New events highlight this year’s Isanti County Fair

The Isanti County Fair is this weekend, and there are many new events to look for.

The fair, which runs July 23-27 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, will feature attractions such as The Enchanted Wagon, Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales, Theatre of Fools and Loony Lutherans, and a special presentation by photographer Doug Ohman about Minnesota history.

The Isanti County Agricultural Society presents the 137th annual Isanti County Fair July 23-27 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge.
The Isanti County Agricultural Society presents the 137th annual Isanti County Fair July 23-27 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge.

“We try to grow every year and bring new interest, so it’s not the same old thing every year,” said Lisa Angeski, Isanti County Fair board treasurer. “I hope people like the new things we’ve added.”


Here’s what to expect from the new events:

  • Enchanted Wagon: The wagon will be moving through the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. Children can pop magic bubbles, play with interactive features and check out a peep show.
  • Dragon Scales & Faerie Tales: A magical show filled with suspense, fairies and dragons. Children can listen to a story about a faerie queen and a majestic dragon.
  • Theatre of Fools: Founders Lloyd Brant and Rosie Cole bring their theatrics absurdities to Isanti with a clowny performance – red noses included.
  • Loony Lutherans: Learn how to eat like a Lutheran. The family-friendly show will combine music and comedy to teach healthy living.

These new events will be alongside traditional favorites, like the Cock-A-Doodle Zoo and trolley rides. Angeski loves seeing the excitement from the children.

“We all have that little kid inside us, and some of us are afraid to show it,” Angeski said. “Something comes up inside us at the fair that brings back the magic and the memories. It’s our time to be a kid again. We want to stir the pot and bring back those memories.”

The fair kicks off Wednesday with Veterans Day. There’s something special for veterans to look forward to this year, too. The Freedom Fest 2014 will have a car fitting for seniors who bought new cars. There will also be giveaways and the opportunity for veterans and veteran families to connect with one another.

Thursday is Senior Day, where seniors 62 and over receive $2 off gate admission. The Outstanding Senior Program begins at noon and will recognize Bill Friedland and Mae Lindberg who have dedicated their lives to volunteering. There will also be a cookie stacking contest at 4 p.m. in the open class exhibits building. There is also a 4-H swine show at 6 p.m.

Friday is Kids Day and will be filled with kids day activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. with prize drawings, and games and booths for the kids. On an average year, 1,200-2,000 children attend Kids Day. Kids can also test their strength during the pedal pull at 2 p.m. in the back fair area.

“There were so many people involved for kids day,” Angeski said. “There are too many things to list.”

Don’t miss the Beef Show Friday at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by AgStar. AgStar will present a $3,000 check to Isanti County Agricultural Society in order to build a protected demonstration area for their growing number of 4-H and open class exhibitors.

“It’s often a struggle for many county fair organizations to manage the upkeep of old fairground buildings,” explained John Monson, AgStar Fund board of trustees chair, in a news release. “AgStar is proud to support these update projects because we believe county fairs are vital to the agriculture community. It’s an honor to partner with these organizations and continue to see them prosper.”

The fun continues Saturday with a llama and alpaca show at 8 a.m., followed by a John Deere City Fair giveaway at 11 a.m. and a vegetable contest at noon. Several 4-H programs will be going on throughout the day.

Sunday is Family Day where it’s $2 off gate admission until noon for adults, and gate admission for kids is half-price. Dad can check out the classic car show, while the kiddos spend their energy at the carnival. Watch for the Neighberz Band at 1 p.m. and The Enchanted Wagon, which will be roaming around from 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. There’s also a free corn feed and toilet paper races. The Isanti County Fair Talent Contest will be held at 3 p.m.

“Family day is just what it says,” Angeski said. “It is a time for family to come out and enjoy each other at the fair.”

Regular gate admission is $5 per adult and $2 for ages 6-12. Five and under are free. For more information, call 763-689-2555 or visit