WILLMAR — At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Kandiyohi County Fair officially opened with style as Dennie Kline, a United States Army veteran, raised the American flag to the tune of “Stars and Stripes Forever” played by the Prairie Winds Concert Band. The Kandiyohi County Fair designed Wednesday’s program to honor United States military veterans from all branches.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Fair officially opens today at 11 a.m.
WILLMAR — Preparations for the Kandiyohi County Fair began on Monday and will continue until the fair opens to the public at 11 a.m.
WILLMAR — A rainy start to the day on Saturday was not enough to dampen Sonshine Festival goers’ spirits as the festival powered through the final day with strong line ups on every stage. The music on the Main Stage on Saturday began with the winner of the Sonshine Music Tournament, Good Morning Bedlam.
WILLMAR — Like any annual music festival, Sonshine draws a specific and predictable crowd. However, the community that has been shaped since the festival’s start in 1981 is unique in how positive the message and how family friendly the environment have remained. “It is my first year here but I love the atmosphere,” said Sophia Mattera during an interview on Thursday. “It is so cool to see so many different types of people gathered in one place for music and worship.” The community seems to be something that people of all ages enjoy about Sonshine.
WILLMAR — Sonshine hit the ground running on Thursday as more than 50 different musical artists performed from 11 a.m. on Thursday until 1:30 a.m.
WILLMAR — There was a general excitement on the festival grounds as Sonshine officially began Wednesday in Willmar.
WILLMAR — On Tuesday campers were setting up campsites, stage crews were building the stages, food vendors were trickling in with their trailers and local Willmar stores were preparing for increased sales before Sonshine’s concerts begin tonight at 6 p.m. The cool weather yesterday was a relief for the workers who helped set up the stage since in previous years the weather has been known to be blazing hot with sunny skies. According to Bob Poe, festival director, it takes four semi-trucks to haul all of the sound equipment, lighting equipment and stages to the festival.
WILLMAR — Gretchen Kray is a humble and optimistic 10-year cancer fighter who has helped fill a gap in the local community by sewing hats for chemotherapy patients who lose their hair. During Kray’s eight-cycle stint of chemotherapy from October 2013 into March of 2014, she lost her hair. In response, the American Cancer Society at Rice Cancer Center gave her a wig and a friend gave her a cloth hat and sold her a fleece cap to wear in the cold months. “People kept asking me, ‘Where did you get that hat? I love it!” said Kray during an interview.
NEW LONDON — Large amounts of rain, high lake levels and strong winds in June all contributed to multiple bogs breaking free from the shore of Norway Lake near New London.