It’s County Fair season in Minnesota. Those of us with 4H kids know it’s a crazy, exciting, exhausting time. It’s when all the work pays off, or not. It’s the excitement of the show, the yearning for that blue (or purple!) ribbon. It’s carnival rides and the time when we indulge in forbidden foods, like cotton candy and cheese curds and mini donuts by the bag.
It’s also the season for antique tractor shows. A nostalgic celebration of farm machines built back when “horsepower” was something still measured in the number of equines on your farm, now lovingly restored to their original glory. This show featured Farmall IH tractors – flying Old Glory, red and proud.
Wherever you are this summer be sure to take in a county fair. In the meantime, enjoy these great images shot this week by AgriLife Studios’ own Shawn Nielsen at the Wright County Fair in beautiful Howard Lake, Minnesota.