Carlton County Fair Continuing to Create Fun

Created: August 10, 2018 07:55 AM

Fair season is in full swing in the northland. St. Louis, Koochiching, and Bayfield Counties all have theirs this weekend. Next weekend, Carlton County will take their turn. This is the 128th running of the fair, which is set to be held once again at the fairgrounds in Barnum. 

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Organizer Allysha Sample says a new addition this year that might excited fair-goers is an agriculture education building.

"It'll give kids a chance to come in and milk a cow...dig in some corn, just learn about agriculture," she says.

This year's fair is labeled as "Best.Fair.Ever.2018." Sample says part of the reason for this name is that many who attend say it's like a big family reunion. She explains around 40,000 people come through the gates each year.

One event that sets them apart from every other county fair in Minnesota is horse racing. The fair has been holding this event for the past 126 years. Races run Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 at the grandstand.

The fair runs Aug. 16 - 19. Tickets are $7 at the gate, $3 for kids 12 and under, and admission is free for anyone under 5.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

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