PRIOR TO LAST FRIDAY, I’d never been to the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds, nor even to Garden City, the unincorporated community in which the fairgrounds is located. That would be south of Mankato, along the banks of the Watonwan River.
What a delightful place—like a step back in time.
Just look at these old-fashioned buildings and imagine the cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep trucked into this scenic spot for the annual showing of the best of the best.
Imagine 4-Hers clutching coveted ribbons.
Imagine the families and old folks, the neighbors and strangers mingling here to celebrate life in rural Minnesota.
Imagine the young lovers strolling the grounds.
My Aunt Marilyn remembers, more than 50 years ago, attending this fair on a weekday afternoon along with other Blue Earth County employees. “I suppose they don’t do that anymore,” she said.
I expect not, Marilyn.
Today, August 1, through Saturday, August 3, you can experience this grassroots fair when gates open at the Blue Earth County Fairgrounds/Shady Oaks Campground in Garden City just off U.S. Highway 169.
© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling