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Vinland Fair to feature music, games

August 6, 2006

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Wacky scarecrows, tractor pulls, log sawing and musical entertainment will be among the highlights again this year at the Vinland Fair.

The fair begins Thursday and will continue through Saturday.

Even if temperatures approach the century mark as they have the past couple of weeks, there will be ways to cool off at this year's fair, organizers said. A larger tent will be put up close to the center of activities and the entertainment stage.

"People can go in and sit at one of the tables, and there will be a breeze blowing through," said Nora Cleland, a member of the fair's board of directors. "It's actually quite tolerable."

Children's games will be every day at the fair. They will start at 2 p.m. Thursday with nail-driving and log-sawing contests while adults compete in old-time and modern farm skill competitions.

Friday's activities get under way at 10 a.m. with children's stock bicycle races, followed by other games at noon. Saturday at noon, children can enter pets in 16 categories for pet displays.

Friday night will feature the antique tractor pull contest, which attracts more than 100 participants from a multistate area.

Nightly entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band (Thursday), the Shyster Mountain Gang Band (Friday) and Cubby Lane and the Secrets (Saturday).

Homemade ice cream contests will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The fair also will have plenty of livestock, crafts, sewing, baking and canning items on display. The livestock show will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Admission and parking are free, and there are no entry fees for exhibits and competitions except for the entries in the antique tractor pull. The traditional chicken and homemade noodle dinners will be served Friday and beef brisket dinners on Saturday. Dessert all three days will be homemade fruit pies.

Planning is already under way for next year's 100th anniversary of the Vinland Fair.

"We are planning a lot of things, but we really haven't settled on any one thing," Cleland said. "We're open to suggestions. There aren't many fairs around that have been in existence for 100 years."

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