County fairs brighten up summer

The COVID-19 restrictions last year forced us to give up a lot of things that we take for granted — packing into a ball park to watch a town team baseball game, for instance, or going to the movies or out for dinner. One thing that hurt a lot of small Minnesota communities was the shutdown of the county fairs.

All the kids working on their 4-H and FFA projects and preparing their animals for showing had nowhere to show them. Adults working on their art, their crafts, their baking, their livestock had nowhere to go. People who enjoyed spending sunny afternoons and warm evenings wandering the fairgrounds had to stay home.

This year things are different. The county fairs are back. They’ve been starting up this week, starting with the Fillmore County Fair. In all, eight counties are celebrating this weekend. The Brown County Free Fair is scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Fairground in New Ulm.

After a year without a county fair in the state — even without the Minnesota State Fair! — we’re sure people are looking forward to the experiences we all missed last summer.

Let the fun begin.


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