sean Benz, outdoor stage
2 p.m. Kiddie small animal show, all kids welcome, bring your favorite
3 p.m. Annual demolition derby, grandstand
Today, Friday, Saturday - Carnival wristband nights: 6-10 p.m. today-Friday and 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, good for riding all you want within a 4-hour time period.