The 2013 Dunn County Fair gets underway on Aug. 2, with several new events scheduled this year.
July 26, 2013
The Chili Cook-Off opens the fair, according to Sue Powers-Hartman, chairman of the fair committee. She said the event will be held at the Buckskin Dance Hall. Denise Sandvick, who is in charge of the cook-off, said anyone who wants to enter the contest should contact her soon to get registered and obtain a list of rules and regulations. Cooks will begin stirring up their dishes at 1 pm, and the public is welcome to sample the goods at 5 pm.
The public is also welcome to come to the Buckskin at 4:30 pm to vote on the people’s choice winner of the dress-a-doll contest. Powers-Hartman said the dolls will be on display at First International Bank in Killdeer until Aug. 2 when they will be moved to the Buckskin for the voting. The contest ends at 7 pm, and the dolls will be auctioned off at that time.
Powers-Hartman said there are still a few dolls at the bank waiting for someone to claim them. Completed dolls should be returned soon to the bank for display.
A car show and 50s music highlights the morning activities on Saturday, Aug. 3. The show, staged at the Veterans’ Memorial near the rodeo grounds, will feature vintage vehicles owned by members of the Dunn County Cruisers, and others. Cheryl Boyce is president of te Cruisers. Anyone wishing to enter a car in the show is asked to contact her soon.
Exhibition barrel racing begins at 10:30 at the rodeo grounds, with the competition to start at 12:30. Linda Vigen is coordinating the barrel events, and interested participants should contact her.
A bike and pet parade begins at the Hill Top Home of Comfort at 3 pm, and area children are invited to participate.
Capping off Saturday’s events is a ranch rodeo schedule to begin at 6 pm at the rodeo grounds.
A fun run at the Medicine Hole Golf Course will begin at 7 am on Sunday, according to Carol Bang of Killdeer, who is organizing the run with Mary Wheeling. To enter, contact either Carol of Mary for details.
A brunch is schedule at the Legion Club on Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary. A freewill offering will be accepted.
On Monday, a quilt exhibit and show is planned in the old gym at the school, according to Sherleen Hauck of Dunn Center, who is chairing the event with Cheryl Smith of Halliday. Sherleen said everyone who exhibits a quilt will be charged a flat fee of $5, regardless of how many projects they enter. Prizes will be awarded to the top entry in each of these categories: bed-size quilts, baby quilts, wall hangings, and wearable art. Antique quilts will also be displayed, and everyone is encouraged to submit entries in all of the categories. All quilts should be brought to the Killdeer school between 7 am and 10 am on Monday, Aug. 5. Judging will take place between noon and 2 pm and the public is invited to view the entries from 2 to 7 pm on Monday and on Tuesday, from 9 am to 3 pm to help select the people’s choice winners.
Hauck said a queen-size quilt, made by women of the community, will be raffled off, with proceeds to benefit next year’s quilt show. Second prize in the raffle is a table runner, also made by women of the community, and third prize is a mesh tote bag made by Sharon Neurohr of Halliday. Tickets will be sold through Sept. 6 when the quilt will be given away.
The fair’s open class show will be held in conjunction with the quilt show. Exhibitors of all ages are welcome to display handiwork completed in 2012-13, according to Candice Benz of Dunn Center who is coordinating the open class show. She said age divisions are preschool (age 5 and under), children (6-11 years of age), youth (12-18 years of age), adult (18 years and over) and super-senior (70 years and over). Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded, and anyone can exhibit as many items in each area as they choose.
Non-judged items will also be displayed for show only.
Categories include food and nutrition, needlework, arts and crafts, photography, gardening, crop production and specialty class (reduce, reuse, recycle).
All items should be at the old gym at the Killdeer Public School between 7 and 10 am on Monday. Judging will be from noon to 2 pm when the exhibits will be open to the public.
Capping off the event will be a pie contest with Benz in charge. Benz said all types of pies are welcome, except meat pies. Bakers can use a store-bought crust if they wish. Pies should be brought to lunchroom at the Killdeer school by noon on Aug. 6. Judging will be held at 12:30 pm and prize awarded at 1. The pies will then be sliced up and sold to the public from 1-2 pm.
Dunn County 4-H Achievement Days will also be held on Aug. 5-7.