EOT Fair July 24-27 to feature award winning artists

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The East Otter Tail County Fair is right around the corner – July 24-27 in Perham.
Exciting new things are happening this year, proving to be one for the history books. 
The Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment has made it possible to feature free events in the Lumber Depot Free Stage. The fair was awarded a $10,752 grant called the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant. The purpose of the funding is to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.
The Iron Will Expedition will be at the free stage Thursday, July 24 for four shows throughout the afternoon. The exhibit presents the movie theatre poster for the movie Iron Will that was produced in northeastern Minnesota in 1994. The actual sled used in the movie, along with hat and buckskin coat, are  owned by the presenters, Joe and Robin, who will also bring a sled dog to allow kids to pet and learn about the experience of dog sledding. Joe and Robin will also discuss the care that is needed for the animals and what happens in the training process. 
Award-winning chainsaw artist Curtis Ingvolstad will be available throughout the fair, with specific shows Friday, July 25, at 11:30 a.m., 4 and 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The chainsaw carvings he produces throughout these times will be sold immediately after the carving. Curtis has a bachelor’s in studio arts from the University of Minnesota. Curtis’ carving skills have brought him all the way around the world to Toei, Japan, home of Japan’s largest chainsaw carving competitions. 
Elvis Impersonator Brad Boice will be featured in two shows  Friday afternoon at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Brad Boice will perform two different shows featuring an Elvis Tribute and a Toast To the Classics. He has performed in many different venues across the United States. 
Magician Tom Anderson will be at the fair Saturday July 26 at 4 and 7 p.m. He will present his Educational History of Magic Show at 4 p.m. which will include a mystifying travel through history starting with the stone age and fire – Merlin and his Doves – to the 1800s with the Escapes of Harry Houdini and on to the truly modern magic of today’s Magicians. Tom Anderson’s 7 p.m. show will feature the Educational Heritage Magic Show – which will be based specifically on the history of the East Otter Tail County Fair and Northwest Minnesota. He will use magic that would have taken place in the 1800s through the early 1900s. 
The Theatre of Fools will be in town July 26 from 12-3 p.m. in the park shelter. For 25 years the Theatre of Fools’ founders Lloyd Brant and Rosei Cole have toured their unique brand of absurd theatrics to festivals and theatres across the USA. They have performed at many different venues, including Guthrie Theatre to Disneyland. 
The Haining Family will be at the Fair for a Sunday matinee, performing from 1-3 p.m. They are a front porch-style singing family that focuses on the gospel. Each family member plays a different instrument and has different talents they share with the crowd, including yodeling. The Haining Family was originally from Henning, but recently moved to Branson, Mo. They have traveled all over the upper Midwest and beyond. The Haining family are winners of the 2004 Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Family Talent Contest, and have traveled and performed at churches, festivals, fairs, nursing homes, and parks. They were also awarded the 2010 Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) International Band of the Year, 2009 CGMA Internationals Bluegrass Artist of Year and International Vocal Group of the Year, as well has numerous awards from CGMA Central USA Division. 
Doug Ohman is a freelance photographer and popular public speaker. Doug has traveled through the upper Midwest photographing historic architecture. His work has been widely published in magazines, calendars, and books. Over the past 10 years he has been working with the Minnesota Historical Society on the popular book series “Minnesota Byways.” Doug will be at the fair showing his work and talking to fairgoers Friday, July 25 from 1-7 p.m in the Exhibit Building. His shows will feature his photography collections: Escape to the Lake – Cabins of Minnesota, School House Memories, Just Down The Road – Historic Churches of Minnesota, and  Heart of the Farm – Barns of Minnesota.
The East Otter Tail County Fair is excited to bring these opportunities to engage in artistry, learn about Minnesota’s rich history and interact with the performers. Info: www.eotcountyfair.org.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 20:30