Knute Nelson resident creates miniature county fair

She hopes it puts a smile on peoples' faces.

Because the Douglas County Fair was canceled this year due to COVID-19, Evelyn Peterson, a resident of a Knute Nelson facility, created this miniature fair in hopes of putting smiles on peoples' faces. (Contributed)

COVID-19 has caused a lot of events to be canceled this year, including the Douglas County Fair, which would have been opened next Wednesday.

To help put smiles back on peoples’ faces, a resident at a Knute Nelson facility recreated a miniature fair – complete with a couple of ferris wheels, a schoolhouse and barnyard animals.

Evelyn Peterson said it’s one of her favorite craft projects she’s made.

According to Laura Kremer, Knute Nelson, life enhancement coordinator, some of the items were handmade out of recycled milk containers and duct tape.

And, Kremer said, that Peterson is already thinking about a scene she can make for September.


Peterson said she likes to make something for each month or at least each season.

She starts with a cookie sheet and builds whatever she plans on making right on the sheet as it makes it easier to move and for storage.

For the fair scene, she used duct tape to hold down the animals. Some of which, she said, came from inside a Cracker Jack box from way back. Others she collected over the years.

One of the ferris wheels came from a friend of hers who knew she was looking for one.

At times, Peterson has to get creative when putting together her scenes. She uses whatever she can find around her apartment and ended up using an earring that was in the shape of a bell for the bell of the schoolhouse on her fair project.

She said she’s made fall scenes with pumpkins, Thanksgiving-themed ones with turkeys and a Christmas one that had “the cutest little church.”

Before the fair one, Peterson said she made one that represented northern Minnesota complete with bears, deer and a moose.

She likes to make the miniature scenes as it’s a way to keep herself busy. And she hope it’s puts a smile on someone’s face.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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