Preview: Something old, something new at Head of the Lakes Fair

Admission for children 12 and under is free.
The 2018 Head of the Lakes Fair lights up the sky in Superior. (Telegram file)
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The Head of the Lakes Fair kicks off July 16-21. This year’s fair will include an array of family-friendly activities and, new this year, free admission for children age 12 and younger.

“It will hopefully help bring more families in,” fair secretary Brooke Johnstad said.

Visitors can expect plenty of crowd favorites. In addition to the daily petting zoo and carnival, the stock car races, tractor pull, classic car show, demo derby and talent show will be returning.

Kids Day will take place all day July 19 with children’s games, a visit from a K9 officer, a display of large equipment, including a fire truck, hay rides, a bouncy house and the interactive “farmer for a day” exhibit.

Live music will begin at 8 p.m. July 17-20. Admission to the concerts and the super stock special race at 7 p.m. July 19 is free with gate admission.


Fair director Jerald “Crash” Carlson said last year’s super stocks event brought in more than 40 cars. This year, he expects to draw in cars from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Fair-goers will also find new events.

On July 17, the fair will host a day-long beekeepers demonstration, "crazy hair" by Great Clips from 4-8 p.m. and spectator drag racing, where anyone can test their own car and driving skills on the track, beginning at 6 p.m.

New for Kids Day, July 19, will be a spray painting demonstration from 1-4 p.m. by Creatively Mick.
Chloe Kramp zooms down the Super Slide during the 2018 Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior. (Telegram file)

Great Clips returns with its "crazy hair" event from 1-4 p.m. July 20 and kids bike races will be held on the race track at 3 p.m.

In addition to fun, the fair offers opportunities. Last year’s talent show sent two acts to the state fair. Six-year-old Mason Johnstad earned a trip to the state fair talent show with his chicken act and the Solon Springs band Lost Causes also moved on to state competition.


Any Wisconsin resident 18 and younger can participate, and there is no cost to enter. This year’s talent contest takes place at 1 p.m. July 20.

Brooke Johnstad said the fair has plenty of options for high school students seeking senior projects, as well. They could job shadow the veterinarian, get child care experience, serve as petting zoo greeters or perform secretarial work.

Help is needed to get the grounds ready for action, from painting and planting to woodwork. To volunteer, stop by the fairgrounds during business hours, call 715-394-7848, email or visit .

Weekly admission and parking passes good for the entire six-day event are currently on sale at the fair office, 4700 Tower Ave.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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