Thursday, June 14, 2007

Summer Traditions--The Ramsey County Fair!

It was a tradition of summer. After the 4th, but before the state fair, a favorite event was to attend the Ramsey County Fair. Starting when we were12-years-old my friend, Roxanne and I would ride our 10-speeds two miles up 7th Avenue in North St. Paul to the Ramsey County Fairgrounds. We would chain our Schwinns to the Goodrich Golf Course fence and walk around to take in the sights and sounds of the fair. We rode the rides, ate corndogs and watched the 4-H variety show. Through junior and into senior high, we loved attending the county fair. Our favorite night was Thursday when the White Bear Avenue Parade coincided with the fair. We were there all five days, from the time it opened until it closed—or our curfew, as it was a great way to meet up with friends from school who did not live in our neighborhood.
Though times and friends have changed, the tradition of the Ramsey County fair continues. Now in its 94th year, the Ramsey County Fair will open its gates from July 11-15 for another fun filled event. The fairgrounds are located at the corner of White Bear Avenue and Frost Avenue in Maplewood. And best of all, entrance to the event is FREE! Parking is a reasonable $2.00.

Are you a Ramsey County resident who wants to be a part of this year’s fair?

Enter an exhibit! Young and old residents of Ramsey County are encouraged to showcase their talents. There is no entry free but there is a chance for participants to win ribbons and cash prizes. Catagories for competition include arts & crafts, flowers, clothing, home art and a variety of foods. A complete list of categories can be found in the exhibitor’s handbook available on the Ramsey County Fair website.

Activities and events at this years fair include:

  • Carnival rides

  • Petting zoo

  • Bingo

  • Food vendors

  • Live Music

  • Children’s Activities

  • Farmer of the Day

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