Minnesota's Legacy

Discovering Living History at the 135th Isanti County Fair

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Isanti County Agricultural Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
July 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2011 Laws of Minnesota, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivison 10
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (1) $700,000 each year distributed in equal amounts to each of the state's county fairs to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage;

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Survey audience.Take pictures of events and allow for audience participation through question and answer time.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Complete survey responses can be requested from the MDA.Of all the free attractions offered by the fair, 36%  of respondents rated the Old West Society #1.

Source of Additional Funds

Isanti County Fair
Local business contributions
County officials contribution
Public support

Recipient Board Members
Wayne Boettcher
Glenn Lood
Ruth Paschke
Ken Nastrom
Lisa Angeski
Cullen Bartz
Bill Binger
Bruce Bloomgren
Charles Mattson
Trent Rudquist
Bryce Sorenson
Keith Stamm
Jeff Rod
Jason Wilking
Project Overview

To provide an educational overview of Isanti County over the five days of the Isanti County Fair. "Discovering Living History at the 135th Isanti County Fair" will provide visitors with an authentic, historically accurate old west experience, opportunity to hear live bluegrass music and interact with German folk musicians, and wander through exhibits showcasing artifacts of Minnesota's past.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Isanti County Fair