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When it comes to the State Fair, some of us like to see and do the same things year after year. But if you're looking to try something new, the folks at the fair have come out with this year's list of additions to the Get-Together.
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When it comes to the State Fair, some of us like to see and do the same things year after year. But if you're looking to try something new, the folks at the fair have come out with this year's list of additions to the Get-Together.

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