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Marie Nilles-Melchert, 16, of Willmar grooms her horse, Sash, outside the horse barn Wednesday in preparation for judging at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar. Open horse judging kicks off a full schedule of events at 10 a.m. today. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Fair offers a bit of everything for everyone


Visitors from around the area flocked Wednesday to the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar for the county fair's opening day.

They came, though, for all sorts of different reasons.

For Lloyd and Julie Nelson of Atwater, it's all about the stock car racing at the Grandstand. They've been coming to see that, they said, for as long as they can remember. This year, they'll be watching their relative, Craig Christiansen, race his modified stock car.

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