Make New McKenzie Co. Fair Memories At New McKenzie Co. Ag Expo, June 14-17

The McKenzie County Fair is happening Wednesday, June 14-Saturday, June 17. The county fair will be the debut event for McKenzie County Ag Expo, with the ribbon cutting ceremony being held during the Bulls & Broncs event.

The carnival will run Thursday-Saturday; be sure to check out the vendors and take in the exhibits.

There is free admission to the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14. Events include an obstacle course, pole bending, swamper race, and corn cultivating. For more information, or to enter contact Peggy Hellandsaas at 701-570-9383 or Chris Kubal at 701-307-0516.

Thursday, June 15, is Military Day, 4-H clubs will be showing their animals, and there will also be a parade at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street, and a free beef barbecue at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Bulls & Broncs will kick off their event and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the McKenzie County Ag Expo will take place that evening.

The Demolition Derby is taking the spotlight on Friday, June 16 with their Back the Blue Night. There will be two classes which are limited weld and chain. Payouts for each are $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, $1,000 for third, and $250 for fourth place. There is an opportunity for an additional $3,250 for either class that has 10 or more cars; the money will go towards mad dog and additional placing. There are no entry fees for cars; for more information on the Demolition Derby contact Travis Kubal with 223 Promotions at 605-354-5593.

Last, but certainly not least, is the NDRA Rodeo on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m., slack at 12 p.m. Saturday is also EMS Day. Admission prices for all events are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 7-12, and free admission for those 6 and under.

Groundbreaking for the McKenzie County Ag Expo took place in the fall of 2021, with the intention of giving the fairgrounds a new home. Be sure to take in the sites and visit their exhibit hall, livestock expo, arena and grandstands.

You won't want to miss the tried-and-true tradition of the McKenzie County Fair, or making memories in their new location, McKenzie County Ag Expo located at 12880 25th St. NW, Watford City.


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