It was a picture-perfect day for the opening of the 147th McLeod County Fair. Festivities began at 1 p.m. Wednesday with a patriotic salute by Bobbi Ludewig singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” accompanied by Bev Wangerin on the main stage in the Corporate Tent.
Next up was Robert Hantge, fair board president, who welcomed the crowd and recognized 30-year parking volunteer Rube Schutz of Hutchinson. Hantge called him the “parking guru.” Schutz is retiring after this year.
Crooner Erv George was the featured entertainment at the Senior Citizen Program. He took the audience on a sentimental journey of favorites by luminaries such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.
Casey Walter, fair manager, and Cynthia Buchholz, a barn quilt painting instructor, introduced the new self-guided barn quilt tour. It features six images that can be seen throughout the fairgrounds. Want to be part of this? You can join in the fun of painting a quilt square 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in the South Tent.
While Jim’s Brewers played toe-tappin’ polka music Wednesday afternoon to a crowd in the Pavilion, Glencoe’s Golden Entertainers Bell Choir rang up the songs on the Miller Manufacturing Stage. They were followed by members of Therapy Dogs International, who introduced their four-legged friends.
Meanwhile in the Commercial Building, Karen Gensmer explained the Power of Produce program at the Hutchinson Farmers Market followed by Dan Mahon, who talked about farm succession and estate planning, both on the B&C Plumbing & Heating Legacy Stage.
This was only a small part of all the activities taking place at the County Fair. The Midway was open, animal shows were happening and exhibits were ready for browsing.
It’s been said there’s #muchinhutch, and those words resonate at the McLeod County Fair.
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Make way for Zachary Schaufler, 2, of Stewart on his tractor, spreading manure in the Commercial Building at the fairgrounds. The tractor was part of a play area with lots of farm toys to explore courtesy of Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson.
Valerie Mackenthun, left, her daughter Hadley and mother Rose Spicer check out the little alligators on display at the Wild Things Zoo Attractions exhibit.
Lynn Schauer of Schauer’s Sheep, Glencoe, was busy giving buzz cuts before the sheep show on Thursday.
Holly the goat and her hairdresser, Sophie Dolezal of Silver Lake, bond over a bath and some brushing as they prepare for the goat show.
Wyatt Schaefer, 3, of Litchfield was thrilled to chase pinewood derby cars as they cruised down ramps.
Jude, Elias and Lily Collette of Stewart enjoy a quick ride down the slide at the Midway Wednesday.
Robert Hantge, fair board president, right, honored 30-year volunteer Rube Schutz during the opening program. Schultz is a “parking guru” and is retiring after this year.
The new Barn Quilt Tour features six images including “Cow Collage” at the Agribition Building. It was donated in memory of Barb Peterson, a longtime McLeod County Fair dairy cattle exhibitor.
Glencoe’s Golden Entertainers Bell Choir sings “Daisy, Daisy” with a bit of acting out the lyrics by Ron Miskosky and Pam Schmidt. Enjoying the show in the background are Mary Ann Breyer and Alice Olson.
Sue Keiser of Hutchinson is with Ella, her golden retriever. The two were part of the Therapy Dogs International presentation Wednesday afternoon on the Miller Manufacturing Stage.
It’s a good thing the food and wine exhibits are under lock and key because these blue-ribbon winning cinnamon rolls look good enough to eat.
The Horticulture Building was blooming with ribbon-winning flower displays. Need help with plant questions? Stop by the McLeod County Master Gardeners booth. Members are available to help.