Itasca County Fair Back for 126th Year

Ryan Juntti
Updated: August 15, 2018 10:52 PM

GRAND RAPIDS - It is fair season in the Northland and there are certainly plenty to attend. But how many can say they've been around for 125 years. That's the case for the Itasca County Fair, which kicked off it's 126th year on Wednesday.

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The fair started in 1892, and has been at it's current location since 1907. It is located right near Crystal Lake in Grand Rapids, and you could tell the community was happy to have it back.

Folks of all different ages came out to celebrate the first day of the fair. It features a variety of food items, games, activities, and rides. Horses and other animals were also brought in as part of the 4-H program.

President Melissa Johnson says there is something for everyone at the fair. She also says the location and the people are what make this fair different than others.

"Two things always stand out in my mind. I think it's the people and the location. We have some really really great people here and the location is just beautiful. You're surrounded. You've got all these pine trees, we're right next to the lake, we're in the city limits, it's so convenient and it's beautiful," said Johnson.

Every day at the fair from noon to 5:00, folks can purchase an armband for $25 that gives them access to unlimited rides.

Parking is $8 per day, or you can buy a pass for $20.

The fair will last till Sunday. 


Ryan Juntti

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