One hundred years ago, in 1914, a fair was held in Belmont.
One hundred years later, the Belmont School and Community Fair will be held this weekend, continuing some of the traditions of Belmont’s rural school days and the fairs held continuously since 1940.
One of the most long-standing traditions, Stunt Night, will be held in the Belmont Grade School gym Thursday. The fair king and queen will be crowned, and the mustache and beard contest winners will be announced.
Christman Amusements’ midway will be open Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday. Wristband specials will be offered Saturday and Sunday.
The Belmont Fair football game against Highland will be held at BHS Friday at 7 p.m., with a fireworks show afterward.
The annual fair parade, going north down South Mound Avenue, will start at 9:30 a.m. The University of Wisconsin Marching Band will march in the parade, with a Fifth Quarter performance at the BHS football field at 11:45 a.m.
Other entertainment in the BHS commons includes Delbert Heins Saturday at noon, and Ray and Camilla McDonald at 1 p.m.
A street dance featuring Madison County will be held on Commerce Street Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. for teens, and at 8 p.m. for adults.
The annual car show will be held at BHS Saturday at noon. The Wisconsin Horse Pullers Association show will be Saturday at 4 p.m., with a horse show and cowboy mounted shooting demonstration Sunday at noon.
The pasty dinner will be held in the BHS cafeteria at 11 a.m.
Exhibits will be on display in the Belmont Grade School gym Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
Animal judging begins Saturday at noon, with the livestock auction at 2:15 p.m.
An ecumenical worship service will be held at Ken Leahy Memorial Park Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The kiddie tractor pedal pull and tractor and garden tractor pull will be held Sunday at noon.
For more on the Belmont School and Community Fair, see the special section in The Platteville Journal and the Darlington Republican Journal this week.