GROUND EVENTS 2023
Not all information is current
All events are free to view, but some may have an admission charge to participate.
Kenny Ahern - To Laugh is to Live
July 6 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. July 7 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
July 8 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. July 9 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Kenny Ahern's show displays AMAZING comedy antics, HILARIOUS physical comedy, and FUN audience play!
He shares a captivating performance style that brings into play; physical comedy, improvisation, music, dance, circus/theater arts, audience play, and heartwarming charm. It is entertainment that defies time.
Watching Kenny's show, you will laugh, snort, guffaw, and experience a joyful sense of community that will have you wishing for more.
Welcome Kenny back to Rugby and make his 1st visit to the Pierce County Fair one he will cherish and remember.
Petting Farm - Back to the Basics
July 6 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. July 7 and 8 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. July 9 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Take a stroll down to the barns and have a look. They have been in business for over 25 years! Bring your kids to meet thier "kids"! Head on over to the Big Red Barn! Being around animals can make your day. Fun and educational for all ages. A place for families to make memories.
Small charge to feed the animals
Bluestems - Bluegrass Music
July 8 2:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. July 9 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
The Bluestems are a band of brothers and sisters from Elgin, North Dakota. These youngsters have entertained at festivals and fairs throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. Their instrumental talent is beyond their years and will amaze you!
The band is made up of...
Mya on the fiddle and lead vocals;
Mercedes on guitar and mandolin,
Malachi on guitar and mandolin;
Malachi on banjo and harmony vocals;
Micah on bass.
There are two younger sisters who are getting ready to join the group. Molly may join them on dobro and Maggie is learning piano and deciding what bluegrass instrument is her favorite.
When the band isn't performing you can find them helping out on the family ranch, participating in sports, fishing, riding horse, riding dirt bike or hanging with friends.
Welcome them to Rugby!
Spin Zone and Fires Show with Mr. Fun
July 6 4:00 - 8:00 pm July 7 & 8 1:00 - 9:00 pm July 9 12;00 - 5:00 pm
FIRE SHOW July 7 & 8 After 9:00 pm
A piece of Funtime Funktions historythe iconic Spin Zone was originally created to promote the toys developed as Mystick Toyz. Now? It is epitome of explorative fun and gives kids the opportunity to try specialty skill toys.
We are excited to have Mr. Fun and the Spin Zone back at the Pierce County Fair. Kids of all ages enjoyed learning about toys from other cultures, walking on stilts, juggling and bubbles.
Stick around a little bit later on July 7 and 8 and watch fire dancing!
Straw Scramble July 8 12:15 p.m.
Kids are given a chance to dive into the hay and rummage around for money that has been scattered in the straw. Contestants will begin searching through the hay when they hear "Go". It's all over when you hear "Stop". Make sure and bring something for the collection. Everyone will leave a winner! This event is broken down into different age categories. Make sure and stop by to make lots of memories and a little money too.
Thank you to Heilman family for assisting with this.
John Deere Pedal Tractor Pull
July 8 11:00 am start registering. Times will vary based on number in each age group.
12:00 am start the different age groups
Pedal Tractor Pulling is fun to watch, kids of all ages love it and great for the family.A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers from Gooseneck Implement for hosting this popular fair event. Pedalers ages 5 through adult are invited to participate for prizes. Come out and compete or cheer on your favorite pedaller as they show their pedal strength and driving skills! This will take place at the south entrance to the fairgrounds before the start of the Demolition Derby. Everyone gets a prize and the top pullers in each division receive a trophy.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Each child sits on a pedal tractor and drags a weighted sled as far as they can go. As the sled is dragged it creates friction, making it harder to pull. So the farther you go, the harder it gets!
Thank you to Dave Bednarz for setting this up.
Return the coloring page to North Star Community Credit Union by Tuesday, July 5. All entries after that will need to be brought to the exhibit building at the fairgrounds. All entries returned will be put on display. You can stop in during the fair to pick up your prize.
Be sure to include First Name of Child and Age on the front.
On the back write Parent's Name, Contact Number and say if you would like your coloring page returned to you..
Click HERE to get your copy of the coloring page
Worship Service- Everyone Welcome
July 9 10:30 a.m.
