Scott County Fair organizers are busy making sure the fairgrounds are ready for the public by opening day

Scott County Fair organizers are busy making sure the fairgrounds are ready for the public by opening day on Wednesday, July 28. Builders worked on getting the horse barns set up on Wednesday, July 14.

Fair Kicks Off July 28 and Runs Through Aug. 1

Last year was a devastating year for county fairs as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered or modified large gatherings across the state.

But 2021 is a different year as more people are vaccinated and precautions are lifting.

The organizers of the Scott County Fair are pleased to once again promise five days of fun as they welcome the public back to the fairgrounds in Jordan on Wednesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 1, with a mix of new and old entertainment, events, and activities.

Fair activities and organizational particulars are overseen by Scott County Fair Manager Erika Ediger-Connolly. She is supported by administrator Katie Gauquie, kids' entertainment director Kristen Klecker, and vendor assistant Madison Brule.

Ediger-Connolly is new to the fair manager position as of this past May.

“I have been learning that it takes a village to make these events a great success,” explained Ediger-Connolly. “We as a team work to get as much entertainment, food vendors, indoor and outdoor vendors together to present a variety of fun and activities. We are doing everything with our Fair Board to make sure all the grandstand events are ready, the small stage entertainment is ready, and the big stage bands are ready to set and rock it in the beer garden.”

New Events

Some of this year’s new excitements includes Motokazie Motocross on the Tuesday night before the fair; the Southwest Dairy Mobile Unit where you can learn all the facets of milk production through various presentations all five days of the fair; a new and thrilling Wreck-It-Room; large numbers of draft horse teams; and Wednesday Night of Destruction that includes a combine demo, endurance race, and more. There are also many new food vendors, some of which offer items found only at the Scott County Fair.

 “We have great grandstand events: Motokazie, Wednesday Night of Destruction, Truck & Tractor Pull, NTPA Pull, Demo Derby, and Monster Trucks,” said Ediger-Connolly.

Special Days

The Teddy Bear Band will be making appearances, specifically on Thursday for Kids' Day.

Other special days include Senior and Veterans Day on Friday, which offers free parking for veterans and seniors over the age of 65 until 4 p.m.

Military/Frontline Worker Day occurs on Sunday, offering free parking for those who show their ID or work badge.

Other Events

“Gold Star Amusement is back with some fun rides and games all five days, and the Kent Family Circus is performing as well,” explained Ediger-Connolly.

Other returning favorites include the Renaissance Village, robotics demonstrations, magic shows, comic stunt juggler, ranch rodeo, the Raptor Center, and classic car and tractor shows.

Whether exhibiting your own livestock or simply admiring all the animals, livestock shows are a definite highlight of the fair. By strolling through the various livestock buildings and show rings, you can expect to encounter all kinds of animals, demonstrations, and the not to be missed Miracle of Birth Center.

Sadly, the fair announced that their Ferris wheel will not be running this year, but the cars will be on for photo opportunities. The Fair also reported that the Strongman Competition has also been canceled for this year.

County Fair History

The Scott County Fair (originally dubbed Scott County Agricultural Fair) has been a family-favorite tradition since 1857. It started in Shakopee, then moved to Jordan in 1873, then to Belle Plaine in 1875.

In August 1884, the Scott County Ag Society signed a 3-year lease for the 20 acres, which ultimately expanded to its current 80 acres.

“The Fair is a great place for family and friends to gather,” said Ediger-Connolly. “There is so much to see and do at the Scott County Fair. There are also the commercial buildings, creative arts, and robotics on display. We hope to see you at the fair.”

Main Stage Entertainment

Wednesday: Rhino; Thursday: Mason Dixon Line and GB Leighton; Friday: Charlie Sticha Band, Up South, and Tripwire; Saturday: Stampede, Red Dirt Road, and 32 Below Band;  Sunday: Old Country Boys and Mitchell Hall & The Tennessee Trio.

A complete listing of activities at the Scott County Fair is on the county fair’s website – scottcountyfair.org

Location

The Scott County Fairgrounds are located at 7151 190th Street W., Jordan, MN.

Fair Hours

Wednesday from 12 noon to 1 a.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost

While there is no admission fee, parking rates daily per vehicle are $10, season pass is $25, and motorcycles are $5. Check special days for free parking. On Sunday parking is free after 4 p.m.

Grandstand events are $15 for adults and $10 for kids, except for the Motokazie Motocross which is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Carnival rides are $2.

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