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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • After repeated frustrations, Yellow Medicine Co. Fair Board will forgo carnival for '14 county fair

  • After much discussion, the Yellow Medicine County Fair Board has decided not to have a carnival at the 2014 fair and spend the money instead on entertainment that may benefit more fairgoers.
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    After much discussion, the Yellow Medicine County Fair Board has decided not to have a carnival at the 2014 fair and spend the money instead on entertainment that may benefit more fairgoers.
    The board met December 10 in Clarkfield to make a decision on a carnival for the coming year. After spending $7,500 on a carnival that did not show up this past summer, the board began discussing not having a carnival at all. Only one carnival was inexpensive enough to be a possibility, but after finding out that the fair would have to be held the same weekend as the Lyon County fair, and the $10,000 price would be only for the rides left over after the Lyon County carnival was set up, the board decided to forego a carnival altogether.
    An extensive list of ideas was presented as alternatives to the carnival, and help is needed to carry them out. Local organizations will be sought to help out with food stands or games. Some of the larger ideas discussed included fire department water fights, old-time tractor clubs, shooting demonstrations or competitions, farm olympics, 4-H alumni day, and bean bag tournament. Anyone with ideas for events or wanting to help out can contact any of the fair board members.
    Without having to wait on available dates from a carnival, the board set the 2014 fair dates at July 24-26.
    A $250 donation was received from the Cattlemen's Association for the bleachers in the 4-H arena. The project will include laying concrete under the bleachers and moving them to the other side of the arena. This will require pulling up the arena fence and moving it, but when completed, the spectators will no longer have to enter the cattle area in order to get to the bleachers.
    The board is still seeking new members. Anyone interested in joining or learning more is invited to the annual Christmas party on Sunday, January 5, at 6:00 p.m. at PK Egans in Canby.

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