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Douglas County Fair begins four days of fun

It's Douglas County Fair time! Between the rides, games, animals, demolition derby, rodeo, exhibits and food, the fair is a summer event you won't want to miss! The fair started today, Thursday, August 14, and will run through Sunday, August 17 a...

Judgement day
Paige Gabrielson of Alexandria (right) talked to 4H judge Stephanie Rutten-Ramos about the apples she entered at the Douglas County Fair on Wednesday. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

It's Douglas County Fair time! 

Between the rides, games, animals, demolition derby, rodeo, exhibits and food, the fair is a summer event you won’t want to miss!

The fair started today, Thursday, August 14, and will run through Sunday, August 17 at the fairgrounds in Alexandria. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.

Along with its usual attractions, the Douglas County Fair will show off several new features this year.

Watch for the refurbished grandstand, an outdoor fine arts demonstration area, simulated tractor driving for kids, some different food vendors and all new entertainment at the stages.

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There will also be new events at the grandstand. This year, the stock car races and the tractor pull have been replaced by the Minnesota High School Rodeo and Motokazi dirt bike racing.

Dale Buchholz, secretary of the Douglas County Agricultural Association that organizes the fair, said these events were replaced in response to customer feedback.

“If there’s a complaint, it’s that there’s never anything new,” Buchholz said.

He added that there were requests for a rodeo, and since the stock car racing and tractor pull had been around for decades, the board decided it was time for some new events.

As always, Buchholz said they are hoping for good weather to keep attendance up.

“We expect 50,000 people to come to our fair and enjoy it,” he said.

The board’s goal isn’t to drastically increase the number of people coming to the fair, because that would stress parking facilities and fair features. Their main goal is to keep customers satisfied.

“We’re at a real comfortable size. Most people’s measure of success is whether you’re growing, but we have a different measure of success,” Buchholz said. “We want our customers to be happy and to have a safe fair.”

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Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and younger and 4-H and FFA exhibitors are admitted free. Season tickets are $15. Parking is free.

For more information, visit www.dcmnfair.com .

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