Nobody here but us chickens


Gazette photo by Erik Sandin
Mary Ann Rademacher, left, helps her granddaughters, Abigail Rademacher, center, and Caitlin Rademacher, spread wood shavings Tuesday in a cage in the Washington County Fairgrounds Poultry House. The girls entered six birds in the 4-H and eight birds in the open class contests. The fair opens today and runs through Sunday in Lake Elmo.            Gates at the Washington County Fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. and exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The carnival opens at 2 p.m. today and fair-goers can enjoy five rides for $10. All rides are reduced by one coupon from 2 p.m. to close.

Other Wednesday highlights include free weddings and wedding vow renewals at 5:30 p.m. and the opening day parade at 6 p.m.

Visit for a complete schedule.