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See you at the fair!

4-H starts, schedule of fair highlights included


August 16, 2019

Photo contributed by the Carlton County Historical Society

Larry Fuglestad, 13, and Larry Oswell, 12, of Black Hoof Valley (near Mahtowa) are both enjoying a ride on the Octopus at the Carlton County Fair in the early 1960s.

It's fair time!

With the official start of the 129th annual Carlton County Fair only a couple days away, on Tuesday the 4-H students were showing off their projects in hopes of impressing the judges enough to earn a spot down at the Minnesota State Fair.

Each project eventually goes before a panel of judges who interviews the child and rank each project. The judge's job isn't easy, as each project must be checked and graded based on factors such as quality and the interview. The judges must assess the kid's devotion to the project through the interview and reflect on the project's unique style. Then, they must decide on which of the projects will represent Carlton County down at the State Fair.

Tuesday's judging that took place on Tuesday only covered the static projects, or non livestock projects. The cows, pigs, poultry and such were brought in starting Wednesday.


The Carlton County Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Carlton County Fairgrounds in Barnum. Entry fees are $7 at the gate for people 13 and older, $3 for under 12, and free for children under 5 years old.

A brief schedule of events follows:


• Jeremy Lepak

the Ventriloquist - noon and 2 p.m.

• Craig James in the Pavilion - 3 p.m.

• Tractor pull in the Grandstand - 6 p.m.

• Kris Kroeze from NBC's "The Voice" in the Pavilion - 7 p.m.


Gate opens 8 a.m.

• Chmielewski Funtime Band - 10 a.m. and noon

• Outstanding Senior Citizen and Century Farm Awards - noon

• College demos and activities with the Fond Du Lac Tribal Community College - 1-3 p.m.

• Pedal tractor pull for boys and girls ages 4-11 - 2:30 p.m. (Registration at 1:30 p.m. by the red schoolhouse)

• Oval races in the Grandstand - 6 p.m.

• Crescent Moon under the Pavilion 6 p.m.

• Wristband Day on the Midway 6-10 p.m.


Gate opens 7 a.m.

• Moose Lake Area Community Band/The Fritters will be roaming the grounds 10 a.m.

• Wristband Day on the Midway 12-4 p.m.

• The Langertsons in the Pavilion 12 p.m.

• Horse races in the Grandstand 1:30 p.m.

• Meg Lyndsee from "The Voice" and Ty under the Pavilion 5 p.m.

• Demolition derby in the Grandstand 6:30 p.m.

• Wristband Day on the Midway 6-10 p.m.

• Fireworks after the Demolition Derby - at dark


Gate opens 9 a.m.

• Nondenominational church service - 9:30 a.m.

• Draft horse exhibition in the arena/the Fritters will be roaming the grounds 11 a.m.

Jordan Allen

Braham Jordan presents his enormous cabbage and other vegetables at the 2019 Carlton County Fair.

• Mutton Bustin' in the front arena - noon, register at 11 a.m.

• Holy Hootenanners in the Pavilion - noon

• Wristband Day on the Midway - noon to 4 p.m.

• Horse races in the Grandstand - 1:30 p.m.

• Bantix in the Pavilion -

5 p.m.

• Figure 8 races in the Grandstand - 6 p.m.

For the full schedule and more information visit


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