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Children were theme of last day at Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar

Keilynn Swenson of WIllmar, 7, paints a tool box Saturday during Kids' Day at the Kandiyohi County Fair. Tribune photo by Jasmine Maki2 / 2

WILLMAR -- With a chance to meet the Stingers baseball players, compete in a pedal pull and build a bird house, excited young kids filled the fairgrounds Saturday for Kids' Day at the Kandiyohi County Fair.

Parents and friends cheered from the sidelines as their young ones were called one by one to take the mini tractors in the T & T Pedal Pull competition at the 4-H arena.

"Remember kiddos, start fast and get a little lean in," Judy Sperr of Hawley said to the kids while they waited for their turn.

About 100 kids ranging in age from 4 to 11 years old competed in the pedal pull for a chance to receive a trophy and move on to the state competition. Several 2-year-old and 3-year-old kids also pedaled for fun.

Sperr, who helped organized the pedal pull, said, "When you have this many kids for a 9:30 pull, you're doing good."

Kids' Day was the theme of the final day of the Kandiyohi County Fair at the fairgrounds in north Willmar.

Other young kids, along with their parents and grandparents, joined workers Saturday from Home Depot for a kids' workshop, where youngsters and their parents could build and paint together.

"We're working on a moving truck," said Katie Thompson of Pennock.

"And I got four wheels," her son, Colton, 3, added.

As he waited for his mom to read the instructions, Colton held the hammer, "I just want to pound them," he said.

"I'm going to lose my fingers," Katie said with a laugh as she held the pieces together and Colton did his best to hammer.

Alex Nelson, an ambitious 9-year-old from Willmar, built a bug catcher, sail boat and a bird house all on his own.

"He's building everything," his mom, Amy Nelson of Willmar, said. "We didn't realize it was kids' day until we headed in, but it's nice because it gives them a lot to do."

Along with the pedal pull and Home Depot kids workshop, kids could also enjoy crafts with 4-H'ers.

"We're making seed mosaics, worry dolls and piñatas, and we're doing face painting," said Mary Carlson of Willmar. "The worry dolls take all your worries away."

Next to the craft tables, Balloon Boy Soren Twedt of Willmar twisted balloons into poodles, guitars and flowers for young kids.

"I twisted my first balloon when I was 5 years old," Twedt said. I like making little kids happy.

And that's exactly what he did as he handed balloons to the little kids -- their eyes lit up and smiles filled their faces.

"All the kids' smiles here is just the best," said Tom Gustafson, president of the fair.

Arriving with excitement for the day ahead and leaving with arms full of treats, toys and new creations, many fair-goers agreed that Kids' Day was a success.