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SLAYTON – The county fair season continues in southwestern Minnesota this week, with the Murray County Fair officially starting today in Slayton. The fair program includes many activities for all ages, as well as food, music and entertainment.

This afternoon only, visitors will have the chance to ride in a hot air balloon. Slayton’s American Legion Post announced that the POW/MIA balloon will be at the fair tonight to raise awareness for US military service members who are still missing. The ball will be located on the football fields in front of West Elementary in Slayton.

Fairground attractions range from inflatables to crafts and games. The Gail Byers Memorial Apple Pie Baking Contest will be judged on Thursday afternoon. Adult events include beer and wine tastings, featuring Schell’s Brewery and Painted Prairie Vineyard.

There’s plenty of action planned for grandstand events at the fair this year. As the fair kicks off today, there will be a tractor pulled by the Great Plains Tractor Pullers. Friday night the action shifts to stock car racing at Murray County Speedway. The races return on Saturday evening, with enduro races.

Musical shows are also on the fairground programme. Johnny Cash tribute band Church of Cash will perform on Thursday night and IV Play will take the stage on Friday night.

There will also be fun events outside the fairgrounds this weekend. A vintage tractor show will be held near the corner of Highway 30 and Highway 59 in Slayton from tonight until Saturday afternoon. That’s when Slayton’s Prairie Days Parade begins. The parade will travel a route that passes through the town center of Slayton, not far from the fairgrounds.

A show by the Rewinder group and fireworks will close the fair on Saturday evening.

More information about the fair’s schedule and events is available online at

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Murray County Fair in Slayton


Noon Trade Show Buildings, Museum Buildings and Log Cabin Open

4 p.m. Bounce around the inflatables

4-8 p.m. Photography 4-H “Audience Award” vote

5:30-7:30 p.m. Acoustic duo Old Guy & The Kid

6:30 p.m. Great Plains Tractor Pull

8pm-11pm KJOE Summer Fun Party


Noon Trade Show Buildings, Museum Buildings and Log Cabin Open

1 p.m. Gail Byers Tribute Apple Pie Judging, followed by Pie and Ice Cream

2pm-8pm Children’s zoo

2 p.m. Bounce around the inflatables

2 p.m. Flyers

5:00 – 7:00 Cattlemen’s Association Rib Eye Sandwich Supper

6 p.m. Open youth pet show

6:00 p.m. Beer tasting featuring Schell’s Brewery and wine tasting featuring Painted Prairie Vineyard

7 p.m. Beer Mug Holding Contest

8-10 p.m. Church of Cash


Noon Trade Show Buildings, Museum Buildings and Log Cabin Open

1-7pm Chainsaw sculptures by Dylan Semler

1:30 p.m. Beanbag tournament for children

2 p.m. Bounce around the inflatables

2pm-8pm Children’s zoo

4:00 p.m. Woody’s Ax Throwing

5:00 p.m. Kiddie Tractor Draw

5:30 p.m. Pork loin supper

6 p.m. Open music jam

6-8 p.m. Myah Holinka, music and guitar

7:30 p.m. Stock car races

9 p.m. IV Play


10 a.m. Trade Show Buildings open

Noon Bounce Around Inflatables

Opening of the museum buildings and the log cabin

1-7pm Chainsaw sculptures by Dylan Semler

1:00 p.m. Prairie Days Parade

2 p.m. Woody’s Ax Throw

2 p.m. Fire hose games for children

2:30 p.m. Rescue of grain silos

2:30-5:00 pm Entertainment by Star Fire

5:30 p.m. Community shrimp porridge

6-8:30 p.m. Enduro car race

8-11pm Rewinder Band – the greatest hits of the cassette era

Fireworks at dusk

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