WAVERLY --- Volunteers scrubbed and polished, hauled and carried, all to ready the Bremer County fairgrounds for the biggest event of the year.

The Bremer County Fair officially gets under way today with the arrival of some livestock, the start of judging for certain 4-H and FFA nonlivestock exhibits and a family movie night. Events, shows and demonstrations run through Saturday.

Organizers hope to meet or best last year's turnout of 30,000 visitors over seven days.

"I'm hoping we get good weather," said Kevin Rasing, president of the Bremer County Fair Board.

A dance and performance by WAGG on Saturday kicked off activities a day early. On Monday, the fair will showcase for the first time Truck Madness, featuring professional and amateur races. Tuesday is full of activities for kids. The combine demolition derby will return Wednesday. Kids will scramble for rabbits, chickens, calves and pigs Thursday.

A performance by Styx --- Redline will open --- is the big news for Friday.

"This is the first time ever, so it's really exciting," said Renee Neil, marketing manager for the fair board.

The NTPA-sanctioned truck and tractor pull will round out the fair on Saturday.

Participation numbers are healthy for 4-H and FFA entries, organizers said.

Rasing reported that livestock entries increased to 1,300 this year.

In addition to poultry, cows, horses and other barnyard animals, 4-H and FFA youth will also show off their baking, sewing, photography, mechanical and engineering skills.

"It's their exhibition time," said Sarah Hoeft, youth and family program coordinator for Bremer County Extension.

Throughout the week, clubs and organizations will give demonstrations on everything from clogging to tumbling to archery.

Rasing said the fair is really all about the kids, letting them experience hard work and seeing a project through.

"We've got great kids here and they work really hard," Rasing said.

Admission to the fair is free; grandstand events require a ticket.

The Bremer County fairgrounds are at 515 Fifth Ave. in Waverly.

For a complete schedule, go to www.bremercountyfair.com.

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