Oliver County Fair celebrates 25th Anniversary
By Annette Tait
There’s plenty of good to be found in old-fashioned – at least when it comes to a good, old-fashioned county fair. As the Oliver County Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, visitors will find not just the old-fashioned events county fairs are known for, but also a few new twists.
“We try to come up with new and different things, and keep the things that seem to draw people every year,” Fair Board President Mikael Schmidt said. “We got a lot of compliments on it last year -- the petting zoo seemed to be a big hit, and the Western Edge bull riders.”
Also new this year is an old-time staple, a draft horse pull scheduled for Friday night. Power pull organizers approached the fair board last year with a request to reschedule to Sunday afternoon, to allow for traveling time for participants who work. The group’s concern was that their pullers weren’t able to attend a Friday night event, and suggested that a Sunday power pull would have more contestants.
The fair board agreed to give it a try, and filled the Friday night slot with the draft horse event, just one of the many new options added over the years.