New and exciting events for 2012 Isanti County Fair

The 135th Annual Isanti County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 18  through Sunday, July 22 and with a theme of ‘Discovering Living History,’ this year’s fair is packed full of educational and cultural events, activities and traditions that led to the development of our area.

Historical attractions this year include the Great Lakes Timber Show, Old West Society encampment, and ABC Theatre Company, who will be presenting a short play each evening; “Pickled or Pickles;” based on the local history of Cambridge.

Also new this year, Heritage Corral will provide a display of historical items including antique farming implements and tools, vintage potato-picking equipment and a scale model farm display. Children will be able learn where their food comes from by participating in the ‘Farmer for a Day’ and ‘Milk Maker’ interactive activity stations in the Kennel Shelter.

Back due to popular demand is Buck Zumhofe and his Rock N Roll Wresting, featuring the world famous ‘Honky Tonk Man.’  Buck will provide plenty of action on Saturday at the Bandshell.

The Isanti County Fair is pleased to welcome Amusement Attractions to Cambridge as this year’s official carnival. Amusement Attractions will be offering daily ride specials, special advance sale carnival ticket prices, and ‘Wristband Days,’ along with new games and rides.

Fair visitors are invited to participate in competitions such as a Lego Creation Contest on Kids’ Day, a Dessert Bar Contest on Sunday, and the Isanti County Fair Pork Rib Cook-Off Saturday afternoon.

Returning fair favorites include “Military Appreciation Day” on Wednesday with all Military service members and veterans receiving free admission.

Opening Ceremonies and Flag Raising will begin at 6 p.m. at the Legion Building and all rides on the Midway will be only $1. On Thursday, all Seniors 62 and older will receive discounted gate admission. Seniors Day Program will begin at 1 p.m.

In the Bandshell, the Vulkan Band will perform 80s rock on Wednesday and the Mystery Mountain Boys will entertain with bluegrass on Thursday evening. Friday night will bring the return of Jonah and the Whales; and the Chris Brooks Band on Saturday providing great country rock dance music.

There will be great Grandstand Events each night starting with the Moto-Cross on Wednesday night, “Night of Destruction” Thursday evening including a ‘Spectator Drag Race’ for fair visitors. The annual Tractor Pull will be held on Friday, with the Demo Derby on Saturday featuring both compact and full-size cars and trucks.

Remember that Sunday is “Family Day” at the fair with discounted admission to the fair until 10 a.m., free Corn Feed starting at 11 a.m., and Armband Day starts at noon.

Every day there will be free Trolley rides, ‘Pork Chop Derby’ pig races, Cock-a-doodle Zoo exotic animal exhibit, Children’s Farmyard and Pony Rides, Bingo, Beer Garden, 4-H and Open Class Exhibits, demonstrations and competitions.

For more information visit or call the fair office at 763-689-2555.