BC Fair opens with demo derby Aug. 8

NEW ULM — The 151th Brown County Free Fair opens at 5 p.m., Aug. 8 with a number of new wrinkles this year.

National recording artist FireHouse, a Charlotte, N.C.-based rock band that has sold more than seven million albums worldwide since reaching stardom in the early 1990s. The band had hit singles like “Reach For The Sky”, “Don’t Treat Me Bad”, “All She Wrote”, “I Live My Life for You” , “Love of a Lifetime”, and “When I Look Into Your Eyes.”

FireHouse will perform in front of the fair grandstand following another rock band, “Them Pesky Kids,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9.

“We’ve got some new entertainment. A little bit of everything for everybody,” said Brown County Fair Board President Dan Kotten of New Ulm.

The always-popular demolition derbies are set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. each day.

The truck and tractor pull, usually scheduled for Sunday afternoon, has been moved up to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in front of the grandstand. Admission is $5. Ticket sales start at 5 p.m.

“It’s usually cooler at night, compared to Sunday afternoon,” Kotten said.

After a long hiatus, bingo is back at the fair, set for 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the New Ulm Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit the Searles Baseball Association.

Another rock band that has been to New Ulm before, Cold Blooded Whiskey, performs from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Entertainment Hall.

Free blood pressure checks will be offered from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Civic Center. Following the Outstanding Senior Citizen and Brown County Century Farm program, cake and refreshments will be served in the Civic Center.

The Ken & Ken Show begins at 11 a.m. Thursday on the Civic Center Stage. The Wendinger Band will perform 1 to 5 p.m. in the Entertainment Hall. Schells Hobo Band follows from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday entertainment includes Dain’s Dutchmen 1 to 5 p.m. in the Entertainment Hall. Bootleg will perform 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday in the Entertainment Hall.

Saturday musicians include Sandra Lee & The Velvets 1 to 5 p.m. in the Entertainment Hall. Powerhouse, southern Minnesota’s hottest 10-piece band, will perform classic rock, rhythm and blues, swing, soul, disco and adult contemporary music from the 40s through today, 8 p.m. to midnight in the Entertainment Hall.

On Sunday, the Bockfest boys will perform 1 to 4 p.m. in the Entertainment Hall.

For more information, visit browncountyfreefair.com.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.