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A fun-filled fair

Caleb Miller, 5, of Osakis shows his foot power with a pull-through run at Schmidt's Pedal Pull at the Douglas County Fair Sunday. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)1 / 2
Kendra Massmann of Osakis relaxes in the barn with her entry for the Fall Calf Crossbreeds division after judging Thursday afternoon at the Douglas County Fair. (Lowell Anderson / Osakis Review)2 / 2

Another Douglas County Fair is in the history books and Osakis residents were part of it — entering 4-H categories, going on rides, munching on a corndog or just taking in the sights and sounds of the annual get-together.

The fair wrapped up a four-day run Sunday a little earlier than expected as heavy rains started pouring down shortly after 6 p.m. and didn't let up for several hours.

Brad Brejcha, vice president of the Douglas County Ag Association, said Sunday's rain caused the midway and vendors to shut down early, which he said could have a financial impact not only for the fair board, but also the vendors who lost sales because of closing down about four hours early.

"Sunday night was supposed to be the last wristband night for the rides, but because of the rain, that didn't happen," said Brejcha.

Despite Sunday's downpour, which caused flooding in the grandstand, Brejcha said overall it was a decent fair.

Although the official numbers aren't tallied yet, Brejcha said attendance was up on Thursday and Friday and about the same on Saturday compared to last year. He expects Sunday's attendance to be down because of the rain.

Don Kleine, president of the ag association who lives about a mile away from the fairgrounds, said he had about 4 inches in his home rain gauge.

"Except for the last part of Sunday, the weather was very cooperative this year," Kleine said. "Everything went well this year and it was another fabulous fair."

As for this year's entertainment, Brejcha said it was "well accepted," noting that the crowd to stay and watch the band on Saturday night was the "biggest crowd ever."

Overall, he said the fair board is happy with the attendance of this year's fair.

Kleine agreed, adding that the members of the fair board are ready to evaluate what worked and what maybe didn't so that they can already start planning for next year's Douglas County Fair.

Brejcha said the fair board is open to comments — good and bad — and that comments can be submitted either on the Douglas County Fair Facebook page or the fair's website,

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would love to hear from everyone. We like getting feedback," he said.

Brejcha also noted that anyone can join the ag association and that it is only $5 per year. Membership is the association is open to all residents of Douglas County and by becoming a member, Brejcha said, "It makes you a voting member."

More information can be found on the Douglas County Fair website.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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