ELKHORN

From quilts to cows, the Walworth County Fair offers plenty for locals to enjoy when the gates open Wednesday.

Here are five things to know before the festivities start at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St. The fair runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

1. Get ready for bike mania: The opening night of the fair will showcase flat-track motorcycle racing for the first time. The races will feature professionals from around the country and have quickly become a big talking point.

Some of the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 140 miles per hour.

“Somehow it has turned into this viral thing, and all of a sudden we have professionals coming from all over the place,” fair General Manager Larry Gaffey said. “If weather permits, this is going to be a big night.”

Also on the schedule is a BMX thrill show that includes the “globe of death,” where multiple motorcycles drive around in a small metal ball.

The fair also will feature the Britons, a Beatles cover band. Gaffey said people won’t want to miss them, either.

“We are very excited about the Britons,” he said. “They truly are one of the best Beatles cover bands in the entire world.”

2. Get more bang for your buck: The fair will offer four days of wristband deals for carnival rides compared to three days in past years. Wristband days will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday.

General admission remains the same as it has been the past few years. Adults are $10, seniors $8 and children $5.

3. Enjoy easier access: After Market Street was added to accommodate a nearby school expansion, the fair board decided to build a connecting street to make it easier for people to get into the fair. A fence runs alongside the road.

“We want to make sure everyone gets here safely, and we really want to get everyone to have a fun time once they’re here,” Gaffey said.

4. Draft horse shows break records: This year’s draft horse competitions are going to be mighty. The fair received so many entries it will have to furnish two tents just for the draft horses.

“That’s really exciting. We’ve got more draft horses than we’ve ever had in the past, and we can’t wait for that,” Gaffey said.

The draft horse shows start at 10 a.m. Friday and run through the weekend. The draft horse parade is planned for noon Sunday.

5. Connect with agriculture: Entertainment aside, the fair gives nonfarmers a chance to interact with and learn about agriculture, Gaffey said. Numerous animal shows and other contests featuring local kids and adults will be on tap.

“There are so many people these days that may not have that connection, and we want to get people connected with that industry,” he said.

Gaffey said the fair board hopes people will check out the various exhibits and shows. The fair’s meat sale is the largest in Wisconsin, he said.

“The 4-H and FFA stuff is the yolk of what we do. These kids raise a lot of money with the hard work they do.”

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