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Hi ho, hi ho, it is time for the fair! What will you find there? People, of course, many you might only see only that one time of the year. It is great seeing everyone.

There are a lot of different displays to see. The women always look forward to seeing all the craft and sewing type items that are entered so they can compare their abilities to others, as well as get new ideas. And we can’t forget all the flowers on display.

The men always enjoy visiting machinery hill, as well as seeing the great collection of cars, trucks and vans, both old and new, as well as the mobile homes, RVs, boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, chain saws and such. 

The fair also has a great collection of different kinds of animals to see in the barns and out buildings. And people are able to see an assortment of agricultural-type items from garden greats to seed and grains, to the dairy building and butter sculptures, as well as antiques and reminders of yesteryear.

There will also be an assortment of demonstrations to take in, entertainment and side shows to enjoy. It is enjoyable hearing the “big bands” that take part in the fair circuit each year. And we can’t forget all the carnival rides and seeing all the excitement on the children’s faces, especially on “children’s day,” when they see the big merry-go-round, the roller coaster, the bumper cars, and can enjoy the pony rides.

Years ago the fair was probably about the only time that you were able to enjoy playing Bingo, which is no longer true. And the same is true for cotton candy and snow cones.

Speaking of food, some people just go to enjoy all the fair food – gastronomical delight! Others shy away, not caring if there are delicacies that have fair flavor or odor. There always seems to be something for everyone.

My mother can remember when “Pronto Pops” first came to the State Fair. They were an instant hit, and still are. Back then they probably were 20 cents. It seems that everyone has one thing in particular that they just have to have when they are “at the fair.”

If this were a few (I guess I should say, quite a few) years ago I wouldn’t be spending time writing a column for the Star Eagle. Instead I would be busy finishing my 4-H projects. I would be making cookies, sewing something, finishing up a craft or conservation project, as well as making plans for the yearly 4-H booth.

I can feel for the kids today doing all those things. Those “pre-fair” days were busy, hectic and sometimes a bit frustrating, but definitely some of the best years of our lives. There was a variety of things that had to be tended to. Like I said, I would be making cookies that had to be just the right shade of brown top and bottom.

I didn’t live on a farm, and as a result I didn’t have animals that I needed to get ready. But those who did had to make sure that they were nice and clean, including washing between their toes and that everything that needed clipping had been taken care of.

My mother used to show sheep at the fair and she can remember how they had to get them clipped like being taken to a beauty parlor.

Prior to the fair, the 4-H kids had been taking their calves, horses, lambs and goats and such for their daily walks and training them to stand in anticipation of the judges’ determinations.

I can appreciate the efforts of the kids who are exhibiting their best, which also included cleaning out the stalls for their four-legged friends.

Animals get nervous just like people, especially when they are in strange surroundings and people and I suspect a knowledge of their handlers’ nerves.

Pigs can be docile or downright ornery. It takes time and patience to have them go this way when they want to go that way.

What special memories do you have of the fair? I hope that some of mine have helped you think back to some of your experiences about going to the fair. I also hope that you will be able to enjoy some time this summer at our area fairs. Great memories can be made.

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Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

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Birthdays and anniversaries include:

• Thursday, July 20th: Pam Muri, Paul Marcus, Wayne Sommers, Brad Eder, Richard Nelson, Cody McCartney, Elvern & Jeanne Holland, Cory & Colette Bauers, Mark & Teri Ravenhorst

• Friday, July 21st: Olivia Carol and Lauren Elizabeth Marlin, 2014; Julie Langlie, Riley Marzloff, Violet Elise Aronson, Lindsay Smith, Marilyn Sullivan, Trudy Abel Holm, Marcia DeVriendt, Randy Anderson, Michele Granowski Domeier, Mike Collins, Nicholas Miller, Micki Heimer, Ed & Nancy Ver Hey, Katie & Paul Troe, Mike & Amy Glienke

• Saturday, July 22nd: Carl Anderson, Warren Torgerson, Colleen Brekke, Jodie Hohansee Waalkens, Shari Crabtree, Jeff Olson, Joanie Ayers, Jesse Collins, Tyler Joshua Lair, Vicki & Kory Kress, Tara & Scott Peterson, Tara & Chad Cliff

• Sunday, July 23rd: Charlotte Joan Tuttle, Barb Kubat, Jackie Layland, Diane Broskoff, Jim Brown, Ron Kaiser, Kelly Pitcock, Carl Glienke Sr., Nathan & Michelle Jacobson, Brooke & Isaiah Lundberg, LuAnn & Keith Miller

• Sunday, July 24th: Marilyn Goslee Jurrens, Robert Carter Edwards, Katie May, Joy Peterson, Pat Schulz, Jeff Thompson, Phillip Briggs, Denise & Richard Olson, Trisha & Casey Johnson, Greg & Shari Lassahn

• Monday, July 25th: Sue Hill, Kari Janka Haried, Stan Mork, Ivy Oland, Ann Falksen, Rick Hagen, Cole Pospesel, Kristine & Jesse Routh

• Tuesday, July 26th: Jordyn Marie Wobschall, Kristine Broskoff Routh, Mark Bartness, Jane Osmundson, Amy Radke, Jean Smith, Jessica & Rob Arnold, and Scott & Cheryl Christensen

• Wednesday, July 27th: Gavin Eaker Steever, Ben Groth, Lori Dirksen, Nita Dooley, Mark Helmers, Nicki Spurr, Rick Spurr, Rhiannon Farr, Alison Underland, Dave Schulz, Kory Klecker, Lillian Rose Olson, Steve & Jinny Nielsen, Travis & Ashley Broskoff, Marguerite & Milton Nelson, Sara & Chris Felt

• Thursday July 28th: Breelyn Marcia Camerer, Mike Luhring, Kari Wayne, DeWayne Jensen, Dennis Jensen, Penny Jensen, Eric Lee, Christian Burnes, Donnie Turvold, Jim & Maryalice Hanson, George & Sue Stieglbauer, Gary & Emily Ayers, Melissa & Scott Michie, Ellie & Chad Schutrop

• Friday, July 29th: Randy Dokken, Doug Flugum, Candie Underland, Jennifer Huber, Dory Hunt, Jim Misgen, Brent Jepson, Lorrell Beaber, Todd Wangen

Let your door open to every joy your special day can bring.

There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know.  Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.

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