To offer new arts and history programming at the Itasca County Fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to a harpist, dulcimer player, and watch a presentation on the dogsled, clothing, and making of the film Iron Will.
To increase access to performing arts for fairgoers. The Itaska County Fair provided a variety of performing artists at the 2013 fair including native singer/songwriters, banjo players, the Cloeraine City Band, the Itasca Brass Ensemble, and Homeward Bound Theatre Company.
Native to the western United States and Canada, mountain pine beetle is considered the most devastating forest insect in North America. Trees usually die as a result of infestation and an unprecedented outbreak in the west is currently decimating pine forests there. While mountain pine beetle is not presently believed to reside in Minnesota, there are risks posed by an expanding species range resulting from warming climate and the potential for accidental introduction via lumber imports from infested areas.