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4-H Shines At the Olmsted County Fair

July 22, 2019 11:07 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Olmsted County Fair is open for business, despite some last-minute changes.

Tuesday night’s headliner at the grandstand dropped out last Friday and storms over the weekend soaked the fairgrounds, but Monday’s mild weather was a welcome relief.

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The fair board is expecting 200,000 people to come out for the festivities, which run through July 28.

There are new vendors and big headliners at the grandstand, with Lee Brice performing Wednesday and Nelly performing Thursday, but the real stars are the 4-H participants.

Makenzie Alberts and Brooklyn Radtke, both from Pine Island, are no newbies at the fair.

Between the two of them, and Alberts’s brother, they’re showing 10 head of cattle this week.

“It takes a lot of preparation in order to get ready for this week at the fair but yes, like you said, today is our first day here and there’s been a lot of stress,” Alberts said.

The two 15-year-olds said they’ve been with their animals every day, all summer long.

“Obviously school is a lot of work, but it’s just a different kind of work. We do it because we love it,” Radtke said.

There’s a 4-H show Tuesday and the FFA Dairy Show is Friday.

As always, the fair is free, but daily parking on the grounds costs $5. A week-long parking pass costs $20.

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Alice Keefe

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