The Delaware State Fair suffered from some hellish temperatures in its first week, even delaying the opening of Wade Shows Midway to 4 p.m. July 24.

Now that things are looking slightly cooler, look for the following can’t miss events before the fair closes up shop.


1 Demolition Derby
7 p.m. Friday, July 30, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
Who cares where your seats are. You can still hear the crunch of metal and see smoke rising from the pit of car-on-car action as the Manlove Autoparts presents Demolition Derby revs up for the second time during the fair. Derby tickets range from $10 to $12.

2 Table games
Harrington Raceway and Casino
OK, it’s not exactly part of the fair, but Harrington Raceway and Casino’s table games are now open. When things get hot outside, head into the casino for some blackjack, craps, poker, roulette and lots more. Bonz Restaurant & Lounge steps up their entertainment during the fair, too, so grab a beer, head out to the patio and listen to bands like On the Edge and the Fabulous Greaseband.

3 Cooking demonstrations
Pick up cooking tips while staying cool during daily demonstrations from esteemed local chefs. Most are at 2 and 5 p.m. in the Dover Building, but check the schedule to make sure. For something a little different, be there at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, for an ice carving demonstration.

4 Grand Bar Cookie Competition
9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 29, Dover Building
Head to the Dover Building with your tastiest bar cookies for a chance to win $100. Unlike many of the culinary contests, the cookie contest requires to sign up before the morning of the contest. Just take the entry, one copy of the recipe (required form from the website), a second copy typed on an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper with name on the back in the lower right-hand corner. Check in and set up is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with judging at 10:45. Prize money from Forney’s Too is $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. For more information, visit www.delawarestatefair.com/sites/default/files/2010_Grand_Bar_Cookie_02_09_10.pdf.

5 Pretty Animal Contest
8 p.m. Friday, July 30, Quillen Arena
Mixing cute kids and animals is a no-brainer, which is why the Pretty Animal Contest is a hit year after year. Kids ages 5 to 21 dress themselves and their animals in themed costumes and wait for judges to pick their favorites.

Wednesday, July 28
8 a.m. Gates open for Military Day
9 a.m. 4-H/FFA exhibits open, Centre/4H & FFA
Beef Cattle Breeding Animal & Feeder Calf Show, Schabinger Pavilion
4-H/FFA Horse Judging, Quillen Arena
9:30 a.m. Fifer Orchards’ Peach Dessert Contest, Dover Building
10 a.m. Hat Decorating Contest, Dover Building
4-H Plant & Environmental Sciences Demonstration, Centre/4-H & FFA
11 a.m. Ice Carving Demonstration with Chef Shawn West, Grove Picnic Area
Del One Kidz Zone opens, Del One Kidz Zone
FFA & 4-H Tractor Driving Contest, Quillen Arena
“What is a Medicine Wheel?,” Dover Building
Giraffe menagerie and pony rides open, Machinery Lot
Noon FFA Ag Mechanics, Quillen Arena
1 p.m. Wade Shows Midway opens
Sheep Junior & Open Breeding Animal Show, Kent Building
Farm, Fruit & Apiary Judging, Dover Building
2 p.m. Cooking Demonstration, Dover Building
Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
3:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
5 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Dairy Goat Milking Contest, Simpson Building
Cooking Demo with Chef Shawn West, Dover Building
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
5:45 p.m. WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
6 p.m. Army National Guard Rock Band, DEC Free
Entertainment Tent
Open Dairy Show, Quillen Arena
6:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
7 p.m. Selena Gomez & The Scene, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
Delaware State Fair parade
Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
7:30 p.m. Smyrna’s Citizens’ Hose Band, in front of Wilmington Trust Grandstand
8 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
9 p.m. Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
10 p.m. Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent

