As of the end of the drawing on Tuesday, Aug. 6, there was no winner of Washington, D.C., trip given away as part of the Stevens County Fair button prizes. The holder of button 447 has 24 hours as of 6:45 p.m. Aug. 6 to claim the prize, fair board member Steve Storck said.

Although the trip prize winner wasn't there, plenty of other winners were at the drawing and the button meal at the Lee Community Center on fairgrounds. The event is the start of the Aug. 6-11 fair.

The evening included a short program about The Spirit of Minnesota Tribute Bell which will be on display at the fair. The bell honors veterans. The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is the steward of the bell which is sponsored in Minnesota by Wells Fargo.



Hugh Reimers, the Stevens County Veterans Service Officer said veterans from across the state contributed medals and even dog tags to be melted and molded as part of the 255-pound bell. The bell is placed on a trailer so it can be moved from locations for display.

The evening events also include honoring the county's farm family of the year. The Mark and Deb Erickson family of rural Donnelly has been named Stevens County’s “2019 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.

The fair board also honored a Century Farm. The Van Zomeren farm has marked 100 years of existence. Fennardus Van Zomeren bought the farm in 1919 for $400 per acre. The is now owned by descendant Bernard Van Zomeren.