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Going out with a bang

The Cannon Valley Fair runs Tuesday July 1 to Friday July 4. The band Hitchville plays live at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on the fairgrounds’ new stage.

The annual Cannon Valley Fair kicks off its 99th run Tuesday July 1 and culminates with fireworks at dusk on Independence Day. The celebration takes place in the heart of Cannon Falls.

“We have the local popular bands performing - Dave Carpenter and Contriband, Ray Sands Band and Hitchville, all free on the grounds at our new stage,” said Phyllis Althoff, Cannon Valley Fair secretary.

Althoff adds, the new stage was made possible from the Minnesota Department of AG Legacy Grant Money.

Major attractions offered this year’s new stage include the Battle of the Bands show at 8 p.m. Tuesday July 1; a concert by the Hitchville at 9:30 p.m. Thursday July 3. Both live shows are free.

Grandstand highlights include the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, 7 p.m. Wednesday July 2; a demolition derby at 7 p.m. Thursday July 3; and harness racing at 2 p.m. Friday July 4.

Admission of $12 for adults and $5 for 12 and under will be charged for the truck pull and demolition derby; admission will be $10 and $5 for the harness races.

Traditional fair events, too

A number of livestock shows will be held, starting with a 4-H, FFA and youth open horse show at 8 a.m. today. Other shows will feature Holsteins, beef, poultry, rabbit, goats, sheep, Ayrshires and lamb.

Free events include Siberian Husky dog sled demonstrations, robotic puppets, pioneer photography, the Half-Pint Magic Show, the Cock-a-Doodle Zoo, Ms. Jaz-ee the Clown, a wood workshop, and a wool spinning workshop. The FFA kiddie barnyard will be open daily.

Crescent City Amusements will have carnival rides and games operating July 2 to 4 from 1 to 11 p.m. each day, Althoff said.

Wristband days, gives the person unlimited carnival rides are from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday July 2 to Friday, July 4. Wristbands are $20 at the midway or $15 in advance and can be purchased at Althoff Hardware in downtown Cannon Falls.

“If Mother Nature cooperates, we will give Cannon Falls a fantastic 99th annual Cannon Valley Fair,” Althoff said.

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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