Polk County Fair in Fertile makes a successful return in 2021

Times Report
Abby Behm and Athea Bingham, both from Fosston and both 8 years old, show off the pig noses they got from the Barrick Family Farms trailer at the Polk County Fair.

Buoyed by favorable weather and a desire to get out and about and see some people after being shut down for a year by the COVID-19 pandemic, Polk County Fair-goers came out in nice numbers in Fertile Wednesday through Sunday at the fairground.

As usual, kids and families checked out the animal barns, enjoyed entertainment, checked out big events at the grandstand, played games, and, of course, enjoyed fair food and beverages. Compared to previous years, there appeared to be fewer rides and games on the midway; the word on the ground was that there was a struggle to find enough carnival/fair staff, but the Times couldn't confirm that as of this writing.

Penny Halstad of Crookston takes a photo of her grandson, Braxton Hesse of Watertown, South Dakota, as he checks out the cow-milking display.
Visiting the rabbits in the new animal barns

The traditional parade through Fertile helped to wrap up fair festivities Sunday afternoon.

Neva Schaumburg of Elk River, Minnesota pets a horse with her grandmother.

See more at polkcountyfairfertilemn.com.

Kids make some fun discoveries while panning for gemstones and fossils at Poppy's Prospecting at the Polk County Fair.
Wyatt Schaumburg playfully teases a rooster.