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A good time for a fair

A volunteer moves a newborn calf for children to pet at the FFA Kiddie Barnyard, a popular destination Wednesday during the fair’s Daycare and Senior Citizen Day. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)1 / 3
A cow pokes its head out of a livestock building Wednesday morning just as the sun breaks through the cloud cover. After a chilly start, the day warmed to near 70 degrees with plenty of sunshine. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)2 / 3
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CANNON FALLS — The morning started off chilly Wednesday at the Cannon Valley Fair, with clouds and a brisk wind blowing through the grounds.

But as temperatures climbed into the upper-60s and the sun started to come out, so too did the crowds — including scores of children for the fair’s Daycare and Senior Citizen Day.

The sound of goats, cows and other livestock could be heard coming from the 4-H and FFA shows and Kiddie Barnyard. Children got an up-close look at the animals as they shuffled through exhibit buildings.

A group of more than a dozen children and chaperones from Kari’s Daycare in Red Wing spent part of morning petting a newborn Brown Swiss calf at the Kiddie Barnyard.

Child care owner Kari Sandstrom said the children enjoyed seeing the various animals, especially a kangaroo at the nearby Cock-a-Doodle Zoo tent.

Meanwhile other children, proud smiles on their faces, posed for photos with their winning livestock entries outside the 4-H and FFA poultry and rabbit show.

Angie Anderson of Cannon Falls was out for a walk with her two young daughters Wednesday when she said they happened upon the fair.

“It was a fun, spontaneous trip,” she said, pushing a doublewide stroller through the cow building. Though they didn’t make plans to attend the fair as they had in past years, Anderson said the opportunity was too great to pass up.

The Cannon Valley Fair, one of two fairs in Goodhue County this summer, ran July 1-4 in Cannon Falls.

This week marked the 99th anniversary of the fair which opened for the first time in 1915. Special centennial celebrations are being planned for 2015, including a commemorative logo that will be chosen through a contest held this year.

Summer fair season continues next month with the Goodhue County Fair Aug. 5-10 in Zumbrota and the Pierce County Fair Aug. 7-10 in Ellsworth.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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