Getting piggy with it

(Published August 3, 2006, 11:45 a.m.)

By Mike Heine/The Week

Will Smith might not be there, but there are still plenty of reasons Walworth County fairgoers should be getting piggy with it this year.

Fair officials have chosen the slogan "You'll Be in Hog Heaven" as the theme of this year's event, which runs Wednesday, Aug. 30 until Monday, Sept. 4. Remember to wear pink.

"We're about fun," said Sue Pruessing, fair marketing director. "The world is in a tough place right now and for six days, you can forget about all the troubles in the world."

The grand opening ceremony is 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at the main gate.

The fair follows the same entertainment format as it has in past years - truck and tractor pulls on the first night, music acts on the following four days, and ends with three smash-em-up demolition derby heats.

Grandstand musical entertainment includes early 60's pop crooner Bobby Vinton, country legend Kenny Rogers, mainstream country artist Terri Clark and straight out of the disco-ball era, K.C. & The Sunshine Band. The performers take the stage Thursday through Sunday, respectively.

The popular Country Idol contest continues for its third year. Semi-finals are on the Park Stage Wednesday and the finals on Thursday following the Fairest of the Fair contest. The Country Idol winner gets their first taste of a big stage by opening for Terri Clark on Saturday.

New to the grandstand this year is an antique thresher demonstration and an antique car and tractor parade on Saturday. Every classic vehicle arriving that day receives two free admissions to the fair. Just be sure to enter at the north gate.

Those who like the stage can also see "Miniatures in Motion," a group of 30 miniature horse driving drill teams. The team of 4-H'ers, now in its third year, has performed at the North Iowa Horse Fest, Harvard Milk Days, Kentucky Horse Park and the Boone Count (Ill.) Fair. Decked out in identical wooden carts, leather harnesses and uniforms, the group performs choreographed dressage movements that will wow onlookers on Friday.

Longtime midway operator Farrow Shows has been bought out by North American Midway Entertainment, Pruessing said. Most of the rides and games will remain the same as in pervious years.

However, added to the midway lineup is the "Monster House" attraction, an interactive fun house based on the recently released animated film of the same name. Those who climb into the Monster House will join characters DJ, Chowder and Jenny as they set out on their quest to save the neighborhood from the mysterious house. The Monster House is complete with art, clips and sound sequences from the film.

The midway's $20 wristband day is Wednesday. Prices for midway entertainment are reduced by one ticket on Friday. The midway's last blast starts at 4 p.m. Monday when $18 gets you unlimited rides until 9 p.m.

Kids can also go from a funhouse to fame at the fair when the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile pulls in to host the "Sing the Jingle, Be a Star" contest.

Kids who sing the famous Oscar Mayer Hot Dog, B-O-L-O-G-N-A or Spanish jingles with a chance to star in a new Oscar Mayer TV commercial.

Remember that the kids showing their animals are the real stars of the fair. Be sure to check out the barns filled with all kinds of furry and feathered animals.

Judging dates are listed below. The meat animal sale, which raised more than $300,000 for showers last year, is at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

Getting to the fair should be much easier this year. The fair will provide shuttle service from three parking lots in downtown Elkhorn - two around the government center square and one on South Lincoln Street. Parking is still free at lots around the fairgrounds.

For more information about this year's fair, visit the Web,

Walworth County Fair

Wednesday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 4.

Gate Admission

$8 adults, $2 children (8-12); free for children 7 and under.

Season passes are $30 for adults and $8 for children 8-12.

Discount Days

Senior Day is Thursday, Aug. 31. $2 for seniors 65 and over.



Juniors: swine, horticulture, dogs, dairy

Open: antiques, horticulture, pride on display, baking, photography, draft horses


Juniors: swine, beef, sheep, calves

Open: swine, beef, antiques, arts and crafts, home ec, draft horses


Juniors: dairy, rabbits

Open: clothing, home furnishings, sheep


Juniors: goat, rabbit, poultry

Open: dairy, draft horses


Open: rabbits, dairy goats, wool fleece, sheep lead-in



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