The Lake County Fair invites attendees to "Jump Into Fun" Aug. 8-11 at the county fairgrounds on County Road 2 in Two Harbors.

What's new this year

Regular fair attendees might notice the midway will look quite a bit different this year as the typical carnival rides will be replaced with inflatable units. Fair organizer Rachel Bailey explained that the midway company the fair contracted with in the past decided to move on to a bigger fair.

"It left us in a hard spot because we are a smaller fair, so it’s tough to find a midway that wants to come up here," Bailey said. "So we went with an inflatable company that will have 10 units for the whole family to enjoy. We think it will be a nice change and a fun time for everyone."

The inflatable units will include traditional bounce houses for younger children, obstacle courses, a 22-foot slide and games for players of all ages.

Another big change to this year's fair will be in the entertainment lineup. The traditional Renegade Run and barrel race will be on Sunday, Aug. 11, this year instead of Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Friday will instead be capped off with a new event — a Midwest Wrestling Alliance (MWA) Pro Wrestling show at 7 p.m. in the commercial building.

"We heard about them from another smaller fair in the area," Bailey said. "They put on great family-friendly wrestling events that really seem to draw people in and get them cheering. We're super excited to have them here."

Returning to the fair

Miles Woodruff tosses a hay bale in the adult section of the contest, earning first place in the toss during the 2018 Lake County Fair. The hay bale toss will return this year on Sunday, Aug. 18. (News-Chronicle file photo)
Miles Woodruff tosses a hay bale in the adult section of the contest, earning first place in the toss during the 2018 Lake County Fair. The hay bale toss will return this year on Sunday, Aug. 18. (News-Chronicle file photo)

The fair will have some classic features returning this year. Strolling musician Paul Imholte will return to play string music around the fairgrounds Thursday, Aug. 8, and will perform on the commercial stage at 4 p.m Thursday. Following Imholte will be the amateur talent contest which will feature local talent acts. Winning acts will be invited to compete at the Minnesota State Fair.

The evening will end with the return of the 3K Dirt Dash, a run through the woods along a muddy path.

"It’s rough terrain and you get pretty muddy and it’s a little tough, but fun," Bailey said "We’ll hose you down afterwards."

Friday will be Kids' Day and feature Magic Village Shows at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Eddie Ojard will also perform at 3 p.m. on the commercial stage.

Saturday, Aug. 10 will see the return of the 28th annual pie contest at 4 p.m., followed by the watermelon eating contest at 6 p.m. The evening entertainment will be provided by the Christopher David Hanson Band, an Iron Range-based band, on the commercial stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The fair will wrap up with the Renegade Riders barrel race Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and the traditional family contests featuring the hay bale toss, frying pan toss and blindfolded lawn mower race in the arena at 5 p.m.

For more information on the Lake County Fair, visit thelakecountyfair.com.