I know it’s a little late, but we had so much fun at the Chisago County Fair that I couldn’t resist sharing some of the highlights. I discovered the joys of county fairs 3 years ago when I came to this very same county fair to check out the area and try to make connections with farmers. We knew even then that this was the area we wanted to settle in. Little did we know that our dream home was just 2 miles north of the fair!
For those of you unfamiliar with county fairs, they are the prelude to the state fair. Ours is a free admission fair and you can buy a parking pass for $5 that gets you in all 4 days. 4 H (the youth organization) is still really big here and all the animals and projects displayed are the product of the hard work of one of these hard working young people. Two and Avril are “cloverbuds” for ages 5-8. Two brought a drawing of some young plantain leaves that he had drawn for one of his nature study projects and Avril brought “survival cookies,” a family favorite made from whole peanuts, honey, flour, vanilla and salt. On Sunday Two brought Jack to the pet show.
All the young people also have put in a 2 hour shift at one of the club’s food booths. Proeun took them since he has experience in restaurant work. When I went to get a picture of them at their first “job” I saw the kids sitting and visiting while parents worked in the kitchen. I’m glad he took them.
Children pointing out their projects.
Cow barn was a favorite.
Love this little calf! Sorry for the quality of the pictures. The children were very excited and didn’t want to be still a moment.
We did go on some rides. Especially on Sunday when grandma and grandpa, great-grandma and great-grandpa and uncle Russel came up. Little Effie is quite the character and insisted on her right to ride also, crying everytime it was over. Yes good times.