BEAVER DAM -- The 132nd Dodge County Fair will start Wednesday and while the grandstand will hum with entertainment over its five-day run, the grounds will bustle with affordable family fun including midway rides for adults and children alike.
This year's fair is dedicated to the late Gerald "Butch" Ptaschinski, a longtime "behind the scenes" volunteer at the fair.
This year's entertainment ranges from the Badger State Truck Pullers to such musical acts as Sawyer Brown, LANCO, Great White and Slaughter all followed by a demolition derby.
Seasoned and first-time tractor pull attendees will be wowed by the competition. The evening pull will showcase competitors on a unique two-track setting at the Dodge County Fair. Drivers will compete to see who can pull their sled the farthest on the double dirt tracks. Fans can support the competitors from the stands and get competitive during the measurements and "pull-offs" as they occur. Vehicles will push over 25 mph, pulling sleds weighing over 40,000 pounds. Tractors will top over 3,000 horsepower and diesel trucks will be exceeding over 2,000 horsepower.
Wednesday will feature the fairest of the fair finals at 5 p.m. on the WTKM Stage. There are three vying for the prestigious title. They are Kennedy Ferron, 20, Beaver Dam; Kendra Gillett, 18, Fall River; and Krista Justman, 20, Mayville.
The country band Sawyer Brown will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday. The band, founded in 1981 in Florida, has soared to the top of the country charts with such hits as "Step That Step," Some Girls Do" and "Thank God For You." Sawyer Brown has released 20 studio albums of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies.
At 8 p.m. Friday, the Nashville-based band LANCO will shine under the spotlight of the main stage. The band was founded in 2015 and released its debut four-song extended play record titled "Extended Play" in April 2016. The band also released its first single from the album, "Long Live Tonight," and another one of their songs, "Greatest Love Story," which reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts at the end of 2017.
On Saturday, two classic rock bands, Great White and Slaughter, will play.
Best known for its Grammy-nominated best hard rock performance hit, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," Great White has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, has six Top 100 Billboard hits, nine Top 200 Billboard albums, two platinum albums and clocked the top of MTV four times.
Slaughter is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum.
The band reached stardom in 1990 with its first album, "Stick It to Ya," which spawned several hit singles including "Up All Night," "Spend My Life," "Mad About You" and "Fly to the Angels." The album reached double platinum status in the United States.
Last year's headlining Saturday concert performers were Grand Funk Railroad and Foghat.
On Sunday, there will be a four-wheel drive truck pull beginning at 9 a.m. The demolition derby will take place at 1 and 6 p.m.
The fair includes many other activities throughout the grounds each day and judging events every day in the livestock barns, arena, open class areas and youth building.
The entertainment doesn't end there with custom chain saw carving, Wild World of Animals, Nick's Kids Show and pig and duck races on the grounds each day.
Cream puffs are available in the co-op building daily.
The carnival rides at the fair will again be provided by the local family-run A&P Midway.
The concert series, tractor pull and all other grandstand entertainment including parking are always free with paid gate admission to the fair.
Individuals may attend the fair for $5.40 per day with the purchase of a season ticket. Daily gate admission is $7 before noon or $10 after noon. Children age 9 and under enter free. Season tickets are only $27 in advance or $35 at the gate. Tickets may be purchased at most Dodge County Banks, Rechek's Food Pride, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly or at the Dodge County Fairgrounds office.
More information about the Dodge County Fair can be found at www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com/dodge-county-fair.