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Dodge County Free Fair returns for its 162 year

KASSON, Minn. (FOX 47) – It’s that time of year again, an annual and favorite summer pastime returned to Kasson Wednesday – the Dodge County Free Fair officially opened for business.

“Everybody is just always looking forward to the fair every year and it’s the one county event we have in this county,” Dodge County Fair Board President Marilyn Lermen said.

Fair food stand.In its 162nd year, the fair kicked off with a dedication. The Norerman Arena was presented in honor of Roger Noterman, who was a big supporter of the horse show program at the fair as well as a fair board member for many years.

From the rides to the games, fair goers didn’t waste any time.

“There’s plenty to see and plenty to do,” Lermen said.

New this year, the “Little Farmers Barn,” designed for young ones curious about agriculture.

“What a farmers barn might look like. We have flowers and vegetables and stuff planted out there. Activities for Dodge County fair goers.the kids and a cow to milk,” Lermen continued.

But while some come for the animals, others come for the tradition.

“You come from small towns and stuff,” Rochester native Anna Burns said. “It’s something to bring people together and have a good time.”

And the fan favorite, the food.

“They got big foot long corn dogs. I like the gyros. It’s always nice to see if they got new places.”

The fair grounds will be bustling with activity all weekend long, wrapping up Sunday, July 21.

Beret Leone

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