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Workers assemble the stages Tuesday for Sonshine Festival near the Willmar Civic Center grounds. The Christian music festival begins at 7 p.m. tonight with a free show by Switchfoot. More than 100 bands are a part of the lineup. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Sonshine begins tonight with free show by Switchfoot


WILLMAR -- For four days a year, Bob Poe is the mayor of Tent City.

A small retinue surrounds him wherever he goes, asking about stage assembly, plumbing supplies and parking. As he talks to one person, he's interrupted by a cell phone call from another.

As the chief decision maker here in a soon-to-be sprawling mass of tents, RVs, food stands and skate parks, Poe is in high demand these days.

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