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St. Louis County Fair Celebrates 130 Years

Updated: 08/06/2014 10:47 PM
Created: 08/06/2014 9:43 PM WDIO.com
By: Julie Kruse
jkruse@wdio.com

They're calling it the five best days of summer, and it kicked off Wednesday afternoon in Chisholm. The North St. Louis County Fair is back to celebrate its 130th anniversary.

The Fair's Secretary manager, Bettie Valley, has been with the fair for 22 years. She said this year is unique because the fair is two weeks later than normal, and that means less competition with other fairs.

"We're expecting to see a lot of people that maybe haven't been here for a long time because of the other events they were going too," said Valley.

A lot of people go to the fair for the food and the excitement of the rides; however, Valley said it's the agricultural attractions that are the heart of county fairs.

"That's what separates fairs from any other festival," said Valley. "A lot of people think the fair is the midway and the rides, but it's not. It's the agriculture, the animals, the crops, the horses the home goods and those types of things."

The fair runs until Sunday. For more information, visit their website.

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