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Despite rain and mud, most county fair activities on schedule

Mud boots were popular footwear Thursday at the Kandiyohi County Fair, where heavy rains Wednesday night turned the Willmar fairgrounds into a muddy mess. Paris Lozano, left, and Alex Suchy, both 15-years-old from New London, were at the fair tending to Suchy's 4-H and FFA animals. (Carolyn Lange / Tribune)

WILLMAR -- Rain shut down some activities at the Kandiyohi County Fair Wednesday night, and crews were smoothing out muddy ruts on the Willmar fairgrounds Thursday and trying to drain 3 to 4 feet of water from the grandstand.

Nearly the entire racetrack in the grandstand was covered with water.

According to County Fair Board President Darrell Fostervold, water was being pumped into a settling pond and then into Willmar Lake, which borders the fairgrounds.

The demolition derby scheduled for Thursday night was postponed, and may be held sometime this fall, he said.

The 4-H Arena was turned into a muddy mess and the horse show that was to be held Thursday has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, with alternate dates for later this month if there’s more rain this week.

“It was like a lake in there,” Fostervold said.

Although the grounds are still soggy, Fostervold said volunteers are working to get it back in shape for the fair, which continues through Saturday night.

“Things are ready to go. We’re ready to have a fair again,” he said.