Get to Know: Family Fun Day and the Junior Show


Rotary and Benewah County Fair

Carol Humphrey, from Rotary of St. Maries, and Nancy Malensky, of the Benewah County Junior Show and Sale, discuss their combined events, the Family Fun Day and the Benewah County Fair, August 14 – 17.

1. How did the idea to combine the Benewah County Fair and the St. Maries Rotary Club’s Family Fun Day come about? 

Just in conversation with Rotary members and Junior Show and Sale members. Both events are beneficial to the community, so it seemed like it would be good to combine the two into the same weekend.

2. What are the dates for this year’s fair and Family Fun Day? 

August 14-August 17.

3. What activities will the fair and Family Fun Day offer families this year? 

The Junior Show is Thursday, Aug. 14, and Friday, Aug. 15. Projects will also be on display. The animal dress-up contest is Friday and the Round Robin is Friday at 6 p.m. We would like to encourage the public to enter their exhibits. There is a new category called, “Pinterest Inspired,” and the antler shed contest is always popular. Look through the fair book and we are sure you can find something to enter.

Enter your pumpkin into Rotary’s heaviest pumpkin contest to be eligible to win $200. Saturday is “Family Fun Day” with mechanical bull rides, 22’ water slide, bouncies, kids’ crafts, watermelon eating contest, balloon launch contest, petting zoo, professional face painter, vendor booths, the Benewah County Pie Contest at 3 p.m., and a professional magician.

Kiwanis will serve a buyer’s appreciation breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, prior to the Junior Show and Sale Market Animal Sale, which starts at 10 a.m. This is your chance to fill your freezer.

Kiwanis serves breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday followed by finals for the water balloon launch contest, watermelon eating finals, cow patty bingo at 1:30 p.m., elk bugling contest and be there at 2:30 p.m. to see who will Kiss The Donkey Lizzy. Don’t forget to enter the BBQ Challenge. There will be drawings for the Potlatch-donated load of firewood, the 50/50 drawing and IGA’s $200 shopping marathon, Silverwood Pass, and Hughes Ace Hardware’s donated bicycle.

4. Who has helped put the events together?

Local business sponsors, Kiwanis, Hopes Haven, Benewah County 4-H, Benewah County Fair Board, Benewah County commissioners, and the St. Maries Rotary Club. There will be signage with the names of these people who have contributed so much to make the fair and Family Fun Day possible. The Distinguished Young Women participants, Boy Scouts and youth volunteers are so generous in giving their time and help wherever needed. The Junior Show & Sale kids for all their hard work to show the results of their labor in raising good animals for the market sale. The market is supported by local businesses, industries and individuals.

5. Are there plans to combine the two events next year? 

If this works, you bet.

6. Are there any new events happening this year in regards to either the fair or Family Fun Day? 

The petting zoo. This is an animal rescue and education non-profit out of Otis Orchards that that offers a petting zoo with up to 15 different types of farm animals. Animals can be petted and pictures will be posed for a Kodak moment. The elk bugling contest should be fun and the heaviest pumpkin contest. Avista will do a educational demonstration on electricity. This is something everyone should see as it could save your life.

7. What is the goal in combining the two events? 

We would like to see Family Fun Day and the Benewah County Fair be events that everyone can enjoy.

8. Are there any costs to participate in any of the events at either the fair or Family Fun Day? 

There is no charge to attend the fair, but the Family Fun Day family tickets (for a family of four) is $35 for a pass for all events, which includes an entry into the grand prize drawings. Individual day pass is $10. Single event tickets cost $2 for each activity. There also give you an entry into the grand prize drawings. It is $25 to enter the BBQ Challenge, $2 to enter the watermelon eating contest and water balloon launch. Firewood raffle tickets are $10, 50/50 drawing tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

9. What makes the fair and Family Fun Day a great place for families? 

A time for people to join together as a family and enjoy wholesome activities, good food and applaud the Junior Show & Sale kids who have put a lot of time, effort and expense into raising their animals and working on their projects. Be sure to walk through the buildings and check out all of the other displays, too.

10. What do you ladies think is the best part of the fair and what is your favorite Family Fun Day activity?

The Saturday night dance we sponsor for the 4-H Youth. After a stressful week of showing and taking care of their animals, the kids are ready for a break. BBQ Challenge and the Kiss the Donkey Lizzy (there is still time to donate to your favorite contestant). Just seeing families having fun.

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