Six-year-old Elijau Gabrio (left) looked on while his brother, Joshua, 4, quickly mastered the art of combining an adjustable straw, deep breaths and plenty of paint. The boys from Baxter blew bubbles to create the works of art during an activity Friday at the Aitkin County Fair. Parents asked the art instructor to remind their children this was not an activity that should involve milk.
Hallie Goetsch, 11, Isle, answered questions from Aitkin County Fair Judge Karl Oestreich that tested her knowledge about her 1-year-old German shorthair named Libie. Goetsch competed in the 4-H Dog Show at the fair Friday. She won a blue ribbon and reserve champion ribbon for the junior novice showmanship class. In previous years she entered creative arts, gardening, photography and baking events at the fair, but this was her first year in the dog show. Brainerd Dispatch/Renee Richardson
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