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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Midway at YMC Fair will be active again this year

  • The midway at the Yellow Medicine County Fair is going to be full of fun for the first time in three years.
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    The midway at the Yellow Medicine County Fair is going to be full of fun for the first time in three years.
    Rather than pay thousands of dollars for another carnival that may not show up come fair time, the fair board made the difficult decision to go a different route this year for the 125th fair and seek out local organizations to run games on the midway.
    As the months went by, little interest was shown, and it was looking like the fair would have a bare midway once again. Then, two local daycare providers stepped up in a big way to do something about it.
    Jill Winters and Holly Hoffman, both of Canby, will be supplying an assortment of activities for children at the fair.
    Winters shared the sentiment of the fair board in deciding against a carnival. “I have honestly said in the past, ‘The fair just needs to be done with the midway and just have local people run some games, start all over and build it back up.’”
    What started out as one game has grown into six to make up for the lack of participation. “I thought that lots of people would contribute, but that wasn’t the case,” Winters said. She will be running a duck pond, dice game, bucket toss, lucky key, sucker pull, and quarter drop.
    Hoffman also saw the importance of keeping the fair active. “The children of this surrounding area and even us adults need to make memories at the fair like we used to when we were younger.”
    She is planning the “Tun o’ Fun” tent. There will be a mini maze with stations inside the maze, tattoos, jungle gyms, an obstacle course, and a train ride. Children will receive a goodie bag at the end of their journey. “We want fun, exciting and engaging games and activities for the children to do,” she said.
    Games will start at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and noon on Saturday and will run until 9:00 p.m. or so each night depending on the crowds.
    Winters’ games will be pay per play, and Hoffman will take donations for the maze and activities. “We are making this a free will donation but would like all to know that the profits will be going back into they daycare field to further encourage growing minds in our young generation,” she said. “We are also hoping to give back for the county fair for next year as there is still hope for a great fair in the near future!”
    Winters echoes that thought. “I am hoping that this year’s fair is different and it brings people back out to enjoy the fair, have some fun with their kids and maybe, just maybe, even get involved with it next year. Think of what the YMC Fair could be if a handful of people or groups would have a game or two at the fair; in time, it is only going to grow.”

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