Sesquicentennial celebration includes fireworks, free anniversary cake and old-time demonstrations and exhibits.
The Brown County Free Fair is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year—that’s 150 years of fair fun. Several special events are planned to recognize the 150th county fair in Brown County, including fireworks after the Friday night tractor pull—around 10 p.m.
A few food events are planned. On Thursday, free anniversary cake will be served at 1 p.m. in the Entertainment Hall. On Friday, there will be a good old-fashioned Pie Eating Contest at 5 p.m. Competitive pie eaters can sign up to be in the contest right up until 15 minutes before it starts. To top off the culinary events, free root beer floats will be served on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Entertainment Hall.
Some special fun includes a Dunk Tank and a Strong Man game from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
A Sesquicentennial Medallion Search will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with new clues posted on the fair’s Facebook page.
There will be historical demonstrations Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Civic Center, such as soap making, butter making, needle arts, sewing, and historical aprons presentation.
Open Class will have a special division for old-style exhibits, including: Grains—best sheaf of wheat, barley or oats; Vegetables—largest pumpkin; Flowers—largest daisy; Quilting—quilt made with reproduction fabrics; Garment making—apron; Crafts—homemade cloth doll or whittled article; Culinary—best apple pie; Needle arts—any type of hand-made doily; Photography—a photo from an early Brown County Fair (does not need to be taken by exhibitor).
Available for puchase will be Sesquicentennial T-shirts and mugs, along with a history book of the past 150 years of Brown County Fairs, researched and written by author Dan Hoisington.