Swift County Fair’s Mitteness named Fair Person of the Year

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Elaine Mitteness, in red shirt at left, has been instrumental in reviving the Swift County Fair. She was behind starting the My Dolly & Me contest, which has been growing in popularity each year.

“The fair is kind of a way of life for me,” Elaine Mitteness of Benson said last week as the Monitor-News interviewed her about winning the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs Fair Person of the Year for District 7.
Mitteness, who has served 23 years on the Swift County Fair board of directors and nine years as its secretary, was presented the award at the federation’s annual meeting in Bloomington in January. District 7 includes 19 counties from Wilkin and Douglas to the north down through Swift County to the Iowa border along the western side of Minnesota.

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