Sneak a peek Tuesday then fair goes full swingFree concerts by Survivor and Restless Heart will give the Head of the Lakes Fair an ’80s flair this week. Add a Wild West shootout, bingo, livestock judging, carnival rides and the smell of mini doughnuts, and you’ve got the recipe for this year’s fair.
Free concerts by Survivor and Restless Heart will give the Head of the Lakes Fair an ’80s flair this week. Add a Wild West shootout, bingo, livestock judging, carnival rides and the smell of mini doughnuts, and you’ve got the recipe for this year’s fair, which begins with a free Sneak-a-Peek event from 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday and wraps up with lawnmower races at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Gates open at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for ages 13 and over, $3 for ages 6-12, and children 5 and younger are admitted free. A full gate pass covering three days or more is $20 until Friday. The rides and midway are provided by Todd Armstrong Shows. Wrist bands will available for $20 apiece.
There is a new concert area this year, near the all-purpose building on the fairgrounds. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Or stand and sit close to the stage, in the roped-off VIP section for just $5 dollars. Chairs will be available for the VIP section. The concerts are free with gate admission.
Thursday’s 8 p.m. concert features Christian music by Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. The group mixes a red hot horn section along with jazz and big band roots to combine the sounds of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire for a fresh look at contemporary pop. The group made the finale of the FOX-TV “American Idol” spinoff, “The Next Great American Band,” and has been making music together for 10 years.
A trio of positive thinking, hard-rocking sisters from Bennett, Pierced3, will open for Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. The award-winning trio, ages 16, 15 and 11, will begin their set at 6:30 p.m.
If you remember seeing Sylvester Stallone training to the strains of “Eye of the Tiger” during “Rocky III” or flash back to memories of slow dancing to “The Search is Over” during high school dances, you may want to catch the Survivor concert at 8 p.m. Friday. The Grammy Award-winning rock band’s string of 1980s hits also includes “High On You,” “Burning Heart,” “I Can’t Hold Back” and “Is This Love.” Opening for Survivor will be Superior’s own Crescent Moon, winner of the 2010 High School Rocks – Battle of the Bands competition.
Country music enthusiasts can get their fill of ’80s fare at 8 p.m. Saturday when Restless Heart takes the stage. The group brought a new sound to Nashville, a sound with a touch of pop. Their sound continues to influence the popular country acts of today. The band released a string of number one hits, including “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “The Bluest Eyes in Texas” and “A Tender Lie.” Opening for Restless Heart will be another local Twin Ports band, The Bugs. The four-man group blends soulful voices and catchy beats for a classic ’60s sound. They take begin performing at 6:30 p.m.
4-H exhibits are open daily.
Sneak-a-Peek Tuesday 6 p.m. to midnight. Free gate admission. Rides open.
The Kidbuck$ Game show will happen every day.
Thursday features senior bingo at 1 p.m., a Tractor Pedal Pull at 4 p.m., the Livestock Auction at 7 p.m. and a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday’s concert opens at 6:30 p.m. with ‘Pierced3’ a Christian rock group from Bennett, followed by Denver & the Mile High Orchestra.
On Friday, the Black River Bandits will host a demonstration and charity Cowboy Fast Draw shoot at 11 a.m. All entry fees for the match go to the Challenge Center. Donations will also be accepted. They will also host the Wisconsin State Cowboy Fast Draw Championship on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Friday’s concert features Crescent Moon as the opening band. The rock band ‘Survivor’ then takes the stage.
Saturday’s special events include a horse pull at 2 p.m., topped off with the Free concert. The Bugs open the show at 6:30, and then the legendary country band Restless Heart takes the stage at 8.
The fair’s last day, Sunday, features a Lawnmower Race at 2 p.m.