Haakon/Jackson County Fair and Philip Festival Days - Thurs.-Sun. August 3-6

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 3-6, offer a very full schedule of fun activities for residents and guests in the Philip area. Planning and preparations for the Haakon/Jackson County Fair and Philip Festival Days are now complete. The agenda is overflowing.

"The two events are being coordinated to make it easier for people to attend all the various activities," said Mark Ford, who is chairing the Festival Days preparations. Adele Gelvin is organizing the many 4-H livestock activities for the fair. Barb Williamson is chairing the parade. Scores of volunteers are helping out in all three areas.

This year's county fair honorees are Don and Randi Oyan of Jackson County and John and Shirley Kangas of Haakon County.


10:00 a.m. - Set-up inside and outside at the fairgrounds, followed by entry of the exhibits.

3:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Interview judging for 4-H and open-class exhibits, with awards given to placers in each category.

7:00 p.m. - Open, number and draw team roping at the Philip Arena.


7:00 to 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast at the Senior Center served by the Knights of Columbus as a fundraiser to help finance the addition to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

10:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Fair exhibits open to the public.

10:00 to 12:30 p.m. - Cattle showing Pen of 3 at fairgrounds.

11:00 a.m. - Public rocket launch by 4-H rocket enthusiasts in the field west of the fair grounds.

11:00 to 3:00 p.m. - Free State Farm children's identification program at the Legion Hall.

1:00 p.m. - The cattle Pen of 3 resumes at fairgrounds.

1:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Free nitrate testing of water samples at the Legion Hall.

3:00 p.m. - 4-H Talk-Off with presentations from this last spring's 4-H competitors at the fairgrounds.

4:30 p.m. - Registration for youth events at fairgrounds.

5:00 p.m. - Youth events of stickhorse rodeo (2-4 and 5-6 year-olds), waterballoon toss (7-10 and 11-plus year-olds) and sawdust scramble (all ages) at the fairgrounds.

6:00 p.m. - Barbecue at fair-grounds.

6:00 p.m. - Bluegrass band performance during the barbecue outside at the fairgrounds.

7:00 p.m. - Ice cream social and talent show in the Legion Hall.

7:30 p.m. (after the talent show) - performance by the Haakon County Crooners at the Legion Hall.

7:00 to 10:00 - Games to Go in the First National Bank parking lot: Titanic slide, jump castle and slide, climbing wall, adrenaline run obstacle course - purchase of wristband required.

7:00 to 10:00 p.m. - Dunk tank at the bank parking lot.

9:00 to 1:30 a.m. - Downtown street dance to "Bad Penny" on Center Avenue.


6:30 a.m. - Registration for the Relay For Life fundraiser 5K run/walk at the HCYW Kiddie Park. 7:00 a.m. - And they're off!

7:00 to 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast served by the Philip Health Services for Relay For Life fundraiser at the Senior Citizens Center.

8:00 a.m. - All livestock to be shown must be checked in by this time at the fairgrounds.

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Livestock show: sheep immediately followed by cattle, at the fairgrounds.

8:30 a.m. - All small animals must be checked in by this time at the fairgrounds.

9:00 a.m. - Small animal show.

10:00 to 11:00 - Line up for parade at Philip Livestock Auction parking lot. It will conclude at the fairgrounds. This year's theme is "Let's Clown Around"

11:00 a.m. - PARADE westward down Pine Street to end at fairgrounds.

To entertain the youth after the parade, Richard Baye will be offering rides on a engine-powered six-car children's train at the fairgrounds.

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. - Burger Bust at the fairgrounds.

12:30 p.m. Quiz Bowl at the fairgrounds. The 4-H youth versus area professionals will compete in two quizzes - the first in livestock and other agriculture related subjects, the second in Family and Consumer Science and 4-H related subjects.

1:00 p.m. - MUD BOG at O'Connell's Gravel Pit west of Philip, again sponsored by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. The Philip Chamber of Commerce will be in charge of concessions.

2:00 p. m. - Livestock and exhibit check-out at the fairgrounds.

5:00 to 10:00 p.m. - Games to Go in the bank parking lot - purchase of wristband required.

7:00 to 10:00 p.m. - Dunk tank at the bank parking lot.

7:00 p.m. - Goat team-roping for competition and fun downtown.

9:00 p.m. - "DJ" street dance downtown.


10:00 a.m. - Community church service to be held on the lawn next to the Haakon County Courthouse. Please bring your own chairs. The Haakon County Crooners will perform during the service.

12:00 p.m. - Spud Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament at Lake Waggoner Golf Course three miles north and one-half mile east of Philip.


All day a.m. and p.m. - recover from all the fun and activity.

"Festival Days is a way for the Chamber to thank all the people who shop and support the businesses in Philip," said Ford. "That is really the point of Festival Days."