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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Watonwan County Fair begins next week

  • The Watonwan County fair is scheduled to take place July 17 through July 21, with plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
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  • The Watonwan County fair is scheduled to take place July 17 through July 21, with plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
    The 2013 fair comes on the eve of some major re-constructional plans for the Watonwan County fairgrounds.
    Fundraising has begun to overhaul all of the existing buildings at the fairgrounds starting with the main dairy barn which has stood on the grounds since 1927.
    The building was constructed new and cost about $4,000. In the county fair annual meeting following the construction of the barn, it was written, "The exhibits at the county fair were as a whole the largest in history, a new cattle barn was built on the fair grounds this year which was a needed improvement and added much to the cattle display."
    Also up first on the reconstruction wagon is the 4-H Club Building, which was originally constructed by 14 men for a total of $4,800. At that time, much of the project costs were covered by the federal government – who provided funds for all the labor and a portion of the materials used in the construction of the 4-H Building.
    In order to preserve these buildings today, the Dairy Barn Preservation Project has begun and is looking for donations from the community in order to maintain its historic value and to keep the buildings from falling apart.
    Anyone interested in helping on the project can make a donation with checks made payable to the Watonwan Agricultural Association at either the 4-H or Fair Offices.

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