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Olmsted County Fair has big opening night

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Olmsted County Fair is off to a roaring start, as food vendors and attractions are reporting the strongest opening in a decade.

"Some of the food vendors, who've been here about 30 years, said it was the best opening night in about 10 years, " Terry Leary, Olmsted County Fair Board president, said Wednesday.

Leary attributes this year's opening night success to several factors, including the fact that admission to the fair is free, and that the fair offers many things to do. Leary said the carnival rides, the Miracle of Birth Center, a milkhouse where fairgoers can watch cows being milked, the reptile zoo, plus many free events for children are all popular attractions this year.

Rides are also a big attraction at the fair, and according to Richard Hanson of Goldstar Amusements, the midway at this year's fair is the biggest yet.

"Goldstar Amusements has the biggest midway that the Olmsted County Fair has ever had this year, including rides that have never been here before," Hanson told KTTC Wednesday.

The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Rochester. We'll have continuing coverage through the week on KTTC NewsCenter and here on kttc.com.

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