Carver County Fair Entrance, 1912

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1912

The original entrance to the Carver County Fair in Waconia, circa 1912.

Carver County Fairgrounds, 1941

Carver County Fairgrounds, 1941

An aerial photo of the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, circa 1941. The image shows the roadways and buildings on the grounds.

Carver County Fair, 1868–present

The Carver County Fair has a long and rich history, dating back to 1868. On July 20, the Carver County Agricultural Society formed in Chaska. Later that year, on October 10, this group held the first Carver County fair in Chaska, to display their crops and animals. An elected Board of Directors planned the fair. Despite later battles over location, the fair has been held almost every year since.

black and white photograph of Dr. Leon C. Snyder

Leon Snyder

A candid shot of the leader of the Fruit Breeding Farm, Dr. Leon C. Snyder. Dr. Snyder was the leader who started the Woody Landscape Breeding Program, which would become the Landscape Arboretum.

photograph of the fruit breeding farm

Fruit Breeding Farm

An early scene from the Fruit Breeding farm, which became the Horticultural Research Center

black and white photograph of an early sign for the Landscape Arboretum

Early Arboretum Sign

An earlier version of the entrance sign for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

aerial photograph of the grounds of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Visitor Center, Snyder Building Two

An aerial view of the Visitor Center, Snyder building, and some of the grounds of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the state's largest, most diverse and complete horticultural site. The grounds have more than five thousand types of plants, including fruits, vegetables, bushes and flowers. Located about twenty miles west of the Twin Cities, it is a significant horticultural resource.

Noiseless Automatic Sewing Machine designed by by the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company in London, England. The treadle and gears run smoothly on this chain stitch sewing machine. The machine is mounted on a wooden table with an iron base, a foot treadle, and three drawers.

Wilcox and Gibbs Sewing Machine

Noiseless Automatic Sewing Machine designed by by the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company in London, England in 1871. Used by the Frederick Spangenberg family.

Image depicting the 1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground, 2004.

1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground

Image depicting the 1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground, 2004.

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