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Alright! Time to head to the fair

July 23, 2017
Chuck Hunt - Register Editor ( , Faribault County Register

It's that special time of year again. Time for one of the biggest events in Faribault County.

Yes, I am talking about the Faribault County Fair. And, this is the 157th year there has been a fair here.

I have written before in this space that I love the fair, even though it causes a lot of work for the staff here at the Faribault County Register.

We just finished our 2017 edition of our Fair Book Magazine. It is included inside this issue of the Register. Don't miss it. But at nearly 100 pages, it is hard to miss.

Inside you will find stories about the fair and what is new, daily schedules of all the events, and more than a dozen feature stories about everything going on at this year's big "Gathering under the Oaks." There is also a feature story about this year's "Fair Person of the Year," an honor given posthumously to Roy Yeager and to his business of Yeager Implement.

The Fair Book Magazine is also chock full of advertisements from area businesses, and I am sure you will find them interesting too, if you give them a look. Some of them have fair specials you will want to check out.

Yes, there are a few changes for the fair this year. You have probably already heard that the carnival is not coming. However, the fair board is bringing in some blow up rides, including a couple of large water slide rides. If the weather is hot and humid which it sure can be during the last week of July in Minnesota then a water ride might be a very popular thing. Even for an old codger like me.

I love going to the fair for a variety of reasons. The food. The shows. The food. The entertainment. The food. Visiting with folks and just seeing what is going on. The food. Seeing the displays and animals and all the 4-H contests and events. And of course, the food.

Because we want to cover the fair and get lots of pictures, the Register staff spends a lot of time at the fair just as part of our job. So we get paid to go to the fair and have fun. Nice, huh?

But, the downside of that perk is that if we spend too much time at the fair, which we do, then our weekly work at the office seems to not get done in a timely manner.

And, when you have a weekly deadline and need to do a lot things in order to publish a newspaper on time, spending too much time at the fair can be a bad thing. I guess we could make the fair board happy and run nothing in the paper except fair photos next week.

Don't be too shocked if that is what happens.

I think I love the fair because I never went to a county fair as a kid. I did not grow up in a place where there even was one. Or at least, I don't think San Diego County, in southern California, held a county fair. And, if they did, it was probably much different than what goes on across Minnesota, and my family didn't go.

People who grew up in Faribault County or other parts of Minnesota and the Midwest, have many fond memories of going to the fair every summer.

But, not me.

The fair in Faribault County this year is going to be a bit different than in years past. Besides no carnival, there also won't be the array of old and antique tractors, no old tractor pulling contest nor big powerful tractor pulling contest where the smoke and noise was something to experience.

Instead there will be some new things, including over 50 venders for the new Flea Junktion flea market and a revamped beer garden now called the Saloon.

The fair is also just four days long, running Wednesday through Saturday. In the past it started on Tuesdays, and for a couple of years the fair board added Sunday, as well. But this year they are trying four days to see how that goes.

In those four days there is a lot of entertainment, usually at three venues the Tent, the Grandstand and the new Saloon. There are quite a few music, comedy and hypnotist and other acts performing throughout the fair.

If you check out the Register's Fair Book Magazine inside the newspaper this week, you will see what I am talking about. There is a lot of entertainment going on at this fair, all packed into an exciting four days.

I sure hope you get a chance or two or three to get to the fair. Maybe I will see you there.

And, don't forget to check out the food stands. I'm sure going to.



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