The 2014 Winona County Fair (WCF) is set to be a throwback, of sorts. For its 156th year, the WCF will introduce the Rural Heritage Museum, a collaboration with the Winona County Historical Society that aims to give people a first-hand experience of what it would have been like to live in rural Winona County nearly a century ago.
Photo by Cynthya Porter
. A 4-H livestock participant shows his sheep at the Winona County Fair.
“It’s going to be really cool,” WCF Board President Cindy Timms said of the little makeshift village, which will be located on the fairgrounds in St. Charles. Fairgoers will be able to explore a log barn and cabin and the Little Red Schoolhouse, an authentic schoolhouse from St. Charles that was originally called the Gainey School. Along with learning about the buildings and history of rural Winona County, people will also have the chance to participate in activities and watch demonstrations. “We’re going to be having quilting and sewing demonstrations,” explained Timms. “I think it will be a lot of fun.”
Another exciting addition to the WCF this year will be the Legacy Grant Events, named for the funding program that awarded grants to county fairs throughout the state of Minnesota. “All county fairs are eligible for $10,000 to use for cultural, educational or historical [purposes],” Timms explained. “This year we are going to have Dr. Dusty’s Old Time Medicine Show, in addition to shoemaking, broom-making, cloth printing and the Faire Wynds Entertainment show, which will be a period circus act.”
For fairgoers looking for their favorite classic attractions, Timms said not to worry. “We’ll still have the old favorites like the grandstand [events] and the 4-H exhibits,” she explained.
The WFC will also bring back outstanding senior citizens, century farm recognition, old time barn dances, the beverage tent, fun music events and fair competitions, including the strawberry jam contest, the M&M cookie contest and the ugliest (edible) cake contest.
“We’re calling it ‘the best five days of summer,’” Timms said. “The great thing about the fair is that there is something for everybody who comes.”
For more information on the fair, please see pages 4aa and 5aa in Sunday's edition, or visit http://www.winonacountyfair.com/.