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"The biggest thing going on at our fair is 4-H. It's increased in numbers every year I've been on the fair board," said Fillmore County Fair Board President Greg Dornink, anticipating the start of the 2013 Fillmore County Fair. The fair starts this year with opening day on Monday, July 22, and continues through Saturday, July 27, at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston.

Dornink said this year, the fair board has done all it can to relocate, remodel and reallocate space just to accommodate the number of youngsters who bring livestock and other projects to the fair...poultry, goats, dairy, beef, horses, sheep and more.

The goats now will spend fair week in the beer garden...well, make that the former beer garden, to be precise. The beer garden now is set up in its own "Beer Barn" down the row.

"When all the other fair boards I've heard from are telling me that they've got falling 4-H numbers, we're trying to find more space. 4-H is a strong thing at the Fillmore County Fair," Dornink said proudly.

Dornink stated that this year, for the first time, armbands for the midway will be available until July 22 at the fair board and Extension offices.

Highlights of the 2013 Fillmore County Fair include a myriad of 4-H projects, contests, tunes, demolition derby, a horse pull, rodeo, music, arm-wrestling, awards, a midway, cotton candy, milkshakes and meanders through the barns.

Monday, July 22, the first day of the fair, features general project judging.

Tuesday's filled with open class entry from 10 in the morning until 7 at night, and the horse training begins at that same time. The 4-H Horse Pleasure Show, the poultry show, registration for the judging contest, and the dairy and general contest take up the rest of the day, and it's Church Night in the entertainment building at 6:30 p.m., a chance for fair-goers to come together and start the week off as a congregation.

Wednesday, July 24, starts off with the swine show, the 4-H Horse Trail and Game Show, open class judging, and after noon, the sheep show and lamb lead. It's 4-H Night at the Fair and the awards program is set for 6:30 p.m., the live auction for 7, and 4-H Night in the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. "Doug Otto and the Get Aways" will take the grandstand stage after the youngsters are finished.

Thursday features ag awareness events all day, the 4-H dairy, rabbit and goat shows, ECFE crafting in the entertainment building, arm-wrestling and bull riding at 7 p.m., with "Troubleshooter" rounding out the day in the entertainment building at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 26, is a busy day, starting off with the 4-H beef show at 8 a.m., the draft horse pull in the grandstand at 11 a.m., ECFE crafting in the entertainment building at 2 p.m., the llama show, a volleyball tournament at 3, the pedal tractor pull and a sub eating contest at 5, the Jackpot Goat Show at 4, the Jackpot Sheep Show at 7, 4-H auction sign-up, the Triple B Rodeo in the grandstand at 7 and the band "Rhino" at the entertainment building.

Saturday's activities include the Buyer's Breakfast at 8 a.m., the auction to follow at 9 a.m., the Horse Fun Show, the open class All Breed Show, ECFE crafting in the entertainment building, music from "The Middle Spunk Creek Boys" in the grandstand, the 4-H Species Scramble, the demolition derby at 6 p.m., exhibits released at 6:30 p.m., and the "Dirt Road Prophets" closing down the 2013 Fillmore County Fair in the entertainment building.

The Fillmore County Agricultural Society's officers include Dornink, vice president Dennis DeVries and secretary-treasurer Kathy Tesmer.

The Fillmore County district representatives are Robert Kappers, District 1, Kyle Chiglo and Doug Lind, District 2, Kathy Tesmer, Aaron Mathison and Dennis DeVries, District 3, Jennifer Pickett, Colin Winslow and Greg Dornink, District 4, and District 5, Lowell Drinkall, Karl Housker and Devon Kruger.

For more information on the Fillmore County Fair's events and activities, log onto www.fillmorecountyfair.com.