It’s county fair season in Minnesota, the time of year when some counties try so hard to keep something going that might’ve seen its best day.
Via Twitter, county fair experts tell me, however, that the Steele County Fair in Owatonna ranks as an exception. We’ll see. It opens tomorrow.
Each fair has its strong suit and distinctive charm, and we’ll hold onto it as long as we can.
Like the pig races in Carver County.
The pony costume competition in Cass County.
The tractor pull in Scott County.
And the demolition derby in just about every county, although this view comes from Fillmore County.
All the venues seemed to lack a key ingredient: people to watch it.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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