As always, residents from all over west central Minnesota will descend on the state fairgounds this year, showcasing all sorts of crafts, talents and prized animals.
More than 80 Kandiyohi County 4-Hers will make their way to the fair, bringing in livestock, poultry and handmade projects. Their work will be displayed at the 4-H building, known as the "4-H Hilton" to members who stay in the top floor dorms for three days of the fair.
This will be 4-H'er Brooke Roeloff's fifth annual trip to the fair presenting her handmade quilts. The 15-year-old resident of Raymond will bring the quilt that won grand champion at this year's Kandiyohi County Fair.
Two young women, Emily Schueler of Raymond and Bethany Urban of rural New London, will have their likenesses carved in butter during the fair. The two were among the 12 finalists to become Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Elizabeth Olson of Hutchinson was selected as the 56th Princess Kay in a ceremony at the fair on Wednesday.
Finalists from the Kandiyohi County Fair talent contest will be performing at the Baldwin Park Stage throughout the course of the fair. On Sunday at 7 p.m., Becoming Fluke, a vocal instrumental ensemble made up of current and former Willmar High School students, will perform "Down to the River to Pray." In the pre-teen division on Friday at 7 p.m., Carly Hulstein, 10, of Willmar, will perform the song "Maybe" from the play "Annie."
Out of the 35 pieces of art selected in the drawing and pastel category to be exhibited at the state fair, two were produced by artists from Willmar. The pieces, "Judson Jam" by Joanna Meierhofer and "Untethered" by West Central Tribune photographer Ron Adams, will on display at the Fine Arts Building on the fairgrounds. A total of 1,367 pieces were submitted and 382 were accepted in eight categories; the 35 drawing and pastel pieces were selected from 163 entries.