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'Make lasting memories' at Lake County Fair Aug. 16-19

Competitors in the North Shore 4-H Club horse show warm up their horses during the 2017 Lake County Fair. (News-Chronicle file)1 / 2
The 2018 Lake County Fair will offer carnival rides, games and 4-H shows. (News-Chronicle file)2 / 2

The Lake County Fair, an event with more than a century of tradition, returns Aug. 16-19 to the fairgrounds in Two Harbors.

Rachel Bailey, one of the Fair organizers, said the 2018 Fair is a mix of annual favorites and a few attractions visitors haven't seen in several years.

Among the annual traditions are livestock judging and horse shows, an exhibition by the Renegade Riders Saddle Club and the 4-H competition Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Other annual favorites include the pie contest and watermelon eating contest. The mud run, where cars and trucks attempt to drive through mud and sand pits on the fairgrounds as fast as possible, also returns.

One attraction that haven't been at the Fair in a few years is Dian Pete Wagner's "Funny! Not Ugly!" caricature event. It will offer free caricature drawings Thursday and Friday, as well as a cartooning and drawing workshop Thursday at noon and Friday at 11 a.m.

On Thursday, Minnesota historian and photographer Doug Ohman will present "Bringing Minnesota History to Life," where he will use his photos to highlight the state's history.

On Friday and Saturday, internationally recognized balloon artist Mandana Moshrefzadeh will be making balloon animals and hats and host an on-stage demonstration.

Musician Paul Imholte will play string music around the fairgrounds Thursday and will perform on the commercial stage at 5 p.m.

Finally, local band Press Camp is scheduled to headline the fair's main stage Saturday evening. The four members include Two Harbors natives and current residents.

"They are working on some new material for the fair," Bailey said. "That's pretty exciting for us to have them working on some new stuff."

The Fair will also feature rides, games, prize drawings and food vendors throughout the weekend.

"The Lake County Fair is an annual event that has been around for 110 years," Bailey said. "It provides entertainment, family fun and a great way to make lasting memories."

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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