Thursday, July 29
8 a.m. Gates open
Open Meat Goat Show, Kent Building
9 a.m. 4-H/FFA exhibits open, Centre/4-H & FFA
Pony & Miniature Horse Show, Quillen Arena
9:30 a.m. Grand Bar Cookie Contest, Dover Building
10 a.m. FFA Games, Holloway Street
4H Family & Consumer Sciences Demonstrations, Centre/4-H & FFA
11 a.m. Del One Kidz Zone opens
Governor’s Day Harness Racing, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
Giraffe menagerie and pony rides open, Machinery Lot
1 p.m. Wade Shows Midway opens
2 p.m. Garden Fresh Today with Veronica Austin, Dover Building
Hollywood Racing Pigs, Near Quillen Arena
3:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
4 p.m. Pig Kissing Contest, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
5 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Cooking Demo with Chef Nancy Chirdon, Dover Building
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
5:30 p.m. Men’s Horseshoe Pitching, Quillen Arena
5:45 p.m. WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
6 p.m. Vegetable Stars Contest, Grove Picnic Area
Milford Community Band’s Oompa Band, Main Gate
6:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
Junior Livestock Auction, Kent Building
7 p.m. Delaware State Fair parade
Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
7:30 p.m. The Beach Boys, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
Smyrna’s Citizens’ Hose Band, in front of Wilmington Trust Grandstand
8 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
9 p.m. Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
10 p.m. Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent

Friday, July 30
8 a.m. Gates open
Dairy Goat Show, Kent Building
9 a.m. 4-H/FFA exhibits open, Centre/4-H & FFA
State 4-H Horse and Pony Show, Quillen Arena
FFA Awards Breakfast, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
10 a.m. 4-H Animal Sciences Demonstrations, Centre/4H & FFA
11 a.m. Giraffe menagerie and pony rides open, Machinery Lot
Ice Carving Demonstration, Grove Picnic Area
Del One Kidz Zone opens
Noon Blueberry Blowout Contest, Dover Building
1 p.m. Wade Shows Midway opens
2 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
4H Archery Competition
3:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
5 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Cooking Demo with Chef Ed Hennessy, Dover Building
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
5:30 p.m. Men’s Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Quillen Arena
5:45 p.m. WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
6 p.m. Downtown Dixieland Band, Main Gate
6:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
7 p.m. Delaware State Fair parade
Manlove Auto Parts presents Demolition Derby, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
7:30 p.m. Smyrna’s Citizens’ Hose Band, in front of Wilmington Trust Grandstand
8 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
Pretty Animal Contest, Quillen Arena
9 p.m. Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
10 p.m. Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent

Saturday, July 31
8 a.m. Gates open
Herdsman Breakfast, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
9 a.m. 4-H/FFA exhibits open, Centre/4-H & FFA
4-H Compact Tractor Driving Contest, Quillen Arena
Women and Youth Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Quillen Arena
11 a.m. Del One Kidz Zone opens
Giraffe menagerie and pony rides open, Machinery Lot
Noon Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Young Farmers and Ranchers’ Antique Tractor Pull, Quillen Arena
Bigger, Better, Burger Contest, Grove Picnic Area
1 p.m. Wade Shows Midway Opens, Midway
4-H Avian Bowl, Centre/4-H & FFA
Men’s Horseshoe Tournament, Quillen Arena
2 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
3 p.m. Youth Poultry Showmanship, New Castle Building
3:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
4 p.m. 4-H State Fashion Revue, Centre/4-H & FFA
5 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
4-H Awards Celebration, Centre/4-H & FFA
Cooking Demo with Chef Lauren Hastings, Dover Building
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
5:45 p.m. WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
6 p.m. Duck Drop, New Castle Building
6:30 p.m. Hollywood Racing Pigs, near Quillen Arena
WMDT live news cast, Exhibit Hall
7 p.m. Delaware State Fair parade
Erick Känd, Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Free Entertainment Tent
7:30 p.m. Delaware Army National Guard presents Jason Aldean with fireworks after the show, Wilmington Trust Grandstand
Smyrna’s Citizens’ Hose Band, in front of Wilmington Trust Grandstand
8 p.m. Circus Hollywood, Sponsor Lot
Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
Ice show, Centre/4-H & FFA
9 p.m. Erick Känd, DEC Free Entertainment Tent
10 p.m. Vocal Trash, DEC Free Entertainment Tent