Pair teams up to create fair’s historical exhibit

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 29, 2002

Glenn Ruble and Roger Lonning have combined their respective passions &045; the fair and history &045; into an exhibit everyone can enjoy. The two have been working over the past month on the &uot;Heritage Barn.&uot;

The small barn at the fair, known as the Olson Manufacturing building, has been used previously for commercial exhibitors and storage.

Featuring historic pictures, fair books, posters and ribbons, the creators hope to bring some fond memories out of the back of the old-timers’ minds.

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The project was brought to Ruble by fair board members, and he in turn brought Lonning in on the project. A Fair Board member for 18 years, Ruble said the annual event is still a big part of his life.

For Lonning, his main attraction was discovering the little details behind the history of the fair, he said.

&uot;I love to research,&uot; said Lonning. &uot;People don’t realize how much the fair has changed.&uot;

Ruble and Lonning have plans to make the Heritage Barn an annual attraction. They hope to rotate subjects each year, and invite anyone with historical items they might display in the future to contact them.

During the fair the barn will be staffed by members of the Daybreakers Kiwanis, and KATE radio will be broadcasting from outside the building each day from 6-10 a.m.