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Crow Wing County Fair is here

These Crow Wing County Fair buildings at the fairgrounds in Brainerd will be bustling with people starting Tuesday when the fair begins.

It should be a "Mutton Bustin'" "Dirt Kickin'" good ol' time as the Crow Wing County Fair is just a few days away.

People soon will smell foods on sticks and cheese curds as the county fair opens Tuesday and runs through Aug. 2 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, located on 13th Street Southeast in Brainerd.

Crow Wing County Fair general manager J.D. Grimsley said this is his fourth time organizing the fair and each year it gets better and better, as everyone works hard to put on a fun, family-friendly fair. The Crow Wing County Fair continues to be one of the top five county fairs in Minnesota, Grimsley said.

Fair organizers are expecting around 80,000 people visiting the fair during the week. Like every year, there is always something new.

The modified tractor pull will join the demolition derby at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the grandstands.

"The modified tractors are big and make a lot of noise and people like that," Grimsley said. "The count was down at the demolition derby last year and not as many cars, so we wanted to add something to it to make it more fun to go to."

The fair will continue the same events in the grandstands for the remaining days which include motocross on Wednesday; baja rally races on Thursday and Friday; and the bull riding event Aug. 2. The pit gates open at 4 p.m. each day of the fair with the events beginning at 7 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday.

Grimsley said fairgoers also will see new rides in the Midway. The carnival will again be done by Todd Armstrong.

The Midway opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday and opens at noon Wednesday through Aug. 2.

"He runs a nice, clean carnival," said Grimsley. "They are polite and are a class-act."

Arts, crafts and entertainment will fill the Northland Stage inside the Fran Holden Curling Arena on the fairgrounds property. Live entertainment on the stage include Doug Ohman, Lyndon Peterson, the Kari Lynn Show, Everett Smithson Band and Trisha and the Toonies. Author Guy Kelm of "The Apron" will make an appearance at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Favorites that will be back to the fair include the Cock-A-Doodle Zoo and the Mutton Bustin' event. The zoo event is where people can learn about planetary sustainability and conservation with the use of unique animals. Animals at the fair may include a kangaroo, lemurs or an alligator.

The Mutton Bustin' event, where children ride sheep, is scheduled Thursday, with the championship to be held during the intermission Aug. 2 during the bull riding event. And a person can't forget the medallion treasure hunt. A medallion will be hidden somewhere on the fairground property, but not inside any building and not buried. People can start hunting for it Tuesday and whoever finds it will win $1,000. Four clues will be published in the Brainerd Dispatch and posted at 9 a.m. at the information booth at the fairgrounds.

There also will be performances on the Mills Free Stage each night of the fair.

A closer look at the fair schedule:

• On the Mills Free Stage

Tuesday: The Fleming Fold, 1-3 p.m.; Wayne Renn Band, 6-10 p.m.

Wednesday: Country Times, Henry Stockert, 1-4:30 p.m.; Alan Godage & Sundown, 6-10 p.m.

Thursday: Virg and the Eldorado's, 1-3:30 p.m.; The Red Letter Band, 6-10 p.m.

Friday: Pre-teen talent contest, 1 p.m.; Teen talent contest, 3 p.m.; open class talent contest, 5 p.m.; teen dance, 7-10 p.m.

Aug. 2: Ray's Promenaders, 4:30-6 p.m.; Wanted, 7-10 p.m.

● Theme days:

Tuesday: Military Day

Wednesday: Senior Citizen Day

Thursday: Ag Day

Friday: Teen Day

Aug. 2: Kids' Day

● Grandstand events:

Tuesday: Demolition derby/modified tractor pull

Wednesday: Motocross

Thursday: Baja rally races

Friday: Baja rally races

Aug. 2: Bull riding

For a full list of events go to: