ELK RIVER -- The annual Sherburne County Fair is kicking off another year, giving one particular volunteer a chance to catch up with many familiar faces.

"I would say probably half the people on these fairgrounds I've had in the classroom at one time or another," says Marv Ziner, who has volunteered at the fair for 42 years.

Ziner, who taught agriculture for 20 years, has lived in Elk River since 1968 and says volunteering has always been a passion of his.

"I just like working with people," Ziner says. "I've always been volunteer-based -- I was active with the boy scouts for many years and also volunteered at the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge."

In his over four decades with the fair, Ziner says it has seen its share of challenges.

"We had the problem with the land's lease ewas [expired] this past year," Ziner says. "We have now signed a new 10-year lease."

"We weathered that storm, I think we're going to be in good shape -- it should be good now."

The Sherburne County Fair continues Friday with several festivities including the 1980s tribute band Hairball.

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON