6/26/2014 10:31:00 AM Cannon Valley Fair runs July 1-4
by Mike Dalton
The 99th annual Cannon Valley Fair kicks off its annual run on Tuesday, July 1, and culminates with fireworks at dusk on Friday, July 4.
Crescent City Amusements will be on the midway during the fair. Wristband days, which give the bearer unlimited carnival rides, will be Wednesday-Friday, July 2-4, from 1-5 p.m. Wristbands are $20, and will be available on the midway or in advance for $15 at Althoff Hardware in downtown Cannon Falls.
Major attractions offered this year include the free Battle of the Bands at the new stage on Tuesday, July 1, at 8 p.m.; the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull on Wednesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the grandstand; a demolition derby at the grandstand on Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m.; a free concert by the Hitchville Band at the fair's new stage on Thursday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m.; and harness racing at the grandstand on Friday, July 4, at 2 p.m.
Admission of $12 for adults and $5 for 12 and under will be charged for the truck pull and demolition derby; admission will be $10 and $5 for the harness races.
A number of livestock shows will be held, starting with a 4-H, FFA and youth open horse show on Saturday, June 28, at 8 a.m. Other shows will feature Holsteins, beef, poultry and rabbit, goats, sheep, Ayrshires and lamb. Dates and times can be found on the fair's web page, www.cannonvalleyfair.org.
Free events include:
Tuesday, July 1 - Cannon Falls city council meeting, 6:30 p.m.; Battle of the Bands and MN Sings contest, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2 - Goodhue County Commissioners meeting, 10 a.m.; Cannon Falls ambulance and fire truck on display, 10-11 a.m.; Cock-a-Doodle Zoo, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Ms. Jaz-ee the Clown, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; minnow races on the hour, 1-3 p.m.; pioneer photography, 2 p.m.; wood workshop, 3 p.m.; 4-H demonstrations, 4-6 p.m.; Dave Carpenter's "Contriband," 4-7 p.m.
Thursday, July 3 - Kid's power pedal tractor pull, 10 a.m.; Cock-a-Doodle Zoo, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; wood workshop, 1 p.m.; minnow races on the hour, 2-4 p.m.; robotic puppets, 2-6 p.m.; wool spinning workshop, 3 p.m.; Ms. Jaz-ee the Clown, 4-6 p.m.; Hitchville Band, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 4 - Cock-a-Doodle Zoo, 1-10 p.m.; minnow races on the hour, 2-4 p.m.; Ms. Jaz-ee the Clown, 2-4 p.m.; sled dog show, 2:30 p.m.; Half-pint magic show, 3:30 p.m.; wood workshop, 4 p.m.; sled dog show, 4:30 p.m.; Half-pint magic show, 5 p.m; Ray Sands Band, 6-9 p.m.; sled dog show, 6:30 p.m.; fireworks, dusk.
Fair books, which include all pertinent information as well as entry classes, should be available at various outlets by the end of this week. Entry day is Tuesday, July 1, from noon-7 p.m.