Hamilton County Fair is this week

The Hamilton County Fair in Webster City begins its five-day run Wednesday with a variety of entertainment, open class and commercial displays along with numerous livestock and small animals shows.

The only cost to enter the grounds is a $3 daily car parking charge. Fairgoers can purchase a week long car pass for $8 at the Fair Office.

Admission to grandstand activities Thursday through Sunday is $10 for ages 16 and up each evening.

A POP pass for all grandstand entertainment is available for $35, a savings of $5 on the adult four-night price, or $20 for ages 7 to 15.

There is no admission charge for individuals to the grounds.

Also, the 96th Annual Hamilton County Fair in Webster City opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday July 23 with the traditional Fair parade.

The parade will go north from Elm and Prospect Streets to Second Street. From there the parade heads south on Superior then east on Bank Street to the Fairgrounds.

Racing to the fair

Two big nights of auto racing are set for the Hamilton County Fair.

Thursday Night Thunder, on July 25, offers a larger-than normal payout to drivers. In years past, the event has drawn some of the state’s top drivers with more than 120 cars competing in the six classes offered. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

The Saturday Night Classic race on July 27, will feature regular season point races along with drawings for kid’s prizes. The youngsters will also receive a bag of treats sponsored by My MedMart. The Hamilton County Speedway Racing Association will induct four new members into their Hall of Fame during a short intermission.

Free events

There is free entertainment set for each day of the 96th Annual Hamilton county Fair in Webster City.

North Central Iowa Antique Tractor Club members will have their restored tractors on display all week on the west side of the horse barn.

Hypnotist Brian Imbus will be on the Ed Prince stage Thursday through Saturday for 1, 3 and 5 p.m. performances. He has entertained thousands of audiences with his fast paced spectacle of laughter and excitement.

On Saturday, July 27, talented local youth will compete at 2 p.m. on the Ed Prince stage for a chance to qualify for the Iowa State Fair Talent show.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Border Brigade Archery club will present demonstrations in the Claude Horse arena.

Every day of the Fair, youngsters can compete in the Farm Bureau sponsored Pedal Pull competition. The event takes place at 3:30 p.m. just south of the COOP Building. Daily winners vie for their age championship at 4 p.m. on Sunday.