New carnival in town

AUSTIN, Minn. – Fair season is in full swing, and a local one has announced some big changes.

The Mower County Fair is ending a more than 30-year ride with Miriam Midway. Starting at this year’s fair on August 5, it will be Gold Star Amusements running the show.

It will be about the same size you are used to, but that may be the only thing that is the same.

“One of the first things that’ll stand out is the look. It’ll have a different look to it, a new brightness to it. It’ll just look different. A lot of times change can be painful, but we really think this is a change that folks are going to enjoy,” said Mower County Fair Board Director John Mueller.

Fair leaders say they have got a long relationship with Miriam and have become good friends with them, so it was not an easy choice to move on.

Mueller said so far, the response to the change has been good.

“Last year we were very fortunate, one of the biggest things on the grounds, the grandstand, was brand new thanks to the Mower County commissioners and the Hormel Foundation. This year it’s the carnival. People really like that. They like to know the old traditional things that they love about their county fair is there, but they also like to see new and updated things,” Mueller said.

They will offer a “Passport to Mower Fun,” which is $45 in advance and $50 fair week. That will be good for rides all week long. They are also offering $1 rides on the first night of the fair.

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