Corn at fair — sweeeet

More rides, attractions at 154th Brown County Fair

Photo by Clay Schuldt Berle Sweet Corn, run by Darren (left) and Nadine Berle, is a new but popular food vendor at the fair. The family sells buttered sweet corn on the cob as well ast the more exotic and spicy street corn.

BROWN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS — The 154th Brown County Fair started Wednesday with more rides and vendors than in previous years.

The Fair Board of Directors confirmed the attractions were reconfigured to fit more rides on the fairgrounds. This year also saw the return of the Ferris wheel, which was absent last year.

Most of the regular food vendors have also returned, with a few new additions.

Fair Board president Anna Covington said they were particularly excited to have Berle Sweet Corn attend the fair. The stand is run by Darren and Nadine Berle of Sleepy Eye. The Berle family has been growing and selling sweet corn from the back of the truck for years, but this year decided to open a stand at the fair.

Darren said he got the idea to open a corn shack after seeing it at the State Fair. The first day of operation prove fairly popular.

Photo by Clay Schuldt The Brown County Fairgrounds comes alive for fair week. This year’s fair features more rides and vendors than past years and a return of the Ferris wheel.

Berle Sweet Corn sells buttered corn on the cob, but also offers the “Street Corn.” Darren explained this sweet corn covered with mayo with spicy cheeto dust spread over top for extra kick.

In terms of entertainment, fair board secretary Candice Stadick said they were excited to bring nationally recognized recording artist Sawyer Brown to the grand stands. Sawyer Brown will perform 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 in the fairground grandstands, with Red Letter Band opening at 6 p.m.

Other entertainment include Demolition Derbies at 7 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

The 4-H and FFA livestock shows will run throughout the fair. Animal shows include goats, sheep, rabbits, cows, poultry, horse and swine.

Friday will see the return of the Dock Dog competition. A long pool will be sent up on the fairground to see which dogs can jump the furthest, highest and fastest.

The dock dog competition starts 11 a.m. Friday, with competitions held all weekend long.

The Civic Center will host horticulture exhibits. This includes exhibits from Minnesota Master Gardners as well as the annual Minnesota Gladiolus Society Show, that starts 11 a.m. Saturday.

The fair runs through 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15.


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