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Palo Alto County Fair to Offer Escape Room Games Free to Fairgoers

 

Palo Alto County Fairgoers will have the chance to experience one of the fastest growing games in the entertainment business. The Fair Board has hired a professional escape room company to provide three different escape rooms at no charge to fairgoers.

        An escape room is a game in which participants are “locked” in a room (although the room is never actually locked) and they must work together to follow clues and solve puzzles to find the way out of the room. To be successful, players must think creatively, communicate effectively, and move quickly.

        There will be two escape rooms at the fair on Friday, July 20, from 12PM-8PM in the North Commercial building. One scenario is the Locker Lockup, in which a group of bullies has hidden college scholarship awards and players must find and mail the package in the alloted time or loose their scholarships.

        The other room on Friday will be Scared Straight. While touring the famous Alcatraz Prison, the tour group is locked in a cell and must figure out how to break out before the tour boat leave without them.

The third room will operate on Saturday, July 21, from 12PM-8PM on the Open Air Pavilion stage. In the Excavation Agitation room players must find the proof that a previously unknown civilization exists after the paranoid professor hid the crucial pieces.

Each room will accommodate up to ten participants at a time, and puzzles are conducted in both 25-minute games and 55-minute games. Players aged 8 and up will enjoy the escape rooms, but players under 12 should be accompanied by at least one adult over 18. Nationwide, escape rooms are most popular with those 20-60 years of age and are played by both women and men.

The games are provided by Escape Room Parties, a division of Evergreen Gifts, Fun Park & Escape Rooms of Park Rapids. The company is owned and operated by Tom & Barb Atwood of Gilmore City, Iowa. The company is in its fifth year of operating escape rooms at the fun park in northern Minnesota. Mobile escape rooms were added as an offering in the winter of 2018 to provide mobile escape rooms for after-prom parties, corporate functions, and other group functions. While other mobile escape rooms utilize trailers for the rooms, Escape Room Parties constructs escape rooms within facilities to provide a more immersive atmosphere and flexibility for the events being served.

While you may be able to walk up and experience the escape rooms, it is highly recommended that you utilize our free online booking tool by going to www.paloaltocountyfair.com and clicking on the "Can You Escape" button at the top right of the website. The bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.         

 

 

 

 

COMMERCIAL BOOTH INFORMATION

 

We will begin accepting reservations for booth space at the Palo Alto County Fair on June 10, 2018. 

 

The Commercial Exhibits Building will be open on Thursday - Sunday, July 19-22.

 

The commercial building will also include open class exhibits.  The building will be open on Sunday.  Commercial exhibitors are to exhibit Thursday - Saturday, with Sunday being optional.

 

Indoor spaces are approximately 8 feet wide and each space has its own electrical outlet.  Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, fans, etc.  We will only be using the north commercial exhibits building this year.

 

Outdoor spaces will be allocated based on size of space needed and locations available.

 

The prices are the same as in the past, $35.00 for a one indoor space, $55.00 for two spaces and $75 for three.  Outdoor spaces are $45.00.  Please remit the correct amount according to the size of space you wish to have.  Make checks payable to Palo Alto County Fair and send along with the attached entry blank to:  Palo Alto County Fair, 4664 380th St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.  Remember, we are on a first come, first served basis beginning June 10, 2018

 

If you wish to be next to another exhibitor, please indicate that on the booth reservation form.  We will try to accommodate all requests, however, space is limited.

 

Exhibitors will be able to set up any time on Wednesday evening or on Thursday during the day.  The exhibits building will be open on Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Friday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. You may take down your exhibit after 7:00 pm on Saturday or you may stay Sunday, where the building will be open from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. 

 

Please complete the entire booth reservation form as this is used to send follow up information and provides the mailing list for next year.  If an e-mail address is provided on the booth reservation form, we will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of the form and will e-mail subsequent information.  The schedule of events is now online.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 712-490-6611 or you may e-mail manager@paloaltocountyfair.com. We look forward to having you as an exhibitor at the fair.

 

 

FAIR QUEEN APPLICATION INFORMATION

Candidates for Palo Alto County Fair Queen must at least 16 years old and an active 4-H or FFA member who has exhibited at the Palo Alto County Fair.

