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East Otter Tail fair gears up for July 23-26

These aren't the best of times in the county fair business.

There are a number of fairs that are basically in bankruptcy, and other fairs are consolidating with neighboring counties, said East Otter Tail County Fair board member Dr. Bill Rose.

But by most measures, the EOT fair remains strong--compared to many of its counterparts.

With the Perham fair's opening next week, July 23, Rose and other fair promoters are urging folks to "come on out" and support the local fair.

"We're maintaining. We're one of the most successful fairs in this part of the state," said Rose, who gave a preview of the fair at the July 14 Perham Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.

"The fair is really a phenomenal asset to the area," continued Rose. "It brings 40,000 people in--which is a pretty nice-sized group."

Several new and expanded features are planned this year.

---A llama show will be presented for the first time.

---Participants are urged to prepare their entry for the scarecrow contest, which is a popular addition to the fair line-up. Scarecrows must be brought in by Thursday morning.

---Teams are urged to form for the Perham Area Jaycees-hosted tug-of-war contest, which is set for Friday night, at 7:30 p.m.

---The Turn In Poachers "Wall of Shame" will be featured in the exhibit area, which includes mounts and other artifacts collected by law enforcement--related to poaching crimes.

---The kids pedal tractor pull will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24.