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2013 Fillmore County Fair Attracts Kids of all Ages

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

By Barb Jeffers

The Fillmore County Fair provided entertainment for children and kids at heart the week of July 23-27, 2013. Monday got the fair started with a 4-H General Project Day.

Tuesday was a very busy day for 4-H members with Horse Training, Horse Pleasure Show, and Poultry Show. Later in the evening the General Livestock Judging took place followed by Dairy and General Livestock judging. Crowds sat on bleachers, stood near their family members or fellow 4-H members nervously waiting for the results.

Exhibits filled the 4-H building with entries in a wide array of categories including Fine Arts, Farm Products, Vegetable Gardening, Orchard, Apiarian Department, Golden Age Needlework, Needlework, Quilts, Quilts-Novice, Minnesota themed Quilts, Sr. Citizen 70 & older quilts, Canning, Baked Products, Woodworking, Flowers, and Homemade Wines & Beer. There were impressive entries in every division making judging a difficult task.

Ashley Williams, age 12, was very happy to receive a Blue Ribbon for her Oriental Roller pigeon. Courtney Greiner, age 17, of Hancock, Minn. and Hope Morrison, age 17, of Fillmore County, were also busy getting ready for the Dairy Judging. Once the signal was given, each participant entered the ring and formed a single line to show his or her livestock. In the same building the Swine Judging was also taking place. Viewers could see the judges’ faces examining each entry to choose the top place finishers.

Tuesday evening was also Church Worship Night. A small but enthusiastic group of people enjoyed the service and sang many favorite songs including “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” and several others. Everyone in attendance joined in to make beautiful music together.

Additional 4-H activities continued on Wednesday including Horse Training, Swine Show, Horse Trail & Game Show, Open Class Judging and a Sheep Show in the morning.

Wednesday afternoon was a favorite for families with Armband Hours from 1 - 5 p.m. ECFE was busy making crafts on Wednesday afternoon as well. The Awards Program took place Wednesday evening followed by the 4-H Live Auction.

The Grandstand belonged to 4-H on Wednesday evening with a Fashion Revue, the Friend of 4-H Award, and Hall of Fame Induction. Music by Doug Otto and the Get Aways began their show at 8:30 p.m. in the Grandstand. This is always a very fun night for the 4-H members to take a break from the hard work the fair brings each year.

A very interesting demonstration was being done by Regina Delarm, of Connecticut, who was making pottery at the fair. Regina travels around the country to fairs making and selling all types of pottery. Regina stated that she loves the history of clay and enjoys working with it to create many different items. Also putting on demonstrations was Roger Abrahamson, of Minneapolis, who is a bowl turner. Abrahamson stated the way he makes bowls is how it’s been done for about 4,000 years and seeing how the bowls are made is something many visitors had never seen before.

Food of every kind was available at the Fillmore County Fair. There were several 4-H Food Stands with a large variety of choices from chicken strips, hamburgers and french fries, to dessert. Working hard taking orders in the 4-H Food Concession Stand was Nicholas Fetterly, age 9, who is with the Challenging Workers 4-H Club. Other 4-H workers, who were working in the 4-H Food Wagon, were Kammry Broadwater, age 7, Kassidy Broadwater, age 11, with the Carimona Cruisers and Raegan Eickhoff, age 11, with the Challenging Workers. Many members worked at the various 4-H stands throughout the fair and worked hard to serve many hungry people.

The Fillmore County Pork Producers had pork burgers which are always a favorite. The Fillmore County Dairy Producers sold malts. Some of the workers selling malts were Alexis Williams, age 11, and Frederick Williams, age 9, of Mabel, Minn. Of course there were the typical fair favorites such as mini-donuts and corndogs, which many people must have before leaving the fair. There were many more types of food available for anyone wanting to sample as much food as possible during the fair.

The 2013 Fillmore County Fair was still in progress at the time this edition of the Fillmore County Journal went to press. More information on the fair will be featured in next week’s edition. Be sure to look in the upcoming edition for more fair news.

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