By Rebekah Lund
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Come one, come all!


August 16, 2018

Rebekah Lund

Best. Fair. Ever. The theme for this year's Carlton County Fair promises to deliver a good time for attendees, which, historically, it has. The Carlton County Fair is a traditional event that many families in our area have been attending their whole lives. The fair really serves as a bridge between the past and the present, and this year's lineup of events proves to be no different.

Of course, the Gold Building will still house the flowers, vegetables, baked goods, and artwork entries from Carlton County residents, so definitely check out what your neighbors have been growing and creating! The Centennial Building will feature local businesses with information and sign-ups for deals, and you can get your free Sappi bag and fill it with pencils, pens, paper, political stickers and the like. The Hartman Pavilion will feature local music and entertainment acts as usual, and the standard lineup of food vendors is ready for fairgoers. The grandstand will offer the usual horse races, figure eight races, and demolition derby, for those seeking excitement.

Along with all the other standard fair events, the 4-H program is not to be overlooked. 4-H has been a steady presence at the fair, and this year is no different. "One hundred and fifteen kids will be showcasing exhibits at the fair this year, and seven area clubs are represented," said Marna Butler-Fasteland, Carlton County's 4-H coordinator. "We have strong representation in the animal projects in our county; dairy are hanging in there, beef and swine have grown. Poultry and sheep continue to be strong, while goats and rabbits are doing OK," she added. Other 4-H youth are doing demonstrations on various topics, and entering baked goods, photography, artwork, clothing, vegetables, and flowers, among other things. The judging is conference style, so the youth share their knowledge with judges and are judged 50 percent on their knowledge, and 50 percent on the actual workmanship of their exhibit. Be sure to swing into the 4-H building and check out these talented kids' work, or plan to watch one of the livestock showing events.

When you are over in the 4-H area, swing over to the animal barns to check out the new indoor arena for showing pigs, goats,and sheep. "Last year, our Build the Barn committee bought bleachers for the back of the new swine building, (which replaced the falling down Children's Barn), community members donated panels, and voila! We had a new covered show arena," said Carol Jelinek, chairperson of the committee. This year, the same committee funded a lean-to addition for the sheep. The committee is comprised of a group of 4-H families committed to improving the livestock facilities at the fairground; so far they have raised $20,000 for improvements. The group's next goal to improve this area is to put up new fencing for the horse arena. "There will be a Schwan's Cares fundraiser that will go through mid-September, so look for flyers for this at the fair," Butler-Fasteland said.

In terms of brand new events and venues, "This year we will have mutton bustin', daily live Bengal tiger shows, and our new Agriculture Education Building, which will be in the new building over by the train, before it moves to the Aanerud Building next year," fair manager Allysha Sample said.

The fair will be open Thursday, August 16th at 11 a.m., and the gates will be open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $7 for adults, and $5 for kids under 12; kids five and under are free.

When asked what advice she had for fairgoers, Allysha Sample said: "The advice I would give fairgoers is put on your happy face, grab your family, and enjoy your time at the Best. Fair. Ever."

See you there!


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