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.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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