Wis. Couple Attends Minn. State Fair for 72 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

For those who grew up in Minnesota, they have their own memories about the Fair. There's a couple from Eau Claire, Wis. who could probably put together an entire scrapbook of fair memories.

Harry and Rose Boehm have not missed a Minnesota State Fair since 1938, when they were just 23 and 24 years old.

"There is no place within the Midwest would compare with the Minnesota Fair. We try to make the whole thing and try not to miss anything," said Harry Boehm.

The Boehms haven't missed much in more than seven decades. Back in 1938, they passed street cars on the way to the fair from Eau Claire and hot dogs were just a nickel.

"Each year things change. Machinery Hill has changed so much. Today it's corporation farms. Years ago, the small farmer had all types of equipment," explained Harry Boehm.

The couple said the craziest thing they've seen at the grandstand was probably a lady on the wing of airplane flying over the track. Even after all these years, they said every visit is an education.

The Miracle of Birth Center is one of their must-see stops. Animals have always been a favorite, as well as the Fine Art and Education Buildings and Creative Activities, once called the Women's Building.

"I had to spend a little longer time in the Ladies than I probably wanted to, but we had to compromise," joked Harry Boehm.

Perhaps what they like best is that there's always variety and always special time with family. All seven of their children were raised on the fair.

"My children, I'm very proud of them. I want to be with them all the time," said Rose Boehm.

"Even though we live in Wisconsin , we're really Minnesotans at heart," added her husband.

The Boehms' favorite fair food is the malts from the Empire Commons. They've also enjoyed elk.

Rose Boehm is 96 years old and Harry Boehm is 95.

Rose Boehm has Alzheimer's Disease, but the couple still lives in their own home in Eau Claire.

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