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138th annual Stevens County Fair opens Wednesday

The 138th annual Stevens County Fair kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Morris.

Over the five days, visitors can take in a full schedule of events at the fairgrounds.

The annual Fair Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and is free with the purchase of a fair button. Parking is free and there is no charge to attend.

Wednesday is also open class entry day. Bring your entries to the Open Class building between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. Homemakers can enter their items between 7 and 8 p.m.

The entertainment for this year's supper will be participants from the Kiwanis' Talent Show along with Katie Rae. At 6:10 pm there will be a drawing for a trip to Las Vegas. All buttons have a number listed on the face of them and the holder of the button number drawn will have 24 hours to claim the trip.

Other prizes will be given out over the course of the fair. Winning button numbers will be posted outside the fair office.

This year's grandstand lineup includes mud, noise and thrills. Friday night is the Enduro race including small and large cars racing to see who can make the most laps in a given amount of time. There are two classes of cars this year, the larger cars and small front wheel drive cars.

Saturday changes from cars to motorcycles and ATVs with the Super Cross event at 5:30 p.m. At this event large piles of dirt are put on the track area in front of the grandstand and the cycles jump them during their race. Riders start as young as five in this event and it gets wild in all the classes as they fight for that checkered flag. There are about 14 classes of bikes for all ages. The ATV mud run is also part of this event. This is a timed event and the drivers must get through a mud pit.

The Bank of the West Demo Derby closes out the grand stand schedule on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Cars and pickups will be included in the annual demo derby. Drivers compete for the trophy and prize money in each class.

Local riders and drivers are encouraged to participate in these events. Details and entry forms are located on the Fair's Web site, or email the fair as

Of course, there are also a number of free shows throughout the fairgrounds. One of the more popular shows is a demonstration by the Stevens County canine unit. Deputy Graham Holtberg and his K-9 partner, Rico, will give a demonstration on Friday at 1:30 and 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m. at various locations on the fairgrounds.

There is also a full schedule of 4-H judging activities.

There are two new 4-H events for the 2011 Stevens County Fair. Aquatic Robotics is a new and fun adventure in 4-H. Look for the booth located in the back of the 4-H Building for this addition. 4-H members will be sharing the seaperch they built and demonstrate how they work. You will even get an opportunity to try out the seaperch. The Aquatic Robotics booth will be open on Sunday, Aug. 14, from noon - 2 p.m.

Want to see the livestock upclose and personal? Learn about the animals from feed to care? Learn what is involved to show the animals? A Livestock Show and Tell event is planned on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the 4-H Livestock Arena. 4-H youth will have their animals on display and be there to share their knowledge and answer your livestock questions. There will be stations for horse, beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit and goat.