YMC Fair: Animals and Olympics

CANBY – The Yellow Medicine County Fair went on without a midway and amusement rides this year, but the fair board and community members made sure there was still plenty to do at the fair.

Local daycare providers set up carnival games for kids to play, area pastors participated in a dunk tank, and inflatable playhouses were set up for children to play in.

The inaugural Ag Olympics were Saturday afternoon as another new part of the fair. Contestants competed in a series of events, including seed spitting, hay bale stacking, a wheelbarrow race and riding a stick horse while balancing an egg on a spoon.

The last round ended with finalists Michael Peterson winning first place and Stu Frazeur taking home second place.

Later in the afternoon, area youth were invited to take part in an animal show.

Kids got a chance to show off their pets and answered questions about how they cared for their animals and what they did to get them ready for the fair.

Critters of all shapes and sizes – from kittens and dogs to calves and sheep – were shown off at the event. Ashlyn, 9, and Ember Rustand, 6, brought their Chihuahua mix, Macy, to the fair and even painted her nails for the event.

Taten Hoffman, 3, and his calf, Bart, who was taller than his handler, made it around the ring with the help of his dad. Jaylynn Lozinski braided her mini pony’s mane for the show.

Stacia Knuth emceed the event and said it was “something for the younger kids to do at the fair.” It also gives younger children the chance to experience the show ring and become familiar with talking to judges about their animals, she said.

Knuth said it’s good preparation for what the kids will experience in future fairs as part of 4-H shows.