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Kossuth Co. Fair accents families, livestock

By Staff | Aug 12, 2011

Rebecca Kuester, 6, of Port Orange, Fla., makes sure the miniature horse she’s petting isn’t interested in taking a bite of her clothes at the Kossuth County Fair on Aug. 3.

ALGONA – It was a day of families and farm animals on Aug. 3 as the Kossuth County Fair continued on the right track.

Throughout the day, despite the heat, crowds filled the Kossuth County Fairgrounds and explored what the fair had to offer. That included a monster truck show, a free performance by singer Jake McVey and, making its debut this year, a treasure hunt in a sandbox containing 45 tons of sand.

Fair board member Sheri Dodds said the reason Aug. 3 was called Family Day at the fair is because they try to hold events that have prices reasonable enough for the whole family.

“We try to keep our grandstand prices low,” she said. “It’s $10 for an adult, $5 for a child, and $30 for a family pass.”

She added that the board tries “to make it an inexpensive family week in Algona,” with many events being either free or at a very low cost.

Matt Greiman, a judge for the Kossuth County Fair 4-H cattle pen show, examines steer that are entered in the competition.

“We have a big sandbox and a free watermelon feed,” she said.

Besides the family oriented events, there was a fashion show, a barbecue cook-off competition, and numerous 4-H and FFA competitions.

Bryant Eakins, 16, of Whittemore, was entered in a number of competitions in this year’s fair.

“I’m showing ducks, and I have non-livestock projects like photography,” he said. “I also built a fountain and a lamp.”

Lisa Kulow, an acquaintance of Eakins’, said she loves coming to the fair to look at his “exhibits, his photography and the 4-H and FFA events.”

She loves coming to the fair, she said, “other than it’s hot.”

As for the rest of the week, Dodds said there are plenty of other events to look forward to.

“(Tonight) we have a free pork loin supper, which is for anyone; we have free concerts, including Coyote Wild,” she said. “On Friday, we’re going to have a demolition derby.”

On Saturday there will be the Doocy Repair Kossuth County Fair Races, Dodds said, and Hall of Fame night means all military veterans can get into the races free with military ID.

Dodds said she likes to see how happy people are to attend the fair.

The Kossuth County Fair continues at the fairgrounds in Algona through Sunday.

Contact Peter Kaspari at (515) 573-2141 or pkaspari@messengernews.net.

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