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Contests galore, as Houston County Fair kicks off Wednesday

Big concerts, food, 4-H, a demo derby, and a whole lot more happening in Caledonia, MN this week.



With a motto like “Where Town and Country Meet,” a fair has to live up to that phrase. The Houston County Fair plans to do just that again this year.

: Aug. 18-21 (full schedule)
WHERE: 203 South History Lane, Caledonia, Minn.

Fair Manager, Emily Johnson, told Classic Hits 94.7 there’s something for everyone.

“We have everything from open class 4-H, entertainment for kids, major concerts in the grandstand and demo derbying,” Johnson said.

The grandstand schedule is indeed a big lineup:

  • Thursday: Wayland Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Neal McCoy Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: Demolition Derby, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Tuff Trucks, 1 p.m.

There are also an incredible amount of contests all week, including:
4-H planter contest — 6 p.m.
Talent contest — 6:30 p.m.
Queen coronation — after talent

ADA dairy bake-off — 2 p.m.
Chocolate brownie contest — 6 p.m.

Favorite Mac & Cheese contest — 5:30 p.m.

Diaper derby — 10 a.m.
Lego contest — 11 a.m.
Apple pie contest — 4 p.m.

Euchre tourney — 11 a.m.
Main dish contest — 11 a.m.
Dessert contest — 11:30 a.m.
Yard Yahtzee — noon

There is also, of course, plenty to eat and drink at the fair, too.

Johnson promised many of the favorites:

  • Stumpy’s
  • Smoke and Chrome
  • Oly’s Mini Donuts
  • The Udder Place
  • The 4-H Food Stand.

The Midwest Rides Carnival will run Thursday-Sunday.

Full schedule and wristband information can be found clicking here.

With the help of community members and businesses, they’ve also added a new livestock building — the Schulze Livestock Building. A ribbon cutting ceremony for that is at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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