 

The application form is available online.  The application may be submitted on a separate sheet as long as all of the requested information is provided.  Please feel free to add additional pages to the application as needed.  Each judge will get a photocopy of your application, so special paper is not necessary.

 

Scoring is based on the following:  application 20%, appearance 20%, interview 25%, personality/poise 25%, on-stage question 10%. 

 

Please return your application to Devona Perkins, 4664 380th Street, Emmetsburg, Iowa, edevona@yahoo.com or to the extension office.  If e-mailing the application, photos are acceptable in a jpeg format.  Applications are due July 1st.

 

The queen selection process will include an interview with the judges tentatively scheduled as a breakfast on Thursday, July 19th as well as an on stage question at the fairgrounds.  The exact time of the interviews will be announced after all application forms are received due to the potential for conflicts with the fair schedule.  You will be notified of the time and location of the interview.

 

The on stage question and crowning of the 2018 Palo Alto County Fair Queen will take place at the fairgrounds.  We are planning to introduce the candidates and have the on stage question at 6:45 with the crowning of the queen to occur after the 4-H Share the Fun at approximately 8:30.  The time may be subject to change.

 

Additional information will be sent out to all candidates after the July 1st application deadline.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Devona Perkins, Queen Coordinator at 712-490-6611 or e-mail edevona@yahoo.com.  Kim Campbell will be the co-chair for this event and you may also contact her with questions at 712-852-9092.

 

OPEN CLASS YEAST BREAD CONTEST

 RED STAR Yeast Competition - Back for 2018

 

Open class food entries containing RED STAR Yeast are eligible for this competiton.  Entries must have the empty RED STAR Yeast packet attached to the entry or a photo of the entrant using RED STAR Yeast in a jar.  Entry tags will be marked with a red star.

 

Red Star Yeast will provide 1st, 2nd & 3rd place merchandise prizes. 

 

CRAFT SHOW BOOTH INFORMATION

 

CANCELLED - 2018 Craft & Vendor Show

 Palo Alto County Fair Craft & Vendor Show

 

The Palo Alto County Fair will have a craft & vendor show on Saturday, July 21st.   We welcome all crafters and home based businesses to have a booth.  We can only have one representative of any home based business (Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Avon, etc) and will accept on a first come, first served basis.

 

This will be held in the south commercial building from 9:00 – 2:00.  You may begin to set up your booth at 8:00.

 

The booth spaces are approximately 8 feet wide and each space has its own electrical outlet.  Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, fans, etc. 

 

The cost of the booth space is $15.00.  Make checks payable to Palo Alto County Fair and send along with the attached entry blank to:  Kay Wise, 3694 490th Ave, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.  Booth space will be on a first come, first served basis. 

 

If you wish to be next to another exhibitor, please indicate that on the booth reservation form.  We will try to accommodate all requests, however, space is limited.

 

The craft show will have separate advertising from the fair.  In order to be included in this advertising, reservations forms must be received by July 8th.

 

Please complete the entire booth reservation form as this is used to send follow up information and provides the contact list for next year.  If an e-mail address is provided on the booth reservation form, we will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of the form and will e-mail subsequent information.  The schedule of events is now online at www.paloaltocountyfair.com

 

If you have any questions, please contact Kay Wise at 712-260-3188 or kwise@iowalakes.edu.  We look forward to having you as an exhibitor at the fair.

 

 

BILL RILEY TALENT SEARCH

 The Palo Alto County Fair is excited to bring back the Bill Riley Talent Search on Friday, July 20th at 7:00.

 

Competition will be in two divisions:  Sprout - Ages 2-12 and Senior - Ages 13-21.

 

Prizes will be awarded in each division.  $50 for 1st Place, $30 for 2nd Place and $20 for 3rd Place.

 

Click here for official rules.

 

Winners in each division will advance to competition at the Iowa State Fair.

 

To enter, send the following information to Tyler Johnson at tjohnson@e-hawks.org.

     Name

    Complete Address

     Age

     Birthdate

     Phone number, including contact number for day of show

     Type of Talent (vocal, piano, jazz dance, etc)

     E-mail address

Multiple acts need one member to act as a contact person with information going through them. 
Additional information of the act need only name, birth date, age and town.

 

For more information, contact:

Tyler Johnson

tjohnson@e-hawks.org

515-291-4767  phone/text.