Fairfax Day, January 18, 2016 20 Jan 15

Businesses

The City of Fairfax shares a school district with the communities of Gibbon and Winthrop, to form GFW. Their mascot is the Thunderbird. The middle school is located in Fairfax.

Fairfax is home to the main office of South Central Grain and Energy, the organization formerly known as South Central Co-Op. South Central merged with United Grain and Energy in 2006. They also have offices in Franklin, Gibbon, Hector, and Cosmos.

Fairfax is home to an assisted living facility. The Fairfax Community Home receives high marks for quality in statewide surveys of nursing homes.

Fairfax has a business that makes beach cleaners. They are called Harley Incorporated.

 

Festivals & Events

The City of Fairfax celebrated its 125th Birthday in 2007. Events at the Quasquicentennial celebration included a medallion hunt, a Queen Pageant, street dances, baseball tournaments, a cemetery walk, a parade, numerous kid’s games, a bike rally on the city’s recreational trail, arts and crafts shows, a classic car cruise-in, bingo games, an all-class reunion, and lots of food.

A Home-Based Business Expo typically takes place in Fairfax in October. The event includes Fall and Christmas shopping ideas from Fairfax area vendors.

The Fairfax Jaycees “Summer Celebration” takes place every June. The festival includes sports tournaments, lots of food, kids games, the crowning of a new Miss Fairfax, and much more.

 

People

The City of Fairfax has a population of approximately 1,300 people. The Mayor is Lois Gilles. The City Administrator is Jenny Hazelton.

The Fairfax Police Department strives to provide important services to the community of Fairfax. The Chief of Police is Scott Froehlich. He also works for the city of Gibbon part-time as a police officer and the Renville County Sheriff’s Office as a part-time deputy. Scott is also on the Fairfax Fire, Rescue and Ambulance Departments.

The members of the Fairfax Fire Department include:

Fire Chief Joel Grejtak

Assistant Chief Mike Kiecker

1st Captain James Schroeder

2nd Captain Kevin Schweiss

Secretary Petrea Mikety

Ambulance Captain Katie Grams

Ambulance 1st Lieutenant Erin Curran

2nd Lieutenant Alisha Schmidt

The Fairfax Newspaper is the Standard Messenger and Gazette which serves the communities of Fairfax, Franklin, Gibbon and Morgan. The Standard-Gazette is a combination of the Fairfax Standard and the Gibbon Gazette. The Standard-Gazette & Messenger was formed on October 1, 2013 when the Morgan Messenger was combined with the Standard-Gazette.

The Fairfax School is combined with the communities of Gibbon and Winthrop. The Superintendent of Schools is Tami Martin.

The Elementary School is located in Gibbon and the Principal is Jennifer Thompson

The Middle School is located in Fairfax and the Principal is Ralph Fairchild.

The High School is located Winthrop and the Principal is Bernadine Sauter.

Each year in June a summer festival  is held called Dayz of Thunder where Miss Fairfax and her royalty is crowned. Miss Fairfax is Raelin Wiethoff. First princess is Amber Clobes and Senior Ambassador is Angela Kiecker. Little Miss Fairfax is Haley Strain.

GFW Homecoming King and Queen 2015 are Nolan Huiras and Claire Leitheiser. GFW also holds a winter coronation that has not taken place yet.

 

History

The City of Fairfax was founded in 1882 by the President of the railroad, Mr. Ryder.

 Fairfax is located in Renville County near the Minnesota River valley on Highways 19 and 4. Fort Ridgely State Park is also near Fairfax.

The original name given to the new town by Railroad President Ryder was “Cairo” — but another town already had that name. It was renamed Fairfax after the county seat in Virginia where Ryder lived.

Fairfax is near the sites of key battles in the 1862 Sioux Uprising. These include the Fort Ridgely and Birch Coulee battlefields.

A famous Fairfax native is Dana Kiecker, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox. In 1990 he was the starting pitcher in game 2 of the American League Championship series.

Another famous baseball player from Fairfax is Charles “Lefty” Johnson, who had a legendary career with many Minnesota teams from the 1930′s to the 50′s.