It’s very clear that Minnesotans are hungry to get back to county fair traditions.
Kirk Peysar looked out with glee at the long lines of Aitkin County Fairgoers waiting to buy malts and cheese curds earlier this month — a sight that all but vanished last summer amid the pandemic.
“You could just tell that people were longing to be part of a crowd,” he said.
Peysar is an organizer of the Aitkin County Fair. He said he was pleased with the turnout at this month’s fair — a larger crowd than usual.
“It’s just kind of that reassurance or that sign that, you know, people value fairs,” he said, “and they really turned out in support at the fair and we are thankful for that.”
This past weekend saw fairs from Dodge and Waseca counties in the south to Lake of the Woods County in the north.
Coming up this week: More than half a dozen other county fairs including in Blue Earth, Wright, Chisago and Otter Tail.
And the Rice County Fair, too, in Faribault, where