This week is county fair week. Give or take a few years, we need to note the
132 years of the annual meeting. Each
year, an opportunity presents itself for county farmers and future farmer to
gather and share ideas for improved farming.
This gathering also gives them all an opportunity for bragging rights
for their own farming prowess.
An early fair exhibit in
Meadowvale, circa 1900
So, we need to look back at the first meeting of
county farmers at the fairs held in Meadowvale.
Starting in 1889, framers would meet for one day in November with the
harvest complete and time to explore new ideas and techniques.
Then, starting in 1915, the fair moved into Elk
River. First at a location near the
corner of today’s Jackson Street and Highway 10. Later, the fair site moved to land bordering
the Mississippi River. Finally, in 1957,
the fair located to the present site on Joplin Street on the western outskirts
of Elk River. The length of the fair
also continues to expand. From the one-day
event of 1889 to the four days in 2021, with so much to see, the fair exhibits
demand some time to take it all in.
|Post 1916 fairgrounds near the Mississippi River
Be sure to enjoy the Sherburne County Fair. Here is an opportunity to celebrate the
farming heritage that is so much a part of the character of Sherburne County.