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Carver County Fair Entrance, 1913

Carver County Fair Entrance

Fair visitors entering the second annual fair held on the Waconia fairgrounds, 1913. This is the original entrance to the fair, changed in the 1930s through Works Progress Administration work..

Carver County Fairgrounds

Carver County Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds in Waconia, c.1950. Shows the back of the grandstand in the bottom left of the image. Cars and buses are seen in the middle of the photo.

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1912

Carver County Fair Entrance

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

Carver County Fairgrounds, 1941

Carver County Fairgrounds

An aerial photo of the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, c.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.

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