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Koochiching County Fair set to begin

Northome is the place to be for fun activities, fireworks, mud run, parade and a host of other fun events Aug. 12-14. The Koochiching County Fair will kick off at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 with a free rummage sale at the fairgrounds. The farmer's market wil...

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Northome is the place to be for fun activities, fireworks, mud run, parade and a host of other fun events Aug. 12-14.

The Koochiching County Fair will kick off at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 with a free rummage sale at the fairgrounds. The farmer's market will begin at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Northern Star Cooperative will hold its customer appreciation dinner and at 11:30 a.m., there will be an ice cream social sponsored by the Northome HealthCare Center.

Throughout the fair, pictures from amateur photographers will on display and prizes for the contest winners will be awarded.

New this year, for display only, will be trail camera pictures. Trail cam owners are welcome to bring in their trail camera pictures to display showing technique, candid and interesting pictures from the great outdoors.

In the afternoon, there will be a DNR lasershot from 3-6 p.m. Experience virtual hunting and shooting sports on the big screen with laser shooting rifle and compound bow!

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This shooting simulation and computerized training center will help you learn about sight picture, sight alignment, point shotgun shooting and you can even go on a virtual hunt!

The youth food booth will open from 4-8 p.m., the Mustang boys basketball team will host a spaghetti feed at 5 p.m. and there will be a flag burning ceremony at 7 p.m.

The 29th Annual Scenic Sinkhole Scramble, a 5-kilometer or 2-mile run, kicks off the Saturday activities. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds, with the race commencing at 9 a.m. Awards will be handed out at 11 a.m.

Before the race, be sure to stop in and have breakfast at the Legion stand from 7-11 a.m.

At noon games and amusements from Rentertainment will open. The kiddie parade begins at 12:45 p.m. followed by the annual parade at 1 p.m.

The lasershot and food booth will be open at 2 p.m. with a sawdust pile event at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., there will be a ham dinner sponsored by the Northome Library and at 7 p.m., there will be a variety show featuring local talent at the grandstand.

At 9 p.m., a fireman's dance will begin at the Northome fire hall.

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At dusk, there will be the annual fireworks show. According to event coordinators, this is always one of the most popular events of the fair, drawing huge crowds of spectators.

The Sunday activities will begin at 7 a.m. with an American Legion breakfast followed by the community church service at the fairgrounds at 9 a.m.

Following the church service at 10 a.m., the youth food booth and games and amusements will open.

A bocce ball tournament will begin at 11 a.m. as will the medallion hunt. This year's prize is $100. The third annual mud run will also begin at 11 a.m.

The horse competition will begin at 1 p.m. with kiddie races, competition and egg toss ending the fair at 2 p.m.

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"Flag troopers" got together to display flags from all over the country again this year in the Koochiching County Fair parade. The troop includes riders from all over the surrounding area. This is second year for the "Parade of State Flags" which is the brainchild of Betty Olson of Mizpah. Olson is also among the riders participating. Last year's parade featured flags from all 50 states. This year, however, only 12 states were represented.

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