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Worth County Fair kicks off summer season in Northwood

June 22, 2014

By Colleen Harrison, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn.

June 22--NORTHWOOD -- The Worth County Fair took over Northwood this weekend.

The fair opened Tuesday, and wraps up Monday. Over the week there has been 4-H judging and shows, rides, games, truck pulls, live music and other contests, among other events.

Five nights of grandstand and shelter house shows started Wednesday with the CrossStrung bluegrass band, followed throughout the week by Malek's Fisherman Polka Band, Fantasy Truck Pullers, Matt's Family Jam show and a demolition derby.

A dedication for the Janice Hullinger statue took place Wednesday. It's the first statue to be placed in the fairgrounds. In 1954, Hullinger and her calf, Shorty, won the Grand Champion Junior Beef Award in the Junior Livestock Show at the International Livestock Expo in Chicago. Both Hullinger and Shorty were invited and appeared on CBS' "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. Statues representing all of the Worth County towns will be added to the fairgrounds in coming years.

For 10-year-old TeAnna Ausborn, the best thing about the fair is the time she gets to spend with her animals during the 4-H shows. Ausborn is a member of the Hartland Achievers 4-H Club, and this year was her and her family's second time showing at the fair. She brought her Katahdin lambs Big Ben, Frappe and Copper to show today.

"You get to learn how to bond with your animals," Ausborn said. She was at the fair with her parents, Larry and Kristy. "Mom knows everything about sheep, and Dad's the dairy cow hero," she said.

The Ausburns, who are from Bolan, Iowa, have been married 14 years, and Kristy said they've been raising sheep for just as long.

For Kim Johnson, the best thing about the Worth County Fair is that there are rides for her 5-year-old son, Isaiah, to go on.

"He's still too short for most typical rides, but they have some kids ones here. That's good," she said, as Isaiah rode a flying elephant ride nearby.

Isaiah's favorite attraction was the bouncy house, because he was able to do a backflip.

The Worth County Fair wraps up Monday with a 4H and FFA livestock ribbon auction at 6:30 p.m.

Fairgoers ride the Sizzler Friday at the Worth County Fair. -- Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Lylah Gunderson, 5, rides a pirate ride Friday at the Worth County Fair. -- Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

TeAnna Ausborn, 10, shows off one of her sheep, Frappe, Friday during the Worth County Fair. Ausborn is showing three of her lambs today as a part of the Hartland Achievers 4-H Club. -- Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Isaiah Johnson, 5, rides an elephant ride Friday at the Worth County Fair. -- Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Audience members get up on stage to sing and dance during Nick's Kids Show Friday at the Worth County Fair. -- Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune


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