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Fair draws a big crowd

After a slow start to the Carlton County Fair on a hot Thursday, attendance numbers rose as the temperatures dropped.

"It was absolutely full on Saturday," said fair manager Lindsey Larson. "We thought we were going to run out of parking. Vendors ran out of food, the midway (people) said they did awesome. When we looked out the window of the office, it was hectic."

She wasn't exaggerating. The back parking lot was nearly full by noon Saturday and fairgoers had to take a long walk to get to the rides, barns and other attractions. Some people waited in line for more than an hour to get their fav...