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Festival Days & Haakon/Jackson County Fair this weekend in Philip

Philip is gearing up for an action-packed weekend, August 6-7-8, with the Philip Festival Days activities and the Haakon/ Jackson County Fair, which includes Achievement Days and Open Class exhibits.

Along with the usual events, some highlighted events are the Kiss the Cow Contest, two street dances downtown, animal shows, an ice cream social, mud bog, as well as a golf tournament and a demolition derby.

Open Class Exhibits for the county fair will be accepted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. See all of the wonderful exhibits, from flowers and horticulture to clothing and needlework. To promote the art of pickling foods and safe home preservation, Ball brand and Kerr brand Home Canning Products and Heinz Vinegar are offering a special adult award category. Red Star Yeast also has a special promotion for the fair. Awards will be given to the winners in the yeast baking categories and any other food category exhibits.

Arts and crafts and photography entries will also be judged at the fair. Displays can be seen at the American Legion Hall in Philip all day Friday and Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Be sure to check it out!

On Friday, August 6, the fair will highlight a “Pen of 3” show featuring yearling heifers at 1:00 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Contact person is Joel Kammerer (859-3094) if you would like more information on this event.

Weigh-in and check-in for the livestock show begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 7. Galen Humble is again the superintendent of the show and will be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly. Included in the show will be cattle, sheep and small animals.

The parade on Saturday will begin at 11:00 a.m. Line-up will begin at 10:30 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”. Contact person is Barb Williamson at 859-2588.

Also on Saturday, a car and tractor show will be held north of the football field at 9:00 a.m. and a Burger Bust will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the round building. The public is invited to both events.

Events for the kids include a Stick Horse Rodeo on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and a Tractor Pedal Pull at 4:00 p.m.

Street dances will be held downtown both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:00. The beer tent will be set up in the bank parking lot at various times throughout Festival Days for those over the age of 21.

The mechanical bull ride event has been cancelled. In lieu of this event, air padded boxing will take place. Also downtown will be goat roping and a dunk tank on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, a mud bug will be held one mile west, then south past the O’Connor Storage building. Signs will be posted. This event begins at 1:00 p.m.

For those who enjoy golfing, the Jamie “Spud” Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. At 11:00 a.m., a radio control airplane show will take place at the Philip Airport, three miles east of Philip.

And last, but not least, the demolition derby will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, southeast of Midwest Co-op Elevator.

As always, use your sunscreen (especially on the children) and drink plenty of fluids (water, sports drinks, etc.) during the outdoor activities. The forecast for Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s. Friday Night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s.

The West River Museum will be open all three days from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.