100 YEARS OF CLAY COUNTY FAIR TRADITIONS

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Arla Kintigh

Arla Kintigh is a retired English teacher, who taught in northwest Iowa communities over thirty years. Her most recent position was at Spencer High School. Arla currently serves as a writing coach for an Arts on Grand Memoir Workshop group. From listening to fair stories, in the spring of 2016, Arla envisioned Fairgoers Don't Live on Fried Food Alone: 100 Years of Clay County Fair Traditions.

The task was daunting for the self-proclaimed "fair nobody." The desire to preserve deserving stories, however, was strong. Recorded interviews from Clay County Heritage Museum and Spencer Historical Preservation Committee further ignited her quest for more research. During the next ten-month research commitment, stories and anecdotes accumulated.

Arla and her husband Herb, along with their dog Lizzie, live on an acreage in Clay County, Iowa. Both Herb and Arla are avid gardeners, hikers and pickle ball players. They also enjoy travel and family gatherings.

 

Arla's Children's Book

Buy the My Pet is a Dachshund Book

Lizzie is the main character of Arla's children's book My Pet Is a Dachshund. While Lizzie may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, Arla admits that she is smart enough to have her owners wrapped around her paw!

My Pet Is a Dachshund was written to accompany a stuffed animal, made by Arla's sister, Ardy Proehl, a retired nurse. Arla's grandchildren are the proud illustrators of the book.

Buy the Book and Stuffed Animal

Buy the My Pet is a Dachshund Book
Buy the My Pet is a Dachshund Book
Buy the My Pet is a Dachshund Book