Come as you are and join us for worship and fellowship under the tent. The service will be led by the fulfilling sounds and music from the Calvary Evangelical Free Worship Team and Pastor Mike Lundberg will be providing the word. All are welcome! See you at 10:30 a.m.
4-H Cow Pie and Chicken Poop BINGO July 7 4:00 pm.
July 8 1:00 pm
Jerry and Friends July 6 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Jerry Schlag is an accordionist and started playing at the age of ten. He has been playing for dances and shows since the late 1950s when he started with his father’s orchestra. He is a chartered member of the Norsk Hostfest Accordion Club and has played in 6 accordion competitions and judged in three of the accordion competitions at the Hostfest. He has performed at thrashing shows, Arts in the Parks, Frozen Fingers Festivals, Norsk Hostfest, German Festival in Fargo, Wells County Fair, ND State Fair, SRT Annual Meetings, Sakura’s Japanese Restaurant in Minot and more. He plays about 100 performances a year at local and out of town nursing and retirement homes. For the past 10 years, Jerry has performed on Amtrak and played twice a month for 16 years at Four Bears Casino. Karen Stevens and Marla Rose will accompany Jerry in his performance today. In 2006, Jerry was inducted into the Dakota Music Association Hall of Fame in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
All Creatures Barnyard Racers
July 6 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
July 7 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
July 8 1:00 pm, 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
July 9 1:00 pm, 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
Family Fun is what the fair is all about and you are guaranteed to find it here.
Come out to see a race of pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, turkeys, chickens and even geese!!
THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL BARNYARD RACES!!
More than just a pig race...Expect the unexpected!
Rugby Jaycees Slime Run
July 6 Cost to those wishing to participate.
Join the Rugby Jaycees for the MESSIEST 5K on the planet!!
Race will be held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds.
Registration will be from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. and the race will begin at 6:15.
Entry Fee: $15
Runners should bring their own white shirt!
All proceeds will go towards future Rugby Jaycee events which always stays LOCAL!
Frying Pan and KegThrowing Contest
July 6 - 8:30 pm
Females from 18 to 103 have the opportunity to take a turn standing alone in front of the throwing field, far from their kitchens, feeling the iron heft of that bacon-cooking, egg-scrambling pan, and finding their unique art to hurl it with all their might into the blue July sky. This is nothing like slinging hash or flipping burgers!
These females will fling a 10-pound cast-iron frying pan across the field. Each contestant gets two chances, and winners in each division take home a ribbon and a chance to be "Frying Pan" Champion.
Thank You to Yolanda Schmidt for organizing this.
Backseat Driver Contest
July 9 4:00 p.m.
Who Do You Trust to Drive Blindfold? Grab a family member, friend, or enemy and test your communication skills!
Tractor & Wagon will be provided
Each team consists of two members who are both over 16 years of age.
One member of the team will be the driver of a lawn tractor and will be blindfolded while the other member of the team will sit in an attached wagon giving directions through an obstacle course. Touching the driver will be a disqualification.
This is a timed event; each obstacle that is hit will result in a penalty of 5-seconds being added to actual time to determine total time. Fastest total time is the winner.
Decision of judges final. NO ARGUMENTS!
Hermit Crab Racing
July 9 - 11:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Aren't they cute? The question is not which one is the cutest, but which one can reach the edge of the circle first. Come out and cheer them on!
July 8 - 6:30 p.m.
Everyone takes turns to see how many apples they can remove in one minute using just their mouth/teeth. Will your apples have stems or no stems? A great way to cool off on a hot JULY day!..
July 7 - 4 :30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
If you haven't had an opportunity to hear a choir of ukeleles, the Pierce County Fair will provide you an opportunity. We are so excited this group of local musicians are able to entertain us.
Come out and tap your toe, sing along, or just listen to the talent of these individuals.
They just might have you dancing the hula!!
July 6 - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for some Old-Fashioned friendly competition. Who will be the first person to get five in a roll and call BINGO
Thank You to Terry Hoffert for organizing this.
July 7 - 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
These two love to share their music with others, and all of you can hear their talent throughout the day on Friday. They play a variety of genres to entertain everyone.
Heart of America Public Library
Month of June - .
We are so excited to team up with the library! They are asking kids to read 10 books in the month of June. If they do they will receive a ribbon and a great prize - A ONE DAY WRISTBAND! Thank you Mike and Jessalyn Ostrem for sponsoring this.