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Get ready! The county fair is a go!

Fair board making plans for the 2021 ‘gathering under the oaks’

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 28, 2021

Mark your calendars for July 28-31, for the return of the Faribault County Fair after a one year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be Faribault County’s 160th county fair.

“All the counties in the State are currently going forward with their plans for having fairs this year,” Faribault County Fair secretary Robin Stenzel says. “We have to prepare and plan like it is going to happen.”

And this year’s “Giant Gathering Under The Oaks” could be better than ever.

“We are being allowed to use grant money from last year and combine it with the grant money we received this year to help make the fair even better,” Stenzel comments.

According to Stenzel, grandstand entertainment will include a tractor pull and a rodeo.

“We will also have music entertainment. Jason Pritchard, a singer/songwriter from Nashville and Ian Flanigan, who recently placed third on NBC’s The Voice, will both be here,” Stenzel says. “And of course, we will also have a demolition derby.”

There will also be more entertainment happening throughout the four-day run of the fair.

“We have a magician, a puppeteer and a balloon lady coming to the fair,” Stenzel offers. “They will be out roaming the fairgrounds and provide entertainment for people of all ages.”

But, the fair board is still in need of help to get ready for this year’s event.

“We are looking for somebody who would be willing to help organize the open class events,” Stenzel says. “We have people who have volunteered to help but we are looking for a leader, someone who would work with the board. We do not want to overwhelm anybody but we do need some help.”

Stenzel says there will also be some action and entertainment at the fairgrounds the night before the fair opens its gates.

“Go-kart racing is returning to Blue Earth and races are scheduled for July 27, the night before the fair opens,” Stenzel shares. “It will be a nice way to kick off this year’s Faribault County Fair.”

She says anyone willing to help with the fair, whether with the open class or in other ways, can get in touch with any of the board members or contact her through the fair’s Facebook page or their website.

This years fair board officers are Marlin Prange, president; Joe Stevermer, vice president; Rob Tvedten, second vice president; Robin Stenzel, secretary. Other members of the board are Milton Steele, Daryl Murray, Marlin Krupp, Milo Goltz, Justin Dahl and David Murray.

More information will be included in the Faribault County Register as time for the fair approaches.