Rock County Fair

Local county fair organizers will decide in a special meeting next week whether or not the 2020 Rock County Fair will take place. On Friday the Minnesota State Fair Board canceled this summer’s 2020 event instead of modifying the annual 12-day format for coronavirus distancing. Now local fair...
Crowds meander through the fairgrounds Thursday evening, July 25.
Fairgoers and fair organizers alike are happy with the events at last week’s Rock County Fair. “Overall we had a good fair,” said Fair Board President Isaac DeBoer. “We had a lot of compliments on the midway and Discover Center.” The midway included several additional rides including “The Screamer...
The 2019 Farm Store booth
There are some things that people can count on when they make their annual visit to the Rock County Fair. The Luverne Farm Store booth in the gold commercial building is one of those constants. For 71 years the local company has connected with current and future customers at the fair. “We can see...
Three first-place winners rose to the top of the talent pool at the 18th annual Rock County Fair Talent Show. The event took place Wednesday night, July 24, in the Palace Theatre in downtown Luverne. Sixteen acts participated in the event sponsored by Sioux Valley Energy and the Rock County Ag...
Champions and reserve champions in the open class categories at the 2019 Rock County Fair gathered for a picture Friday, July 26. They are Elanor Gesch (front, left), Amaryah Gesch, Carter Sehr, Kinser Klosterbuer, (second row) Dorral Kramer Guzman, Dianne Karlstad, Krista Burkman, Gert Bruynes, Ashlee Overvaag, Marcia Essman, (back) Evan Prekker, Andrew Prekker, Lori Witte, Carol Goehle, Joan Chesley, Eric Fick and Howie Luitjens.
Following are the results reported for Open Class competition at the 2018 Rock County Fair: Floral •Best of Show: Betty Leuthold; Reserve Best of Show: Maryln Luitjens. •Champions of Subdivisions: Betty Leuthold, Shirley Sandager, Micaela Hemme, Carter Peterson, Maryln Luitjens, Sarah Stegenga. •...
Members of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club constructed a “Fair Bus” out of a large round bale as their entry in the “scarecrow contest” to promote the Rock County Fair. The fair began Wednesday and activities go through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Luverne. The outside exhibit had ideal weather...
Junior exhibitor Regan Spath walks her horse named Molly to the outdoor arena Saturday morning, July 28, for the halter showmanship class. Spath is a member of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club.
The 2018 Rock County Fair may be one for the record books based on last week’s ideal weather. Temperatures in the mid-70s, low humidity and extra mosquito spray by the city of Luverne were some of the elements Fair Board President Isaac DeBoer named as reasons this year’s July 25-28 event was more...
Grand and reserve grand champion winners in the Rock County Fair Open Class competition on hand for a photo Friday afternoon include (front, from left) Jase Van De Berg, Austyn Pap, Ava Steinhoff, (second row) Katie Walgrave, Marcia Essman, Jane Wellington, Ashlee Overvaag, Kaitlyn McDowell, Eric Fick, Dorral Kramer Guzman, (back) Cindy Reverts, John Baustian, Sarah Essman, Carol Goehle, Barb Sandbulte and Sharon Zinnel.
Following are the results reported for Open Class competition at the 2018 Rock County Fair: Floral: •Best of Show: Taedra McKenzie; Reserve Best of Show: Jane Wellington. •Champions of Subdivisions: Ian Jauert, Tori Hemme, Carter Petersen, Jane Wellington, Shirley Sandager, Taedra McKenzie. •...
Rock County Extension Service summer intern Gabryelle Gilliam helped organize an event for this year’s fair called “Mark That Card,” which allows the public to compare the judge’s placings in four different species, including beef. The contest starts Thursday, July 27.
Fair-goers can compare judging skills alongside Rock County 4-H’ers next week as the general livestock team practices for the upcoming Minnesota State Fair competition. Today, Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28, prior to the swine, sheep, goat and beef shows, participants can view the...
The AgStar Fund for Rural America has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Rock County Fair in Luverne for upgrades to its livestock wash rack. Pictured July 28 near the grandstands are Pat Barnette of AgStar (left) and Rock County Fair Board Secretary Lee Sells. The upgrades to the livestock wash rack...

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