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e 20 Enjoy the fair By Katelyn Asfeld, Ag writer With August right around the corner, county fair season begins. Fairs provide us with an opportu- nity to learn and relax before we begin another harvest and school year. The fair contains a pleth- ora of events, one could easily say "something for everyone." From carnival rides and games, tractor pulls, demo derbies, live music, and fun foods to the showing of prize livestock, garden vegeta- bles, art or handiwork, homemade goods and more. There is much to do at the fair. County fairs were first devel- oped in the United States in the early nineteenth century. Agri- cultural reformers in Northeast- ern U.S. and the Agricultural Soci- ety organized these small fairs to promote modern farming. Origi- nally, county fairs were developed as a way to educate and congre- gate farmers and the rural soci- ety. Fairs used this opportunity to show the newest farm equipment, Farm 6r the best of livestock breeds and crops; it provided valuable con- nections among farmers. Farm- ing clubs and organizations such as 4-H and FFA are able to advo- cate their organization and teach youth about agriculture. Young gifts and boys were encouraged to exhibit their arts and homemade products. New performers are introduced and farm businesses had the chance to advertise. The first state fair was in New York in 1841; Minnesota's first state fair was in 1859 (a year after becoming a state) in Minneapo- lis. The fair site changed annu- ally at this time, hosting cities include St. Paul, Rochester, Win- ona and others. As the state fair gained popularity, more organi- zation and funding was required to ensure its success. Soon a per- manent site was set in St. Paul on 320 acres of land. The state fair presents the best of the best from Minnesota. The fair allows new ideas to be shared freely. Although much has changed in farming since the first state and county fairs, fairs still stay true to their initial purpose; to edu- cate and bring together the com- munity. The state and county fairs provide agriculturalists an oppor- tunity to tell their story and share their successes. During August, attend your county fair and see some great exhibits, hear some excellent entertainment or just enjoy a day with your neighbors. Facts on county fairs were found from: Encyclopedia of Chicago; www. encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/ pages/345.html. Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia of Oklahoma his- tory and culture; http://digital. library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/ entries/F/FAO25.html. Minnesota State Fair www. mnstatefair.org/general_info/ fair_history.html. Thursday, August 1, 2013 'New Dairy Field Day to be held in Stearns County By Emily Krekelberg, tl of M Extension University of Minnesota Exten- sion will host a Dairy Field Day at Kerfeld Hillview Dairy from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Kerfeld Hillview Farm is owned by Tim, Carrie, Art, and Rosie Ker- feld. They, along with their five chil- dren, milk 175 cows in a naturally- ventilated 4-row freestall barn with cyclone fans, mattresses and pen- pack calving area. There are also some precision technologies used on the farm. The Kerfelds use a Lely Calm Automatic calf feeder, which was installed 4 years ago. They also utilize SCR (Lely T4C) activity mon- itors for heat detection in both their heifers and cows. They have a monoslope heifer barn that is very labor efficient, also offering custom farming services. Kerfeld Hillview Farm operates under a Partnership and S Corporation. Various University of Minne- sota Extension Staffwill be on hand to give tours, answer questions, and offer insight. Those Exten- sion Staff attending include Jim Salfer, Regional Extension Educa- tor in Dairy; Dan Martens, Crop Production Systems Educator in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties; and Emily Krekelberg, Livestock Production Systems Edu- cator in Stearns, Benton, and Mor- rison Counties. The farm is located at 30257 County Road 17, Melrose MN 56352. Directions to the farm from St. Rosa: 1 mile north on County Road 17; left (West) on County Road 17 about 1 mile; farm is on left. There will be a lunch provided at the event, sponsored by Central Minnesota Credit Union. Additional sponsors for the event include AgStar Financial Ser- vices, Central Minnesota Dairy Profit Team, Minnesota Dairy Ini- tiatives, andVitaPlus. Although pre-registration is not required, it is requested in order to help with the meal count. Please RSVP to the StearnsCounty Exten- sion Office at (320) 255-6169. Farm families impact Minnesota's economy and rural communities By Bey Durgan, Dean, tl ofM Extension Agriculture keeps advancing, adapting new technology to meet the needs of an increasingly global economy. Challenges have inten- sified as well - a lengthy drought, heavy precipitation and uncertain farm policies, to mention a few. The University of Minnesota started the Farm Family of the Year program 33 years ago to rec- ognize successful farm families for their impact on our economy and rural communities. This year, families from 76 Minnesota coun- ties will be recognized for their contributions to agriculture, the economy, and rural communities at an Aug. 8 ceremony at Farmfest, the state's largest farm gathering. I salute those selected as 2013 University of Minnesota farm families because they represent the ideals shared by all farm fam- ilies. Minnesota farm families not only persist and endure, but they continually improve the way they manage the land and produce food for the world. Farm families keep pace with change and inno- vate, while juggling busy lives and unexpected challenges. Unquestionably, farm families care about the land. As stewards of the land, they know they need to maintain it for future genera- tions, just as they know that their land produces food and energy that must serve a doubling popu- lation by 2050. Farmers contribute in ways that matter to the entire state, pro- viding more than 340,000 jobs and $75 billion in economic activity. They also contribute their time and skills to solve community problems, and keep their schools, businesses and youth organiza- tions strong. Many volunteer for 4-H and other groups, and donate generously to these efforts. Each year, University of Minne- sota Extension works directly with farm families to understand and address the challenges of farm- ing. I would like to thank all the families who welcome Univer- sity faculty onto their farms and share their knowledge and experi- ence with us. Farm families make incalculable contributions to the science of agriculture. We are hon- ored to know them, and to work together to improve our food and energy system. Note: You can read a brief pro- file of all 76 University of Minne- sota Farm Families of the Year at http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans, umn. edu. Millner celebrates anniversary ii ::' ::i  "  Millner Heritage Winery near Kimball celebrated their anniversary and Heritage Fest July 20-21. They served mexican food and had music and dancers representing a number of cultures. They gave tours of the winery and the vineyard, too. Harvest season is just around the corner for the different varieties of grapes grown there. Staff photo by Anton Matua. Check out our Photo Gallery at www.tricountynews.MN THOUSANDS of photos of schools, sports, and community events to view and purchase prints! 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