One of the biggest events of the summer in the Redwood area is set to open this week, as the 2018 Redwood County Fair will be held July 11-15 on the fairgrounds in Redwood Falls.

According to fair board members Tiffany Hansen and Dillon Kuehn, this year’s event offers a variety of programs, activities and shows for people of all ages.

The fair begins Wednesday with open class entry from 2-8 p.m. 

That night from 7-11 p.m. there will be free DJ entertainment by Dave Munsell. Admission is free Wednesday.

The exhibit halls open at 5 pm. Thursday, and Hansen said there will be tote bags given out to the first 500 people.

Merriam’s Midway is returning again this year, with the midway opening Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday also features the T&A show from 4-7 p.m. with ATV barrel racing in the grandstand at 7 p.m. and a concert by Morgan Wallen and special guest Josh Phillips that night at 8 p.m.

Friday is daycare day starting at 8:30 a.m., with kids day on the midway, when rides are $1, from 1-6:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Over 60 Band will play Friday from 1-2:30 p.m., with Blackhawk and special guest HickTown Mafia in concert at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s events include the baking contest, with blueberry as the theme, at 10 a.m.

A Century Farms program is being held at 12 p.m., with a bean bag tournament also starting at 12 p.m. (registration starts at 11:30 a.m.).

That same day at noon, kids will have the chance to meet members of “Paw Patrol.”

The Alpensterne Band, featuring folk and polka music, will perform from 12-3 p.m., with the Marv Nissel Band playing from 3-5 p.m.

The Saturday grandstand event is the demolition derby at 5 p.m.

Jerrod Niemann with special guest HickTown Mafia will perform a concert starting at 8 p.m.

Sunday is faith and family day at the fair, with the Red Letter Band performing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Mickey and Minnie will be on the fairgrounds at 12 p.m., with wristband day on the midway Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

According to Hansen, the kids pedal pull is being held Sunday at 2 p.m., which is a change in the date from the traditional Saturday competition.

The fair culminates Sunday night with the Redwood Speedway races at 6:30 p.m. (Admission onto the fairgrounds is free Sunday after 5 p.m.)

While the list of events can keep anyone plenty busy Wednesday through Sunday there will also be other daily attractions taking place throughout the weekend including:

• The Farmer Tom Variety Show, with music, stories and lots of audience participation.

• The Dino Museum, a dinosaur dig pit and visits by Rexie the T-Rex

• A chainsaw artist

• The Banana Derby featuring dog riding monkey jockeys

• Maxwell Kelsey, who will be carving a canoe on the site of the grounds throughout the weekend.

Admission to the fair is $7 per day and $20 for the weekend. Admission increases Thursday, Friday at Saturday night to $10 after 6 p.m.

Senior citizens 65 and older can get in each day for $5 until 6 p.m.

Once inside the gate, all of the entertainment events, with the exception of the grandstand shows, are free.

There will be plenty of food available throughout the weekend.

To learn more about the schedule visit the Red-wood County Fair Web site at www.redwoodcountyfair.com.

Everyone is encouraged to come and to the Redwood County Fair.