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New, creative features added to EOT fair lineup

Like the "Wizard of Oz" story; if you have a brain, a heart and courage--the 2008 East Otter Tail County Fair will be just like home July 17-20.

For those who want to use their brain power, along with a little heart and soul, there's the "design-a-scarecrow" contest.

Courage and brute strength will be the focus of a new "tug-of-war" contest hosted by the Perham Area Jaycees. The contest will be Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Organizations, high school athletic groups and others are invited to form a team.

Skills of all sorts will be on display for the annual "bar stool races," which will be Friday night at 6:30 p.m. New this year is an "open class," where entrants have another creative outlet--designing their own bar stool.

Fair includes two demo derbies, tractor pull, two dances

The fair's new features were outlined by Rick Breitenfeldt, vice-president of the East Otter Tail Fair Board.

The July 17-20 fair will feature two demolition derbies, two street dances, a tractor-truck pull, and all of the traditional exhibits, livestock programs and midway--by Armstrong Shows.

Scarecrow contest judging is Sunday at exhibit building

Entrants in the scarecrow contest can deploy all of their creative skills, and just about any material imaginable, to create a scarecrow. Almost anything is fair game for the contest, and the only rules are that it must be eight feet tall or shorter, and it must be free-standing.

Scarecrow entries must be in by Thursday morning, and will be on display in the exhibit building. Judging is on Sunday.

"Wall of Shame" displays examples of poaching

New in the exhibit building this year is the "Turn in Poachers Wall of Shame."

The 24 foot display shows examples of illegal fish, deer mounts and game, and the stories behind how the suspects were arrested and prosecuted. The display is presented by the Department of Natural Resources and local conservation officer Chris Vinton.