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Colorful tents dot the Midway landscape set against the Perham skyline as shown here Friday evening from atop the Ferris Wheel at the East Otter Tail County Fair. With free gate admission for the first time this year, organizers reported an increase in attendance at the 2009 EOT fair.

Free admission boosts 2009 East Otter Tail fair success

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PERHAM - It was a "free-for-all" at the East Otter Tail County Fair July 23-26, and based on preliminary numbers - it was a success.

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This is the first year the fair board opened the gates for free admission. With no gate charge, it is difficult to arrive at attendance numbers, but according to fair board president Pete Zavodil, attendance for the 2009 fair was estimated at 7,000. This compares to about 5,000 last year, when there was an admission charge at the gate.

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