2016 CARLTON COUNTY FAIR
August 18, 19, 20, 21
This year's Fair was called, "Sweet 16 in 2016" and it was a sweet year for the Carlton County Historical Society.
We had lots of volunteers helping us out who put in a total of 283.25 hours, much more than last year's 159.5 hours. Thanks to all our volunteers and special thanks to our volunteer summer intern, Jessica Armstrong, for organizing the volunteer effort.
Also new was the memorial bench we had made in memory of Milo Rasmussen, our long time Board President and long time supporter of our Fair activities. The bench was placed in the shade on the north side of the Farm Machinery Building and was used a lot by fair goers.
Another new project was the 2017 Barns of Carlton County calendar produced by the CCHS Barn Photo Committee. They sold like hotcakes at $5 each and featured 13 colorful barns, photographed by committee volunteers in various Carlton County townships. The committee set up a canopy by Milo's bench and had a unique handmade sign identifying the Barn Committee. Both the calendars and the sign are now at the CCHS museum in Cloquet.
A total of 409 people signed our guest book at the Farm Machinery Building, which we estimate may be 1/4 of the people who visited. We had 352 people from MN, 18 from WI, and a few from Maryland, Oregon, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Idaho, Texas, Germany and Jamaica. Minnesotans came from, in descending order, Cloquet, Duluth, Moose Lake, Barnum, Kettle River, Mahtowa, Carlton, Esko, and Wrenshall, with fewer from other communities.
All in all, 2016 was a sweet year at the Fair for us!
2015 CARLTON COUNTY FAIR
August 13, 14, 15, 16
The Carlton County Historical Society invites Carlton County fairgoers to visit their three buildings at the fairgrounds in Barnum during the fair August 13 through August 16.
See all the new exhibits and activities relating to the county's history at the Farm Machinery Building, Centennial Log Homestead and Barn.
At the Farm Machinery Building a newly donated handmade loom from the Esko area will be on view with weavers demonstrating its use. A Rummage Sale of antiques and collectibles will continue all four days of the fair at Farm Machinery Building. Also on Friday, August 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, bring your antiques for professional Antique Appraisals in the Farm Machinery Building.
The Centennial Log Homestead, which now has a new cedar shingle roof on the cabin and porch, features costumed living history interpreters and demonstrations of spinning wool into yarn on several different types of spinning wheels.
Come to the fair and enjoy memories and moments of Carlton County's past. For more information call the Carlton County Historical Society at 218-879-1938.
SUCCESSFUL 2015 COUNTY FAIR FOR CCHS
Despite the 90 degree heat and high humidity, we survived the 2015 Fair thanks to all our hard working volunteers.
Here are some photos of the highlights:
Nancy Hanson visits Cynthia Johnson at Fair
Rachel Johnson & friend play violins in Farm Machinery Building
White family visits Wagon donated by Alfred & Edna White of Cloquet
2014 CARLTON COUNTY FAIR
August 14, 15, 16, 17
This year the log cabin had a new cedar shingle roof which was damaged by the 2012 flood. When the rainstorm came Sunday afternoon, everyone inside the cabin stayed perfectly dry!
At the Farm Machinery building we had an Antiques Appraisal from Superior Appraisers on Thursday, August 14 from 3 to 5 pm.
Our raffle this year was a Northwest Paper Company Mountie poster.
2013 CARLTON COUNTY FAIR
August 15, 16, 17, 18
The 2013 Carlton County Fair had an attendance of 30,337 people, which was up from last year with the news of the floods. We had plenty of crowds at our three buildings.
The farmhouse and barn had a flurry of visitors sampling the homemade cooking on the wood stove prepared by our costumed volunteers. This year we also had a goat as part of the volunteer crew.
At the farm machinery building, we held an antiques appraisal and showed old 16 millimeter movies that had recently been digitized. People liked the old Dairy Days movies including a few people who saw themselves and friends on the screen.
Our volunteers put in 192.25 hours of volunteer time during the four days at the fair, compared to last year's 346 volunteer hours with all the flood clean up required.
2012 CARLTON COUNTY FAIR
In June 2012, Barnum and much of Carlton County suffered the consequences of a devastting flood. The three Carlton County Historical Society buildings were damaged, needing clean-up and repair before the Fair opened in August.
Here are some photos of what we needed to clean up & repair:
The Log cabin & Barn had 4 feet of water and still need repairs.
2011 CARLTON COUNTY FAIR
The theme for the 121st Carlton County Fair was "Fairway to Heaven in 2011". We had 30 volunteers at the General Store, Farm Machinery Building and Log Cabin, who donated a total of 230.5 hours!
This year we had authors signing books about the county's history that we sold, plus information tables for the Carlton County Genealogy Society, the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, the Senior Reporter magazine and the Water and Soil Conservation program.
The "From Sheep to Shawl" raffle had a happy winner of the handmade all alpaca shawl and the other raffle items were equally well received. We sold books, T-shirts, postcards and memberships, making a total of almost $1,000.
We all had a wonderful experience and met hundreds of people. Signatures in our guest books showed over 500 visitors. For next year, we are planning to re-shingle the Log Cabin roof and make repairs to the wood cook stove. We always welcome new volunteers to help us with this fun annual event.
Author Larry Luukkonen signed books he wrote.
Spinning yarn at the Log Cabin
Log Cabin front porch
Moose Lake Area Historical Society in Farm Machinery Building
Carlton County Geneology Society in Farm Machinery Building
Nancy Hanson signs her new book on Carlton County Schools