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County fair wraps up, records set, full house at evening events

The Blues Brothers tribute band 1060 West Addison Blues, made up of local musicians, performs Saturday night on the Heritage Square Stage. A video of activities at the fair is online at Tribune photo by Ron Adams

WILLMAR — The 2013 Kandiyohi County Fair is in the record books, and from the sounds of it, the annual event probably set some records for attendance, sales and fun.

The official attendance figures hadn't been tallied Sunday afternoon, but Cheryl Johnson, fair secretary, reported that food and carnival vendors told her they set records during the four-day fair, which was blessed with gorgeous weather conditions.

The new events, including monster trucks on Friday night in the grandstand and the Old West Society cowboy re-enactors, who set up an encampment for the entire fair run, were very well received, Johnson said.

The new log cabin, office which houses the fair office, freed up the old log cabin for historical displays by the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and presentations, including the daily presentations by Doug Ohman, historical speaker and photographer from New Hope.

Johnson noted that the Historical Society has plenty of ideas for new and different displays each year in the old log cabin, so folks should expect something new from the county's history each year.

The evening entertainment, including the ranch sorting event, the bull riding and the demolition derby were all very well attended, Johnson said.

And, the $1,000 drawing each night helped the vendors, because fair visitors stayed around for the must-be-present-to-win contest. The American Dairy Association booth just kept on selling ice cream on Saturday night, because people kept buying their frozen treats.

The ADA folks told Johnson they've never closed as late on a Saturday evening as they did Saturday night, she said.

The four lucky winners of the big-money drawing were Lydia Finsaas of New London, Courtney Allinder of Willmar, Darcy Dimler of Willmar and Karen Skaggs of Pennock.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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