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Bouncy houses take center stage at St. Louis County Fair

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PROCTOR, MN-- The South St. Louis County Fair turns a century-old this year.

Event organizers say they're excited for the fair to make a comeback after COVID-19.

"We have the little duck ponds for the kids, the ring toss, and inside the big building we have the cakewalk," said Fair Secretary Mary Korich. "We reached out to the community and asked them what they wanted. They wanted a lot of bounces this year, things [to be] a little different. And we certainly got different this year."

This year those bouncy houses played an even bigger role than years past.

DSM Inflatable from Des Moines, Iowa was the vendor bringing the rides like the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round.

On their way here, a car accident left their truck rolled over, leaving the county fair organizers scrambling for other ideas

The Irving Community club in West Duluth came to the rescue.
Renting bouncy houses from local party stores all so the show could go on.

"We knew there would be nothing here for the children," said Kathy Resberg, President Irving Community Club. "We said let's do this, let's find these things. And believe me, it's Doucette Party and London Road Party, those guys came through with flying colors."

Event organizers say the support has made this 100th anniversary even more special.

"We were hoping for bigger and better, but you know what," said Korich. "We'll settle for what we got because it meant a lot what the community did."

Event organizers are anticipating 2,000 spectators to attend the monster truck shows on Friday and Saturday.

The St. Louis County Public Health Department has also set up a free covid vaccine clinic at the fairgrounds.

They say anyone who's eligible for a shot can get one while they're here.

For more fair information, click here.

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Emma Quinn

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