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Photos: Olmsted County Fair 2022

The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31 at Graham Park in Rochester.

Olmsted County Fair
Fair-goers enter during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Harper Wilker, 11, and Maddi McClune, 14, both of Waseca, ride a ride during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
The sun sets during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Queanesther Handley, of Chicago, shares an ice cream cone with her great-grandaughter Taliya Brown, 2, of Rochester during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Harper Léger, 7, of Rochester, center, and Kambria Sin, 9, of Rochester, play in the bubble balls during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Teenagers ride a carnival ride during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Lilly Jordan, 7, of Mantorville, relaxes in a bubble during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Skyler Abbey, 10, and family member Aniah Parnum, 18, prepare to ride an amusement during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Fair-goers ride an amusement during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Molly Gulden-Prairie and her son Henrik, 3, of Byron play a game during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
A family walks into the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
The Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
A cowboy parades the American flag during the national anthem at the Great Frontier Bull Riding show at the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Cowboys line up at the start of the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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A bull during the Great Frontier Bull Riding show at the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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The cowboys kneel for a prayer before bull riding during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Cowboys wait to ride bulls during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Cowboys ride in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
A bull is roped during the Great Frontier Bull Riding show at the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Cowboys ride in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
A cowboy falls off during the Great Frontier Bull Riding show at the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Cowboys ride in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Cowboys ride in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Pedro Melgarejo of Texas rides in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Pedro Melgarejo of Texas rides in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Cowboys ride in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Savannah Kraus, 8, of Rochester, participates in the mutton busting during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Savannah Kraus, 8, of Rochester, runs towards her mom, Kari Kraus, after mutton busting during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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A rider participates in the mutton busting during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Dakota Warnken of Indiana and his son Colton, 3, prepare for the bull riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Dakota Warnken prepares to ride in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
Dakota Warnken rides in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Dakota Warnken fist bumps his son Colton, 3, after riding in the Great Frontier Bull Riding show during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair
during the Olmsted County Fair on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Graham Park in Rochester.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Rick Wussow watches a batch of "rib ticklers" while Jim Schatz puts more on the grill of the Olmsted County Pork Producers stall at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022. The Olmsted County Pork Producers are a consortium of local pork producers that volunteer to work and sell their products at the fair.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Dillon Clay leads Astro the Clydesdale out of his stall to give him a cleaning at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
A horse stands in its stall in the equine building at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Jenny Ryan take a picture of her daughter Claire Ryan, 5, while she rides a horse in a coral at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Two horses stand in a stable at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Steve Walsky prepares to dismount the horse he took on a ride in front of the equine building at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Henry Kaldenburg, 5, takes part in the pedal tractor pull competition at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Cheese curds sit under a hot lamp at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Matt Benson starts a batch of cotton candy inside the Cotton Candy Connection stall at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Cotton candy hangs on the front of the Cotton Candy Connection stall at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Matt Benson keeps the cotton candy from sticking to the side of the machine at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Matt Benson pulls the cotton candy from the machine at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Ranger checks a backpack for contraband with Olmsted County Sherriff Deputy Nick Heimer during a police K9 demonstration at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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A cow waits in its stall in an exhibition hall at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Andrew Hamilton (center) runs the livestock auction while his team members scan the crowd, working to get higher prices from bidders at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Mason Nigon leads his cow to auction at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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A member of the Hamilton Auction Company jokingly motions to a bidder to go up in price during a livestock auction at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Theodore Skare leads his pig that went for $650 during the livestock auction at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Jake the cow waits to go to the auction block with his owner Paige Wendt at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
The lead singer of Diego Y Sus Cuantes sings as the opener at Fiesta Fest, the musical entertainment at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
Diego Y Sus Cuantes performs during Fiesta Fest at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 02
The guitarist of Diego Y Sus Cuantes plays a twelve string during Fiesta Fest at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
Richard Pederson get sweet corn ready for the roaster at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
Angela Heitman gets her cow ready for competition at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
Show cows stand in one of the barns waiting to be brought to competition at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
Seth Heitman calms the cow that Angela Heitman is grooming for competition at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Lights illuminate the entry to the amusement park at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Attendees enjoy the swing at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Attendees eat a few of the variety of foods available at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Chris Carothers looks on as Ashley Mullenbach pets a cow at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Steve Searles speaks to the entrants in the junior showmanship competition at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Judge Steve Searles instructs the junior showmanship entrants, many of whom are in their first competition, in things he wishes to see when judging at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. The junior showmanship competition featured children aged eight through fourteen.
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Ashley Mellgren (left) attempts to hide her frustration with her cow from judge Steve Searles during the junior showmanship competition at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Mellgren's twin sister Emily (right) went on to win the competition.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
A large flag flies on a crane in front of the Ear of Corn Water Tower at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
Author from Minneapolis is the second band to play at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Olmsted County Fair Day 01
Author from Minneapolis is the second band to play at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Author from Minneapolis is the second band to play at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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The lead guitarist for the band Author plays a solo at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
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Emily Mellgren, left, and Roger Mellgren, 6, of Zumbro Falls, unload their calves while setting up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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Games are set up while preparing for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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The ferris wheel is assembled while setting up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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Dulce Castillo washes a vendor truck while setting up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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Cattle are washed while setting up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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Baxton Roeder, 11, of Stewartville, washes his Red Angus while setting up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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Juliana Sheehan fills a bucket of water for her cow while setting up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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A person rides a horse as barns are set up for the fair on Monday, July 25, 2022, at Graham Park Rochester. The Olmsted County fair runs July 25-31.
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Traci Westcott is a photojournalist for the Post Bulletin covering the southeast Minnesota region. Before she moved to Rochester, she was a photography intern for the Dubois County Herald in Jasper, Indiana. Readers can reach Traci at 507-281-7470 or twestcott@postbulletin.com.
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