I'm going to go ahead and say it. I had more fun at the Olmsted County Free Fair than I've ever had. Great shows, food vendors, rides, games, and, as always, LOVED seeing and learning about the huge impact, and many careers that make up our agricultural world.

The all-volunteer fair putter-onners outdid themselves. That's right, all-volunteer. No one gets paid to organize, arrange, and put on the Olmsted County Free Fair.

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Olmsted Cty Junior Livestock Show - 1928 Minnesota Historical Society CLICK FOR LINK


  • First Olmsted County Fair October 3-4, 1860 at the Rochester Courthouse.
  • The Minnesota State Fair was in Rochester 1866, 1867, 1869, 1880, 1881, and 1882.
  • Olmsted County Fair found a permanent home in 1919 when Dr GRaham gave the county the current fairground property, “to encourage agriculture and its kindred industries” in Olmsted County.

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