County fair season, that time-honored summertime tradition, has begun, and the Rice County Fair delivers good times in abundance. Advertising family fun, food, education and animals, it’s a celebration of country life that can’t be faked; from the live music to the livestock, rides and exhibitions, this is a family friendly festival that’s guaranteed to deliver a good time. It runs July 17-22 in Faribault, and all the information, including entertainment schedules and 4-H info, is online at ricecountyfair.net. Or call the Rice County Fair office at 507/332-2470. Enjoy the cotton candy.