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.

Group of students at Hamline University, Red Wing, c.1861

Group of students at Hamline University, Red Wing

Group of students at Hamline University, Red Wing; Margaret Fraser Sumner in back row with braids, c.1861

Hamline University, Red Wing, c.1863.

Hamline University, Red Wing

Hamline University, Red Wing, c.1863.

Hamline University, Red Wing

Hamline University, Red Wing

Hamline University, Red Wing, c.1865. Photograph by Kenneth M. Wright Studios.

Creating Hamline, Minnesota's First College

In 1854 a group of Methodist ministers founded Hamline University in Red Wing. It was the first college established in Minnesota Territory.

Sean Kershaw

Sean Kershaw

Sean Kershaw is the current Citizens League executive director and has held the office since 2003

Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie, Citizens League executive director from 1967 to 1980

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