Youth movement keeps Prairie Home Fair going

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PRAIRIE HOME - Prairie Home Fair organizers say there's an old saying that "once you get a job at the fair, you never get rid of it, unless you die."

Old and young Prairie Home community members are living up to that saying as they put on the 104th staging of the fair. Much of its success is due to younger groups keep the tradition going. 

Fair announcer Judy Kirschman said older volunteers who have passed away, including her husband, were worried that the youth wouldn't want to volunteer.

The youth proved them wrong and got involved.

"I wish they could see these younger kids taking over," she said.

Food, livestock shows, rodeos, games and more have been going on since Wednesday. The fair wraps up Saturday night. A 5K race starts the full day of activities.

Fair organizer Matt Rentel was born and raised in Prairie Home and went to the fair every year as a child. He said attending now with his family brings back fond childhood memories. 

"They enjoy it just as I did," he said. 

The fair is free and open to the public.

The Facebook page has the full schedule of events.