On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the Scott County Agricultural Society held their third “Autumn Fare,” to promote locally produced food, natural fiber, local farms, and art at the Scott County Fairgrounds. With a mission to provide a venue for local food producers, artists, and producers of natural fiber to show the community their art and natural fiber and promote their farms and the products they have raised or created. This year a small but enthusiastic stream of visitors attended on the clear, crisp fall day.
An “Aisle of Farms” in one of the barns had booths and tables with a few animals to show the community what producers are doing on their farms. Photos of farms and animals were also on display in the booths. The massive Percheron Lyle, a horse standing 19 hands high, was a highlight of the event, drawing visitors of all ages to look in amazement at the beautiful horse towering above all in the barn. A Shetland pony was also enjoyed as were the sheep being sheared.
During the day, 4-H operated their food stand to provide “Fare” for the Autumn Fare. The Ferris wheel was in operation providing breathtaking views of the countryside.
In the Arts and Crafts building, the creative arts were on display with woodworkers demonstrating their skill, textile workers creating yarn, and workshops being held. The long-haired bunnies were very popular as the docile creatures snuggled with their sisters and allowed themselves to be petted.
Tessa Lehto is a Shakopee resident and garden enthusiast. This article is funded in part by Scott County’s Statewide Health Initiative Plan to promote healthy eating in the county and Local Harvest Alliance to promote awareness of local foods. Comments or Ideas? Contact me at email@example.com.