Ladies & gentlemen step right up, and get in on the county fair season as we start to wind it all down in Central Minnesota. Next up, Princeton and the Mille Lacs County Fair this Wednesday (8/11) through Sunday (8/15).

It feels soooooo good to get back to all of these kinds of events that we missed out on in 2020.

Gate admission is $5 daily or purchase a wristband for only $10 which is good for all five days of the fair. Kids 6 & under are always free. - plus free fair admission for veterans and active military.

Fried food, carnival games, 4H projects, amusement rides, animals, music and other entertainment, speedway races, demolition derby, tractor pull and more -- did I mention fried food? I'm talking' corn dogs, cheese curds, mini donuts, foot longs, and just about anything else you can fry or put on a stick. And it goes without saying that it can all be washed down with a cold one from the beer garden.

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2021 MILLE LACS COUNTY FAIR GRANDSTAND SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 11th

  • 6 pm - Lawn & Garden Tractor and Garden Pull Races
    • Free event.

Thursday, July 12th

  • 6 pm - Tractor Pull
    • Adults (15 and up) $10.00
    • Seniors (60 and up) $8.00
    • Youth (7-14) $8.00
    • 6 and under - free
    • Pit Pass $25.00

Friday, July 13th

  • 7 pm - Princeton Speedway Races
    • IMCA Hobby Stocks
    • IMCA Sport Mods
    • IMCA Sport Compacts
    • IMCA Modifieds
    • WISSOTA Mod Four
    • WISSOTA Super Stock
    • IMCA Stock Car
    • Adult tickets are $12 and kids are $7. Get 'em HERE.

Saturday, July 14th

  • 7:30 pm - Demolition Derby
    • Adults (15 and up) $10.00
    • Seniors (60 and up) $8.00
    • Youth (7-14) $8.00
    • 6 and under-free
    • Pit Pass $25.00

Sunday, July 15th

  • 1 pm - Kids Olympics
    • Free event

What? You want even more info on the 2021 Mille Lacs County Fair? No problem, you can get just about anything you want from their official website HERE.

If you don't come home with tired feet, an empty wallet, and stains on your t-shirt -- you did it wrong.

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