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Marshall-Putnam Fair will offer a variety of kids’ activities

HENRY — The 2019 Marshall-Putnam “Jurassic-A-Fair,” set for Wednesday, July 10, through Sunday, July 14, will offer a large variety of children’s activities.

“Jurassic Kick-Off Wednesday” brings a chance to stack the tallest tower of cookies during the Kroger Kookie Stacking Contest beginning at 4 p.m. in the Hunt Building.

On Thursday, from 1 to 8 p.m., see how far you can ascend on the Upper Limits Climbing Wall. Starting at 4 p.m. in the Activity Building, Family Fun Night will be filled with a large array of entertainment, including face painting, balloon artist, games and other activities. Included in the Family Fun Night festivities is a traveling dinosaur bones exhibit called T-Rexplorers.

Also returning this year are ImAGination Acres and ag things to make and take. M-P Farm Bureau’s ImAGination Acres continues to grow each year.

This year the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau is celebrating its 100th anniversary by presenting “Farming through the Seasons,” including a 7-foot snow globe. A miniature covered wagon will give the children a chance to learn what farm life on the prairie was like. Special activities are planned for each day.

On Saturday, taking us back to the early 1900s, several of the Farm Bureau members will appear in appropriate time-period attire and they invite everyone to join them as well. The agricultural town under the big tent will be open Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

The area fire districts will again bring their fire trucks to the fair to let children check out their equipment and the opportunity to ask a real fireman questions. Trucks will be on display Wednesday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Also returning will be M & K Party inflatables and a children’s train Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday, the inflatables are free. For Friday through Sunday, a daily band can be purchased for $5 or a three-day band is $10.

A new Jurassic-A-Fair theme activity will be the Dino Digs. Children can take on the role of a paleontologist as they dig through sand for dinosaur bones and treasures. Dino Digs will take place Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m., and on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the children’s activity tent.

Friday, beginning at 1 p.m., children can check out the fun games at Fossil Follies. Then at 1:30 p.m., they can release their creative side as they decorate a cookie at the cookie decorating contest. At 2 p.m., it’s time to burn off some of their energy as they can race around the fairgrounds in the Fossil Search Contest.

Saturday morning offers several children’s contests, beginning with the Down in the Barn activities at 10 a.m. Contests include: Cutest Farmer and Longest Ponytail for 2- to 11-year-olds, Dino Way Dog Costume Contest and the Jurassic Costume Contest for anyone 11 or under.

Registration for the kiddie tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m., and pulling will start at 11 a.m. At 3 p.m., kids can use their creative side again during the potato decorating contest.

Wrapping up the fair is Sunday Funday. Children’s activities begin at noon. A Dino Egg Expedition, a guided trek around the fairgrounds solving clues on a map to find nests of dinosaur eggs, sneak the treasures out and return the eggs to the nest without being caught by any of the dinosaurs. The Dino Egg Expedition will begin at the fair office.

At 1 p.m. in the Hunt Building, the Dance Central Performance Team will share their talents. Kids’ Karaoke by Mara will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in the children’s activity tent. Participants can have some fun sharing their talents singing their favorite tunes, then they can bust a move at the Dino Dance Party, brought to the fair by Dance Central. Sunday Funday children’s activities are sponsored by LaPrairie Mutual Insurance. Wednesday through Sunday, various dinosaur-themed movies will be shown on the LaPrairie Mutual Blow Up Screen. The movie schedule is still being finalized.

For more details on any of these events, as well as a full 2019 M-P Fair schedule, visit www.marshallputnamfair.org.

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