Summertime is packed full of celebrations and activities. An event that goes hand in hand with summer is a county fair. 2016 will be the fifth year of a county fair in Killdeer, ND. Most of the fair events will be in one central location by the High Plains Cultural Center and the arena.
The Dunn County Fair begins on Sunday, August 7 with 4-H Achievement Days. 4-H entries are open for viewing Monday afternoon. The Open Class exhibits entries are between 9 am and noon Tuesday, August 7, 2016. They will be open to the public that afternoon. The exhibits will be displayed until they are picked up Wednesday afternoon, August 10. The 4-H Horse Show will also be Tuesday. The 4-H Livestock Show will be Wednesday and followed by the Premium.
The Open Class section of the county fair seems to be understood the least in Dunn County. It is the part of a fair where anyone and everyone is1encouraged to participate. Not only is it free, but it literally pays. Open Class exhibits is a community showcase competition. Entrants bring in their flowers, vegetables, art, crafts, quilts, photographs or any hobby item to be judged. Every item receives a ribbon and a monetary prize. The more items a person brings in the bigger the reward. A person can enter several exhibits and potentially pay for the family to eat at the cook-off on Friday or attend the ranch rodeo on Saturday.
Friday will have new additions to the fair schedule. A team roping event and variety of Buckaroo Games will be at the rodeo grounds. The new cook-off will be at the HPCC along with the Dress-a-Doll Contest.
The Dunn County Cookoff is Friday evening August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost of eating is five dollars to sample all the entries. Any individual or business is encouraged to enter the cookoff. Dunn County has become home to people from all over the country. This is a tasteful opportunity to share favorite recipes and compete for prize money. The winner is chosen by the public attending with a People’s Choice Award. The event this year will be hosted and sponsored by Western Choice Cooperative of Killdeer. To enter the contest contact Tracy or Serena at the C-Store or call 764-7450.
The dolls for a Dress-A-Doll Contest may be picked up at American Bank Center in Killdeer, ND. It is a contest where the entrants make an outfit for a eighteen inch doll. The dolls are displayed during the cook-off and auctioned off.
There is a change to the planned 5K run. The Killdeer Area Ambulance has a 5K Glow Run planned for Friday evening at 9 p.m. at the Medicine Hole Golf Course. There is a cost of $25 which includes a glow in the dark shirt and bracelet.
The 4th Annual Day of the Cowboy Ranch Rodeo will begin with a Cowboy History Presentation at 1 p.m. It is full of five exciting events that are not your typical rodeo events. The entrants compete for $2,000 plus added purse. The awards will follow at the HPCC along with a Chuckwagon Dinner and music.
The DC Cruiser Car Show will also be back this year by the Veteran’s Memorial Wall in front of the HPCC.
The fair week will conclude on Sunday August 14, 2016 with a Team Roping at 1 p.m. Brunch will be served at the rodeo grounds after the 10 a.m. Cowboy Church in the Arena.
Killdeer is at the heart of western North Dakota’s Cowboy Country, the Dunn County Fair hopes to keep the west alive in the community.
For more information on the Dunn County Fair in Killdeer, ND facebook page fr questions, comments, see the exhibit book and all the event posters. Dunn County Fair information is also on the HPCC website. Look for the upcoming fair schedule that will run the Friday before week.