Good weather and a wide variety of events made the most recent Wadena Town & Country Fair, held Aug. 26-28, a resounding success. From the children’s matinees to the horse races, there was something for nearly everyone.
The Wadena Baptist Church volunteered with children’s activities that included bouncy castles, a climbing wall and games. The fireworks on Friday night brought spectators out to “Oooh” and “Aah” at the show.
Saturday began with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade at 10:30. Children’s entertainment was available at the sports grounds throughout the day, as was the concession. The Burger Burn (more formally known as the Wadena & District Fire Association Barbecue) came after the parade, and the farmers market also ran in the hall.
Town councillors Shelley Fitch, Conrad Eliason and Dennis Berezuik judged the parade entries, awarding first, second and third prizes to, respectively, Wadena Vohon Ukrainian Dance Club; DJ’s Yablonski Auto Body; and the Wadena Museum (for its vintage hay-rack float).
Horse events ran both Saturday and Sunday, with gymkhana, from wee pee to senior, chariot and chuckwagon races all being popular. The co-ed slowpitch tournament took place on Sunday.
The biggest draw appeared to be the second annual demolition derby, which got going shortly after 2 p.m. at the sports grounds and continued to the last car still running. Bernie Bilay with Car #48 took away the big prize.
After the intermission, eight boys and girls participated in a kids’ demolition derby. They had a lot of fun trying to pop the balloons attached to their battery cars. When the dust cleared, Dixon Sobchyshyn still had one balloon left.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the weekend happen!
By Charlene Wirtz