By Paul Struck, Editor
An abundance of quality family entertainment awaits those attending the 2005 Cherokee County Fair beginning Thursday, July 7, and concluding Sunday night, July 10, at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds.
An exciting bull riding and barrell racing event produced by T&C Rodeo Company of Lamoni kicks off the nightly entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, to be followed by a fantastic fireworks show sure to please one and all.
Friday night's big event is the Regional Outlaw Sanctioned Mid-Summer Sweep Tractor Pull at 7 p.m., presented by the Iowa Tractor Pulling Association.
The hugely popular Demolition Derby is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Cherokee County Pork Producers serving grilled pork burgers in the Main Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday's big nightly event that concludes the four-day celebration is the Fair Queen Contest beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The 2004 Fair Queen Melissa Keith will crown the 2005 winner.
Among the many daily features include an exotic petting zoo and pony rides, amusements on the Midway, and chain saw artistry.
An adult golf cart obstacle course race is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Main Arena; a Teen dance featuring D.J. John Seel is scheduled for 9 p.m. to midnight Friday; and Heritage Bank of Aurlelia will serve free watermelon from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Activity Building, and the Cherokee County Beef Producers will serve beef burgers at the south end of the grounds beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, a diaper derby and smile contest is on tap for 11 a.m. in the Activity Building; a pedal tractor pull is set for 12:30 p.m. in the Main Arena for ages 4-11; Kid's Day, including Cletus Henke Magic Show, on the Midway is from noon to 4 p.m.; and the Ladies Day Program with Jennie Herrick is 10 a.m. in the Activity Building.
Sunday features the Bill Riley Talent Show at 2 p.m. in the Activity Building, and the third annual ATV Extravaganza is at 1 p.m. on the south end of the grounds.
Thursday through Sunday will be the 4-H judging, exhibits and presentations, and a special appearance by the Cavaliers Drill Team is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Season tickets get you through the gate every day and in to all the programs. Advanced tickiet sales end 5 p.m. Wednesday. To order tickets contact Cherokee County Fair, P.O. Box 53, Cherokee, Iowa 51012.
Tickets cost $10 for adults ($12 at gate July 7), and $5 for children ages 5-12 ($7 at gate july 7). Daily tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Ages four and under are admitted free.
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