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Travis Hanson, a Target team leader, stocks shelves Monday at the store on First Street South in Willmar. Local stores are expecting increased sales this weekend as the city will practically double in size when thousands arrive mid-week for Sonshine, the annual Christian music festival held on the Civic Center grounds. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Economic impact of Willmar, Minn., Sonshine festival could be up to $4M

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WILLMAR -- From fast-food restaurants to gas stations to grocery stores, local businesses are stocking up for the Sonshine music festival.

"You plan for everything," said Corissa Jones, store manager of the Willmar McDonald's restaurant.

Starting Wednesday, the city's population will double with the 20,000 Christian music fans expected to attend this year's outdoor festival on the grounds of the Willmar Civic Center.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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