Olmsted County Fair 1923 program

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1923 Olmsted county fair programFound this going through some boxes. Piece of Olmsted County Fair memorabilia that probably dates to my grandfathers time. Pretty cool. 20th Annual fair in 1923. Ads for the Kahler hotel with room rates $2-$6 dollars per day or $4,00 to $8.00 per day with meals. Ad for the case motor company and the Homestead stock farm of Stewartville, MN. “hereford cattle” H.W. Wood, owner. Its a┬ástapled book so I can’t open it and lay it flat on the scanner without damaging it. So I can’t scan the ads.

Posted on July 25th 2015 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

Work at Graham Park

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Lots going on out at Graham Park. The Olmsted county fairboard and Olmsted county parks have ponied up some money to continue improvments on Building 31 (aka floral hall). They will be replacing floor joists in the upstairs that will enable the upstairs to be used again for events. Also the county has the money required and has bids for replacing the windows. Notice in the picture the flashing placed over the eaves of the building. That prevents water from running down into cracks in the limestone where it freezes and damages the limestone.

Also county park and highway staff put in curb cuts and small drainage basins in the area between the beer garden and building 42. This allows water to run off the parking lot into these small catch basins and infitrate back into the ground instead of ending up in the storm sewer system and dumped into the river. A small first step towards reducing runoff from the facility. Also grass will be seeded into the worked up areas and trees will be planted. Furthering the greening of graham park.

Posted on April 11th 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

FOGP February meeting

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Had a great meeting yesterday. We were briefed on some exciting activities going on surrounding building 31 on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. Improvments that will allow the balcony area in building 31 (Floral Hall) which has been closed for nigh on 2 decades to be open to the public once more. The Friends will help promote awareness of this project through social media and will highlight it during grahamfest on Saturday May 19th.

Posted on February 24th 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

FOGP

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Very productive and positive Friends of Graham Park meeting today. Changed the by-laws slightly including a new vision statement “A park, built on our heritage, open to all”. Approved the 2012 budget and had some very open discussion. The Olmsted County Fair board president participated and even seconded motions and voted. Hopefully the Olmsted County Ag Association will become a cooperative member of the larger community.

Posted on January 26th 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

2011 State Fair

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greg and rabbitGreg hanging out at the Rabbit Project information table at the Minesota State Fair. 4-H members allow passerbys to pet their rabbits and answer questions about the care and raising of rabbits. A super outreach project!!

Posted on January 23rd 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

Not being told a consistent story

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So at the 2011 Annual meeting of the Olmsted County Ag Association we were told that Olmsted county was charging $200 more per year to hold the fair at Graham Park. Then at a Olmsted County Parks commission meeting I learned that the Ag Association had offered $200 more per year. There is a difference between charged and offered. Which is it?

Posted on January 23rd 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park