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Dozens of ways to win at the GF fair this year

The Greater Grand Forks Fair & Exhibition will have all the attractions Midwesterners expect from their local fair: carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, pie and ice cream socials, a free stage with entertainment, a circus thrill show, racing pigs an...

The Greater Grand Forks Fair & Exhibition will have all the attractions Midwesterners expect from their local fair: carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, pie and ice cream socials, a free stage with entertainment, a circus thrill show, racing pigs and more.

But if you don't mind competing for cash and prizes, you could walk away from the fair with a little money and/or some gifts, as well.

There will be more than two dozen contests during the five days of the fair, Wednesday through June 27 at the Grand Forks County fairgrounds, north of Gateway Drive and west of North Washington Street. Gate admission will be free. Here are a few of the ways you could win cash and prizes.

- The Indigo Top Model competition will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Exhibit Hall Stage. Contestants ages 12 to 24 will be judged on fashion creativity, style and stage presence. Choose your favorite clothing to model to compete for the chance to be Grand Forks Fair's first Top Model winner. You can download an application at www.grandforksfair.com . Indigo, a funky chic boutique in University Village that sells gently used designer women's and men's clothes, is the main sponsor. Prizes include gift certificates and more.

- The Rock 30 Games Guitar Hero Tournament will be at 3 p.m. Friday with three levels of competition and head-to-head matches. All ages are welcome. Preregister by noon Thursday (the registration form is at www.grandforksfair.com ) by dropping off the registration at Rock 30 Games, 3221 32nd Ave. S., Suite 200.

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- Got muscles? Enter the Ironworks Gym Fitness Center Arm Wrestling Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. You can register from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday; it's $10 per arm, $5 per additional arm. For information, call Jake, (701) 278-2611.

- Then, there are the eating contests, sponsored by Hugo's. The corn-on-the-cob-eating contest will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The bubblegum-blowing contest will be at 4 p.m. Thursday and the hot-dog-eating contest at 8 p.m. Thursday. Friday at 5:30 p.m. there will be a pie-eating contest. The cookie-stacking contest is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and the Shuck Off corn-shucking contest will be at 1 p.m. June 27.

- The Behl's Photography Parent/Child Look-A-Like Contest. Come get your photo taken at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. You could win a family photo session and an 11-by-14 portrait valued at $175.

- Like dodgeball? Get together a four-person team (ages 16 and older, men and women) and enter the Rock 94.7 Dodgeball Tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday. There's no entry fee, and the deadline to register is Monday. Go to www.grandforksfair.com for rules and registration info. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and there's a $100 prize for the team with the most creative team costumes.

- The Demolition Derby and Herbie Derby will be 2 p.m. June 27 and will award more than $4,000. For full information and registration forms, go to www.grandforksfair.com .

Then, there's the Lite Rock 104 Minute to Win It Game Show at 7 p.m. Wednesday; a Straw Bale Toss Competition at 4 p.m. Thursday; the XL 93 Deal or No Deal Game Show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; a Rooster Crowing Contest at 9 a.m. Friday; the Weird People Tricks contest at 4:30 p.m. Saturday; a Lip Sync Contest at 2 p.m. Sunday; not mention Family Bingo, Bessie Bingo, hula hoop contests, sack racing, jump roping and more. See the fair schedule for a full listing.

The carnival midway will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. June 27. A carnival ride Mega Pass is $40 if purchased by Tuesday, and is good for all rides every day. Purchased during the fair, it will be $45. The Daily Pass is $10 in advance, $25 at the fairgrounds.

Grandstand events will be of the loud, testosterone-heavy variety: Racing Friday night, the TNT Monsters Steel Thunder Tour monster trucks and motocross Saturday, and the Demo Derby and Herbie Derby on Sunday. Admission will be charged for the events.

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The free entertainment includes Garcia Brothers Circus Thrill Show, featuring the Human Cannon Ball and the Globe of Death, with free shows at 6, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Wednesday; 5:45, 7:15 and 9 p.m. Thursday; 4, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 4, 6:30, 8:15 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; and 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 27.

Daryl's Racing Pigs, another free show, will race at 3:30, 4:45, 5:45 and 8 p.m. Friday; 4:45, 5:45, 7:15 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. June 27.

There will be musical entertainment and more on the Free Stage.

A celebration for senior citizens will begin at 3 p.m. Friday in the 4-H Building with free pie and ice cream, coffee and music, sponsored by Cass Clay.

On Military Appreciation Day Thursday, there will be free carnival rides from 5 to 7 p.m. for military, active duty and retired, with ID.

Reach Tobin at (701) 780-1134; (800) 477-6572, ext. 134; or send e-mail to ptobin@gfherald.com .

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