The Vinland Fair opens next week with a new schedule and a new look to its fairgrounds.
The longtime traditional entrance to the fairgrounds, through the Vinland school grounds, has been closed to provide more playground area, said Nora Cleland, a member of the Vinland Fair Board. The new entrance to the fairgrounds will be just west of the school yard, off Douglas County Road 460.
Schedule changes at this year's fair, which runs from Thursday through Saturday, will put the annual talent show at 7 p.m. Thursday. Donna Caviness and Kelly Babbit will continue as show coordinators.
The second schedule change places the beef, sheep and swine show on Saturday, Aug. 20, along with the dairy show, instead of Friday. Cleland said the change will allow Saturday fair-goers the opportunity to view the all of livestock shows. Animals are to be entered by 11 on the morning of the show with judging that afternoon at 2.
Home economics, flowers, garden and agricultural products, and 4-H and youth department projects are to be entered by 6 p.m. Thursday. Judging will take place Friday.
Here's a listing of the daily events:
The antique engine show and build-a-scarecrow show will continue all day; the old and new quilt display and old apron show will begin.
1 p.m.: Old-time and modern tractor operating skills, nail driving, log sawing.
7 p.m.: Rabbit show begins; talent show.
8:30 p.m. Lonesome Hoboes Band.
9 a.m.: Stock bicycle races.
Noon: Races, sack races, tug of war.
3 p.m.: Antique tractor pull weigh-in.
7 p.m.: Antique tractor pull.
8 p.m.: Calhoun County Band.
9 a.m.: Horseshoe pitching.
10 a.m.: Registration for pet parade and turtle race.
11 a.m.: Beef, dairy, sheep and swine entries must be in place. Box turtle race and pet parade.
1 p.m.: Pedal tractor pull weigh-in.
1:30 p.m.: Pedal tractor pull.
2 p.m.: Livestock judging begins.
5 p.m.: Lawn and garden tractor course driving competition.
7 p.m.: Homemade ice cream contest judging and serving.
8 p.m.: Jeff Nelson and Band Zephyr.