Lake County Fair returns to Two HarborsIf the Lake county Fair can’t come soon enough for you, you’ll have less waiting than usual. This year, the fair is being held Aug. 8-11 — several weeks earlier than usual for the county showcase that’s been going on since 1907.
By: Chaviely Dellinger, Lake County News Chronicle
If the Lake county Fair can’t come soon enough for you, you’ll have less waiting than usual. This year, the fair is being held Aug. 8-11 — several weeks earlier than usual for the county showcase that’s been going on since 1907.
“2013 is the 105th fair,” said Rachel Bailey, secretary manager of the Lake County Agricultural Society, explaining, if those numbers don’t quite add up, that it “was not held one year during a World War.”
The County Fair is a way to promote and foster the agricultural, industrial and artistic qualities and talents of the county through contests and judging, Bailey said. It also provides a time for community gathering and sharing.
The fair is tied closely with agriculture, and especially with the 4-H program.
“The Lake County Agricultural Society and 4-H have a long and important history and partnership,” Tracey Anderson, 4-H program coordinator, said. “It is a respectful partnership where the two organizations work together other in order to make the Lake County Fair a wonderful family-friendly event.”
“The fair provides an opportunity for youth to showcase what they have learned through the projects they have worked on throughout the year,” Anderson added. “It is not enough that the young person does the project or has the experience; It is just as important that they reflect on what they learned and apply it to their everyday lives.
“Youth also benefit by taking part in conference judging at the fair. The youth get to hone their interviewing and communication skills as they share what they did, why and how they did it, and what they learned. The judge asks inquiring questions which get the young person to reflect on their experience. What did they learn? How will they use what they learned in other life situations?”
Opportunities to exhibit animals and participate in contests are valuable learning tools for the kids in 4-H. The fair will include projects and exhibits of a variety of animals, including rabbits and baby calves.
“I have a deep love and passion for the County Fair, it has always been a part of my life,” Bailey said. “I went to every Lake County Fair held as a child. My involvement and experiences started with exhibiting projects and livestock in 4-H and grew from there. The fair is a great event to spend quality time with your family and friends. There is something different to do and watch everyday for everyone of all ages.”
Daily events of the fair include tractor displays, vendors of various sorts, prize drawings and more. Each day of the fair features a variety of activities that anyone can enjoy. Additional information and a complete schedule of the Lake County fair can be found at http://www.thelakecountyfair.com/.