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Music out, action in as 2013 fair lineup released
For the first time in its 158-year history, the fair won't have a music headliner on the grandstand, according to fair board president Sam Kaderly. (Times file photo: Anthony Wahl)

2013 Green County Fair Schedule

All events free unless noted otherwise.

Wednesday, July 17

7 p.m. - Three Hills Rodeo

Thursday, July 18

6 p.m. - Badger State Tractor Pull, $5

Friday, July 19

6 p.m. - National Tractor Pullers, $5

Saturday, July 20

9:30 a.m. - Antique tractor pull

10 a.m. - Pedal Pushers Tractor Pull

10 a.m. - 4-H and FFA Fur and Feather Auction

noon - National Tug-of-War Championships

12:30 p.m. - 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction

3:30 p.m. - Wisconsin Singers

4 p.m. - Horse pull

7:30 p.m. - Tonny Petersen's Hell Drivers

Sunday, July 21

9 a.m. - Communal church service

10:30 a.m. - Master Showmanship

1 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Cheese Auction, Dairy Youth Recognition Auction

4 p.m. - Demolition Derby, $10

MONROE - Loud engines, crushed steel and squealing tires rule the lineup of the 2013 Green County Fair.

For the first time in its 158-year history, the fair won't have a music headliner on the grandstand, according to fair board president Sam Kaderly. He released the fair lineup Tuesday. The 2013 Green County Fair is July 17 to 21.

The fair board decided at a meeting earlier this month to bring Tonny Petersen's Hell Drivers to the grandstand Saturday night, a time usually reserved for a country music act.

Shrinking crowds at music shows and a precipitous rise in the price of performers, combined with audience's growing thirst for action, led the board to the decision.

"What we've been told is, they want action," Kaderly said of fair attendees. "A lot of the fairs (in the state) are going away from that big-name entertainment."

At $8,000 for Saturday night's "Motor Thrill Show," the Hell Drivers are cheap to hire compared to a touring singer and band. The explosive show involves professional drivers doing stunts - cars crushing cars, motorcyclists flying through flames and pickup trucks balancing on two wheels.

The Hell Drivers have requested the fair board to provide three cars that can go at least 60 mph.

"Basically they're going to wreck them for us," Kaderly said.

The Motor Thrill Show is free to attend.

The 2013 fair will also have a new midway. The fair board is hiring Wenzel Amazements to bring in 15 to 17 rides, including a Ferris Wheel and bouncy houses.

"We weren't happy with the midway we had last year," Kaderly said. "There should be more rides than there were last year."

The only music act to play the grandstand all week will be a free show by the Wisconsin Singers at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Other changes to this year's fair include combining the demolition derby into one show Sunday, instead of two, and charging $10 for it instead of $5.

That's the steepest admission to the grandstand all week.

By far the most expensive grandstand event to buy, the $25,300 Three Hills Rodeo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, will be free to attend.

Kaderly said the fair board has chosen to move the hospitality tent closer to the grandstand and midway, for convenience. Also, parking in the area of all barns will no longer be permitted.

One popular, well-attended event is returning in 2013: the National Tug-of-War Championships, bankrolled by Colony Brands.

Admission prices to the fair are staying the same this year. An adult season pass is $20, a day pass is $8. Children ages 8 to 12 get in for $3, except before 1 p.m. Saturday, when they can get in free. Discounted passes will again be available before the fair at area Woodford State Banks and Sugar River Banks.