It’s a fair ‘to be proud of’
Vinland Fair wraps up
Joyce Wasmund and Genny Hunsinger examine one jar of green beans, set it down and pick up another.
After several minutes of discussing the maturity of the beans, the level of the water and other important canning factors, the pair eventually selects the blue, red and white ribbon winners.
The beans are then set on the shelf and the judges move on to the next food preservation category.
Wasmund and Hunsinger spent a majority last Friday morning judging food preservation entries, as well as other food entries, at the Vinland Fair.
Wasmund, who is from Princeton, Kan., was judging at the Vinland Fair for the first time. She said she was impressed with the exhibits and activities the fair offered.
"The community needs to very proud to have a fair like this," she said. "The quality of the products and the activities that are offered are great.
"This is just a really nice fair," she said. "I'm having a wonderful time."
The Vinland Fair, which just wrapped up it's 94th year, ran last Thursday through Saturday.
Larry Craig, who has been attending the fair every year since 1948, said the annual event is one based on tradition.
"Back when it started, it was the highlight for everybody," Craig said. "A lot of people have kept coming back year after year. It's like a big reunion."
Mary Gensler, who has also been attending the fair since 1948, said the reunion aspect is a big draw.
"It's a community event," she said. "Lots of times you only see some people once a year, and it's at the Vinland Fair."
She said the exhibits, homemade dinners and pies, kids' activities and local entertainment have also kept the non-commercial fair going for so long.
"Those are some of the big drawing points of it," Gensler said. "This fair is for the community."
David Martin, who is from Lawrence, said he stays with his grandparents every year at this time so he can come to the Vinland Fair.
"I like coming to the fair," Martin, 9, said. "I really like to play the games. I just think it's fun."