What has been billed for years now as the “Biggest Little Fair in Wisconsin” kicks off Friday, Aug. 30 as the four-day run of the Calumet County Fair will happen at the fairgrounds in Chilton.
From popular bands including Vic Ferrari, Road Trip and Chasin’ Mason to all the animals and judging activities for which fairs are known, the Calumet County Fair has something for every age.
“Kids & Kangaroos” is a theme of this year’s fair as an Aussie Kingdom show is planned each day with animals found in Australia. The show is planned on Friday at 2 and 5 p. m. and Saturday through Monday at 11 a. m., 2 p. m. and 5 p. m. each day.
Aussie Kingdom is billed as the only traveling Australian animal stage show in the U. S. and Canada. Attendees may see kangaroos, wallabies, walleroos and other native Australian wildlife, and in some cases be able to touch and hold these animals.
Admission fees to the Calumet County Fair vary as to the day and hour.
On opening day, Friday, folks can enter the fairgrounds until 1 p. m. free. After 1 p. m., it will cost $3.
Saturday fairgoers pay $6 to get into the fair. But from 3:30 to 4:30 p. m. on Saturday people who bring along a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Calumet County Salvation Army enter the grounds free of charge.
Sunday admission is $6 and on Monday it is $6 except military veterans and current Armed Forces people are admitted free with a military ID.
Children who are age 7 and younger are admitted to the fair free of charge.
Admission fees to the grandstand for scheduled events there vary somewhat.
Friday, adults are admitted for the stock car races for $7, while children ages 7 to 15 pay $3.
At the tractor and semi pull on Saturday at 7 p. m. admission is $3.
Sunday, the Catch-A-Pig contest costs $3.
At Saturday and Sunday grandstand events, children age 3 and younger enter free.
Monday the Demo Derby takes place. Adults pay $7 and children ages 7 to 15 pay $3.
Monday is Annual Military Appreciation Day. A military salute service program takes place at 10 a. m.
The fair begins on Friday with bingo played from noon to 4 p. m. The TA-DA Mobile RoBots will be on the grounds from noon to 6 p. m.
In addition to the Aussie Kingdom shows on Friday afternoon, The Del Ray’s are planning to perform from 4 to 8 p. m. The Del Ray’s of Oshkosh are all former members of the Outta Style Show Band. They are a four-piece band which has been performing together since the late 1970s. They perform a variety of rock and roll from the 1950s to the 1970s. The Del Ray’s have performed at numerous public and private events and have also performed with national acts such as Sha-Na-Na, The Crystals, Bobby Vee, Fabian, The Fireballs, Bill Hailey’s Comets, Chubby Checker, The Buckinghams and others.
The 4-H Food Auction is scheduled from 5 to 7 p. m.
Stock car races take place at the grandstand at 7 p. m. and Audio Excitement DJ makes music in the pavilion from 8 p. m. until midnight.
Magician Lou Lapore is scheduled to be on the grounds Saturday through Monday.
The Kiddie Tractor Pull is planned for Saturday with weigh-in at noon and the pull at 1 p. m.
Blend is scheduled to perform from noon to 3:30 p. m. Blend is the a cappella doo-wop group bringing back hits from the 1950s and ‘60s with a twist of fun. Blend was formed at John A. Logan College as a minor project that quickly blossomed into the makings of a successful career for its four members. The Illinois-based group started in 2005 for a talent show and ended up winning it, launching the group on its way.
From noon to 6 p. m. on Saturday, chainsaw artist Dave Bartels will work on and discuss his creations. His creation will be auctioned off on Sunday.
The TA-DA Mobile RoBots are back on the grounds from noon to 6 p. m. on Saturday.
Musical offerings on Saturday will be Diamond and Steel from 4 to 8 p. m., a Neil Diamond Tribute from 6 to 8 p. m., and Chasin’ Mason from 8 p. m. to midnight.
The Tractor Pull and Semi Truck Pull is planned for Saturday starting at 7 p. m. in the grandstand.
A team roping event at 9 a. m. kicks off Sunday’s events, with a church service being conducted at 10 a. m.
The annual market animal sale is scheduled for noon Sunday. The County B Basement Boys will bring their music to the fair from noon to 3:30 p. m.
A Neil Diamond Tribute is planned from noon to 3:30 p. m. on Sunday.
The TA-DA Mobile RoBots are back from noon to 6 p. m.
The horse pull is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p. m.
The Catch a Pig Contest—emceed by Bill Jartz and Emily Matesek of Green Bay’s Action 2 News—is scheduled to start at 3:30 p. m.
The popular hits band Vic Ferrari performs from 3:30 to 7:30 p. m. on Sunday, and more hits are played by Road Trip from 8 p. m. to midnight on Sunday.
Monday (Labor Day) events
The Calumet County Horse Promoters Speed Show begins the final day of the fair starting at 9 a. m.
A salute to the military is planned at 10 a. m., as is the 4-H archery shoot. A car show also opens at 10 a. m. and runs until 3:30 p. m.
The band Copper Box is scheduled to play from 11 a. m. to 2:30 p. m., and the County B Basement Boys will play from noon to 3:30 p. m.
The TA-DA Mobile RoBots are on the grounds from noon to 6 p. m. The Ag Olympics will be held starting at 12:30 p. m.
Jerry Schneider’s popular local polka band is scheduled to play from 2:30 to 5 p. m., and the Demolition Derby—featuring both cars and riding lawnmowers—is scheduled to start at 2:30 p. m.
There also will be food througout the grounds and carnival rides and games.
For more information visit the fair’s Web site: www.calumetcountyfair.com.