Floodwaters inundated the Arlington fair grounds in March, but thanks to the determination of the The Washington County Fair Board and hours and hours of hard work by more than 100 volunteers, the Washington County Fair was held as scheduled July 26-31.
I enjoy everything about the fair, but the most memorable event for me this year was the livestock auction. In addition to raisng more than $68,000 for kids who participated in livestock competitions, bidders and contributors also generously raised another $9,000 to help the grandson of longtime Arlington farm-family Terry and Betty Rasmussen who has leukemia.
From left, Alexis Warner, Charile Hoier, and Kate Hoefker show their division champion hogs in the Market Hog in the final Grand Champion competition. WC Fair Tuesday
Cyclists wind along County Road 15 bordered by cornfields on the annual bike ride from Bennington to the fair Sunday morning.
Charley Hoier shows her market hog for resale as Gary Lambrecht takes bids.
Hanna Gross shows her market sheep at the WCF Livestock Auction.
Mid-March flooding inundated the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Luke Mathiesen shows commercial heifer in the Beef Show Monday.
Tyler Farr with guitarist Gary Jannaman perform Friday night in the Washington County Fair arena Friday night.
Front to back: Gary Lambrecht and Matt Mathiesen take bids while Brody Wilkins shows his hog during the Wahington County Fair livestock auction Wednesday.
Judge Jim Gibson congratulates Laney Hoier on showing the Grand Champion Market Hog in the WC Fair Hog Show Tuesday.
From left Jayden Henton, Bryan Camenzind, and Walker Behnken show hogs in Round Robin competition.
Flooded Wahington County Fair livestock buildings.
Sun flower entry awaits judging in the open competition Saturday.
Tyler Thompson shows his market steer at the WCF Livestock Auction Wednesday.
Brock Lauritsen competes in the Sammental division in the Beef Show Monday.
4-H Competitors competitors await the judges evaluation during the Standard Hen competition Saturday.
Ellie Ortmeier competes in the Beef Show competition at the Washington County Fair Monday.
Following the re-sale of Charley Hoier’s market hog, Jeff Warren takes donations in hundred dollar increments.
Royce Kempnich and Hannah Opfer judge Clover Kids entries in the 4H competition Saturday.
Sawyer Tjardes shows his companion gecko, Radar, at the Cat and companion animal show on Tuesday. WC Fair Tuesday