Fair play at the Anoka County Fair

The annual Anoka County Fair wrapped up Sunday evening. Overhead, a crisp cool wind whipped up blue skies and seemed to signal, “summer’s over – autumn has arrived.”

Lauren Knotz leads her llama through the obstacle course during Sunday’s Anoka County Fair 4-H livestock show. Photos by Sue Austreng
Lauren Knotz leads her llama through the obstacle course during Sunday’s Anoka County Fair 4-H livestock show. Photos by Sue Austreng

But have no fear, fair lovers, organizers have already begun to plan next year’s festivities. In fact, as this edition of the Anoka County Shopper went to press, only 355 days remained before the 2015 Anoka County Fair kicks off.

Some of the littlest fair-goers took in the fair on all fours, racing to the finish line in the Diaper Derby or kneeling down to feed baby goats, hold kittens or pat the sheep in the Petting Zoo.

Of course, folks of all ages enjoyed the thrills and spills of the Ferris Wheel, the Kamikaze and the Tilt-a-Wheel at the midway, and motocross, bull riding, mutton bustin,’ and demolition derby in the Grandstand.

Over at the Bandshell GB Leighton, Skitzo Fonik and Sherwin Linton were among favorite attractions entertaining the crowds gathered there.

The 2014 Anoka County Fair was fun for all – watch for news of the 2015 festivities – why, it’s just 355 days away from July 29.

A lucky little goat gets a handful of feed from Dominik Crow, 7, when the little boy and his family stopped in the Old Farm Place barn Sunday morning. Little Caleb Kruger takes a spin around the track when daddy took him to the midway during their Sunday afternoon visit to the Anoka County Fair. A boatful of captives ride the waves when the Pirates Revenge bobs back and forth on the Gopher State Expositions midway ride. Anoka County Fair grandstand shows ended with a bang as hundreds witnessed and cheered the Sunday afternoon demolition derby. Lester Ziegler, Blaine, uses a homemade butter churn inside the Old Farm Place kitchen. Avery and Addison Hemmer and Ashlyn Timm take a turn on toy tractors during their Sunday visit to the Anoka County Fair. When showers blew in Sunday morning, Lauren Weber, 11, and Rachel Smith, 11, ducked inside the 4-H building and got a good look at a collection of award-winning 4-H projects. Firefighters Kieran Gallagher, Lexington Fire Department, and Jennifer McDonough, St. Francis Fire Department, outfit Riley Ramsey and Taylor Spanier with gear for a photo op inside the Minnesota Fire Hire booth. Blacksmith Brett Henkemeyer is framed inside a giant iron triangle, a keepsake which hangs in memory of its maker, the late Bob Schwappauch, near the forge inside the Anoka County Fair blacksmith shop. Mitchell Marionettes perform on a handcrafted houseboat and entertain the crowd with puppetry and ventriloquism.
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Firefighters Kieran Gallagher, Lexington Fire Department, and Jennifer McDonough, St. Francis Fire Department, outfit Riley Ramsey and Taylor Spanier with gear for a photo op inside the Minnesota Fire Hire booth.

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