County Fair set to kick off 160th year of summer fun

Rite of summer featuring everything from animals to music opens next week
Ozaukee Press staff

The Ozaukee County Fair is celebrating its 160th birthday this year with traditional fair entertainment and events and, as always, free admission.

One of those traditions is the 4-H Blue Ribbon Small Animal sale, now in its 19th year.

The sale features poultry, rabbits and goats presented by 4-H members.

The sale will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, the last day of this year’s fair, which starts at noon on Wednesday, July 31.

A preview of the animals will be at 10 a.m. in the poultry/rabbit building. Registered buyers will be given a voucher good for one milk shake at the 4-H refreshment stand.

The Ozaukee County Fair has been in operation since 1859 and bills itself as “one of the last free fairs in the Midwest.”

The fair runs from noon to midnight on Wednesday, July 31, 8 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, Aug. 1, Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg.

Besides animal shows and judging, crafts and classic fair food, the fair also will feature opening-night fireworks on Wednesday.

Specials include Wristband Days on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, offering unlimited carnival rides for $20.

On Friday from noon to 5 p.m., all rides require one less coupon. Also on Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., rides are free to special needs children and adults.

Headlining this year’s fair is Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr, who will appear on the Center Stage following opening act Wire and Nail. 

A native of Missouri, Farr’s hits include “Whiskey in My Water,” “Withdrawls,” “Better in Boots” and his No. 1 hit, “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.”

The Milwaukee-based Wire and Nail will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. to play outlaw country and classic American rock music.

Other musical acts include:

• The Love Monkeys, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Center Stage. Pop, reggae and popular hits.

• FM Rodeo, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Main Stage. Country hits.

• Kelsey Miles, 7 p.m., Thursday, Main Stage. Blues, rock, soul and country.

• Detour, 7 p.m., Friday, Main Stage. Rock, pop, alternative and country from the ’70s through today.

• Bella Cain, 8 p.m., Friday, Center Stage. Top 40 country.

• Riding Shotgun, 7 p.m., Saturday, Main Stage. Rock, pop, country hits.

• The Toys, 8 p.m., Saturday, Center Stage. Hits from the ’80s to today.

• The Doo-Wop Daddies, 1 p.m., Sunday, Center Stage. Pop harmonies from the ’50s and ’60s.

• Matt Tyner, 1 p.m., Sunday, Center Stage. Outlaw country and Americana.

Other events include:

• The 49th Annual Budd Post Memorial Truck and Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., Wednesday.

• Truck and tractor pull, 7 p.m., Thursday.

• Demolition Derby at 6:30 p.m., Friday, and 6 p.m., Saturday.

• The 2019 Fairest of the Fair will be crowned at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ozaukee Pavilion. 

• All-Star Monster Trucks and ATV Stunts, 1:30 p.m., Sunday.

• Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids, 2 p.m., Sunday.

• Chainsaw Carver Auction, 4 p.m., Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Ozaukee County Fair.

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