More than a fair time (slideshow)

Andrew Spreck performed a cover song with guitar and earned second place in the Open Division at the Chisago County Fair Amateur Talent Contest. Kayla Mack and Julia Kacon won first place with a fantastic vocal duet. Judges deliberated for quite some time before announcing the winners of this year’s competition. Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg In the Teen Division, twins Jake and Max Hagemen of Rush City took first place with a jammin’ guitar and drum duet in luau attire. Also pictured, Georgia Reding placed second after giving a great vocal performance. Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg
1) Sophie Timm, left, earned second place with her vocal performance in the Pre-Teen Division at the Chisago County Fair Amateur Talent Contest on July 21. With her is Savannah Clifford who placed first with a vocal performance that kicked off the talent show in style. All first place winners in the talent contest received a trophy, $50 and the opportunity to perform at the Minnesota State Fair talent contest. Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Jon Tatting Photo by Derrick Knutson Photo by Derrick Knutson
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1) Sophie Timm, left, earned second place with her vocal performance in the Pre-Teen Division at the Chisago County Fair Amateur Talent Contest on July 21. With her is Savannah Clifford who placed first with a vocal performance that kicked off the talent show in style. All first place winners in the talent contest received a trophy, $50 and the opportunity to perform at the Minnesota State Fair talent contest. Photo by Melanie M. Hedberg

Families found another great time at the 141st Chisago County Fair in Rush City. While the heat and humidity made the early goings almost unbearable for many, especially the animals in the 4-H barns and show arena, comfortably warm weather did arrive in time for the weekend.

As is tradition, locals entered their favorite foods, artwork and projects for competition. Carnival games and rides were on hand, and so were plenty of kids activities — particularly on Saturday when people also found their spots along Main Street for the parade.

Local service organizations kept busy offering refreshments and more at the fairgrounds. Thrill seekers found their thing at the grandstand where moto-cross, tractor pull and demolition derby events, and even a lawn mower race, were held.