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Carnival worker gives birth at Freeborn County Fair

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Freeborn County Fair in Albert Lea is in full swing, and just as events were getting going on Tuesday one of the carnival workers surprisingly gave birth to a bouncing bundle of joy. 

Some are even calling the birth of the young child a "Miracle on the Midway."

The 2012 Freeborn County Fair is certainly one people will never forget.

"I've never heard of it at any fair, now maybe that's happened, but I've never heard of it," explains Norman Fredin, the Freeborn County Fair Manager.

A child is born on the first day of the fair in the bathroom next to the cattle barn.

"Well, we were heading home from down there and we walked passed the bathrooms down there and the ambulance pulled up and they were putting somebody in the ambulance," explains Connor, a young man from Winona who was at the fair during the excitement. "We really didn't know what was going on, but then the next night we heard that one of the people gave birth here."

Carnival workers say that the mother went to use the restroom Tuesday night. Soon after, the ambulance arrived and a child was born.

Both mother and child were transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea to be looked over and examined.

It is not unusual to have a birth at the county fair, but to have a live human birth?

That is almost unheard of.

"No, I've never experienced that in the 17 years I've been around," says Fredin. "I've talked with some old timers and they haven't experienced it either."

An unusual beginning to the Freeborn County Fair, but one that a brand new family will surely remember for a lifetime.

Both the mother and child were back at the fair Thursday but declined an interview.

They are both doing just fine and are ready to enjoy some time as a family.

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