Hamilton County Fair time is here

The Hamilton County Fairgrounds have been a buzz with activities these past few days as volunteers get ready for the launch of the 2016 Hamilton County Fair this week.

This year’s theme is “Our Roots Run Deep Ribbons, Rides and Racing”

Sunday, 4- H clubs began setting up booths and the Clover Kids and pet show judging was held. This morning, 4-H judging continues at the 4-H Exhibit building and commercial exhibits will set up later in the day.

Dog obedience participants and their furry friends will test their skills Tuesday morning with the dog competition in the show arena. The pet show will be held at 1 p.m.

The official kickoff for the Fair is the traditional parade through downtown Webster City Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The midway will open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The 4-H horse show with showmanship and performance classes will begin Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. The poultry show returns this year after last year’s ban due to the avian flu outbreaks across the state. The competition gets underway at 8 a.m. in the show arena. Rabbit showmanship will be held at 11 a.m., followed by the rabbit show judging.

Youngsters are invited to take part in the annual pedal pull competition at 3 p.m.

Members of 4-H clubs from around the county will take part in quiz bowl in the Co-op Building Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday evening brings the annual coronation of the Hamilton County Fair Queen. The nine contestants were judged Saturday during a competition at Asbury United Methodist Church. The program gets underway at 7 p.m. and will be followed by entertainment by a magician.

A pancake breakfast served by the Hamilton County Fair Foundation will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday under the big tent near the midway. The breakfast Sunday continues until 11 a.m.

The breeding and market sheep show is scheduled for Thursday at 8 a.m. in the show area. A 4-H lamb barbecue will be held at noon. The horse show trail lots begin at 1 p.m. Thursday and the goat show is set for 1:30 p.m. In the show arena.

A herding dog demonstration will be held Thursday at 4 and 6 p.m. Prior to and following the bottle lamb show. The Pride of Iowa contest gets underway at 5 p.m. and the beef grooming contest is set for 7 p.m.

Thursday Night Thunder stock car races will cap off the day’s activities with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring IMCA late models, modifieds, stock cars, sport mods and hobby stocks.

Activities on Friday begin with the junior beef show at 8 a.m. In the show arena. The bucket bottle calf show is planed for 5 p.m. Head to the grandstand Friday night for Trailer Races and Pro Impact Wrestling beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday bring the junior swine show at 8 a.m., the 4-H pork barbecue at noon and an archery demonstration in the horse arena at 3 p.m. The grandstand entertainment will be the Saturday Night Classic and Kids Night at the Races. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m.

The horse show with timed and fun events will be held Sunday and the Central Iowa Showdown returns at 11 a.m. in the show arena. The parade of champions and the supreme showman competition will begin at 1 p.m. in the show arena.

Sunday wraps up with the Eve of Destruction Demolition Derby at 5:30 p.m. At the grandstand/racetrack.