Officials deem 2022 Crow Wing County Fair a success

Attendance might have been a little lower than typical years, but officials said vendors and fairgoers alike seemed satisfied with this year's events.

The fair midway ride Soarin' spins people around.
People enjoy the Soarin' ride at the midway on the last night of the fair Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Crow Wing County Fair.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD — Favorable weather conditions played a part in another successful year of the Crow Wing County Fair.

A little bit of rain Saturday morning was the only worry, but the short-lived drizzle seemed to freshen up the fairgrounds in preparation for the wildly successful Baja Races to conclude the week, General Manager Gary Doucette said.

“The Baja, as usual, just blew everybody out of the water,” Doucette said during a phone interview Sunday, Aug. 7. “... Motocross (attendance) was higher than it normally was. Our midway was terrific. The people — we had no serious problem with the people. The people were very good. I’d say, all in all, we were blessed with a really, super year.”

While Doucette estimated attendance might have been a little lower than the typical 70,000-80,000 people, those who did attend, and those who worked the fair were content.

One vendor from the Twin Cities, he recalled, said the Crow Wing County Fair was better than any others they go to each year.


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Quilting, knitting, crocheting and other crafting projects fill the fine arts building at the Crow Wing County Fair.
A traditional painting method with many variations based on the different regions in Norway is alive and well at the Crow Wing County Fair.
Amber Kartman is a 19-year-old girl with autism who has been painting the buildings on the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds.
Brooke Schubert and her horse, Skip, are both 18-years-old and have spent the past decade competing in horse shows and rodeos together.

“It’s reassuring when you can keep your vendors happy,” Doucette said. “And I talked to several food vendors that had come, and they were all pleased with the numbers. So I would have to say the fair was as good as it was before.”

And Doucette said he and other fair organizers are grateful to all who attended and made the fair a success.

“We thank everybody in the community for showing their support,” he said.

THERESA BOURKE may be reached at or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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