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Blue Earth County Fair May Move to Mankato

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Over the last decade, attendance at the Blue Earth County fair has been plummeting.
Causing the Fair's board members to fear the possibility of losing the 154-year-old county festival.

 In order to save the fair, board members are urging the community to voice their opinions as the fate of the fair lies in the hands of its shareholders.
All is quiet at 340 Fairground Street in Garden City as it's the off-season for both camping and the annual Blue Earth County fair.

But even during the fair, numbers have been off.
President of the Blue Earth county fair board, Kelly Marks says, "The numbers have gone way down in the last few years and I truly believe that as people come to the fair and they see there's not a lot of people there, the next year they don't come back and each year it's getting to be less and less people."

Last year's attendance barely topped five thousand. That's not enough to run a county wide fair.

Marks says,  "In Minnesota we have the least amount of attendance and we have one of the largest counties. So it tells me that it's time to do something different."

Fearing the end of an over 150-year old festival, board members suggest moving this midway to Mankato.

Marks says, "Because we can't get any less attendance and still be able to afford to put on a show, so it's kind of like, move it or die, and I don't want it to die. I want it to grow and I want it to be something that the county can be proud of. And right now I don't think anybody really is."

That's why board members are asking the community to become shareholders to save the fair.

Marks says, "What we really need is all of blue earth county's residents, business owners, to come out and have their voices heard. We want to give everyone the opportunity to buy a member share and have a say. Do we move the county fair, or don't we?"
For only five dollars you can become a shareholder and be eligible to cast your vote on the possible move January 9th at Bethany Lutheran College.

You do not have to be a Blue Earth county resident to be a member.

If you'd like to become a shareholder contact Kelly Marks by email at:

You can purchase a share at Buster's on Madison Avenue in Mankato on January 6th, 7th and 8th from 11 AM to 1 PM and from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Voting will take place at Bethany Lutheran College on January 9th at 6 PM.

Becoming a shareholder does not commit you to anything but does invite you to annual meetings and also be part of major decision in the future.