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With the theme of “Wibaux Strong!”, the Wibaux County Fair is August 19-23! In addition to the 4-H and FFA livestock judging and 4-H and school indoor exhibits, there will be a Chicken Dinner for a Dollar; Night Show; 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale; Barbeque for A Buck; Rodeo Slack, Stick Horse Rodeo, and NRA/NWRA/NRCA Rodeo; Church in the Park; Parade. There will be no open class indoor or livestock exhibits this year.

The Fair begins on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with 4-H  non-perishable entry day from 5 -7 p.m. This includes indoor entries for 4-H member projects, 4-H Cloverbuds and 4-H Project Day exhibits. 4-H Members: get your tags filled out and attached to turn your entries in at the Exhibit Hall only.

Thursday morning, Aug. 20, beginning at 7 a.m., 4-H perishable exhibits may be brought into the exhibit hall; the exhibit hall closes promptly at 8:30 a.m. for 4-H indoor judging to begin. At 9 a.m. the 4-H horse show begins, followed by 4-H poultry judging at 11 a.m., and 4-H rabbit judging at 1 p.m. The Fair Board is requesting that only the 4-H member and immediate family attend the judging, while social distancing. The 4-H & FFA livestock weigh-in and ultra-sounding goes from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The 4-H food booth will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday morning, Aug. 21, the 4-H and FFA livestock judging begins at 9 a.m. Once again, the Fair Board is requesting that only the 4-H/FFA member and immediate family attend the judging, while social distancing. The hog alleyway will need to clear of spectators and only the 4-H/FFA member present when getting their hog. The schoolhouse and exhibit hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to view exhibits and vendor booths. The 4-H food booth will be open on Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed from 2 - 4 p.m., and open again from 4 - 9 p.m. On Friday evening from 5 - 7 p.m., Stevenson Funeral Home is sponsoring a Chicken Dinner for a Dollar. You must have a daily wristband on to pay $1 for your meal. Preschool children eat free. The Fair Board is encouraging people to eat outside on the many picnic tables, benches, and spools that will be nearby. If you wish to sit at a table, the Quonset will be open only during the dinner.

On Friday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m., the Wibaux County Fair night show brings you Connie Gjermundson, and at 8 p.m., Cale Moon takes the stage. Following the show from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., “Dance in the Dirt” when Cale takes the stage one more time. Social distancing is encouraged in the grandstand and in the beer booth.

On Saturday morning, Aug. 22, the NRA/NWRA/NRCA slack begins at 8 a.m. The schoolhouse and exhibit hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to view exhibits and vendor booths. The 4-H food booth will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. New to the schedule this year is the 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale which takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. The Fair Board is requesting that only the 4-H/FFA member, immediate family and buyers attend the sale. The sale will be broadcast on Facebook Live for those not attending in person. Buyers will be asked to check-in at the registration table to receive their bidder number. 4-H/FFA Animals will leave the grounds following the sale.

The ever popular Stick Horse Rodeo for ages 2-7 begins with sign-up at 3:30 p.m., and the start time is 4 p.m. Bring your own stick horse. The Fair Board is requesting that only the contestant and immediate family attend the Stick Horse Rodeo, while social distancing. On Saturday evening from 5 - 7 p.m., Silha Funeral Homes and Stockman Bank are sponsoring a Barbeque for a Buck. You must have a daily wristband on to pay $1 for your meal. Preschool children eat free. The Fair Board is encouraging people to eat outside on the many picnic tables, benches, and spools that will be nearby. If you wish to sit at a table, the Quonset will be open only during the dinner.

A Calcutta for the saddle bronc riders will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Rodeo at 7 p.m. With an added purse of $8,500 there will be an NRA/NWRA/NRCA Rodeo produced by Big Circle Rodeo Company. Champion belt buckles will be awarded in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. This year’s rodeo announcer will be Randy Taylor from Menno, SD. Back by popular demand, is Mutton Bustin’, with a 10-contestant max. Entry forms and waivers are available at the Wibaux County Extension Office.

Following the rodeo from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., “Kick the Dust Up” with DJ Tom Allen.

On Sunday, Aug. 25, there is a Community Church Service held at the Wibaux City Park at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at 11 a.m.The Wibaux County Fair does not have a parking or gate fee. Daily wristbands will be sold for each event. Three-day bundles are being sold at the Corner Market, the Wibaux General Store, and the Wibaux Pioneer-Gazette. If you wish to purchase a wristband for a single day, you must go to the Wibaux County Extension Office. You must be wearing a wristband to pay only $1 for the Chicken Dinner and the BBQ for a Buck. Daily admission for adults is $15; grades K-12 are $10; and pre-school is free.  

For individuals interested in entering the Rodeo, entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17 by calling NRA Central Entry 406-256-6488.  All local entries will be accepted.

Everyone is encouraged to come support the 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale which will be held on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m.  Through the premium system, it is possible to support the livestock sale without actually taking possession of an animal.

For additional information about the Fair, just call or stop by the Wibaux County Extension Office or  “Like” the Wibaux County Fair Facebook page. The telephone number is 406-796-2486. See you at the fair!

Just as a reminder, do not come to the fair if you are susceptible to illness or are not feeling well. Remember to social distance, utilize hand-washing and sanitizing stations, don’t touch your face, and be kind, courteous, and neighborly. Keep Wibaux strong!

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