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Benton County fair running as planned in spite of storm damage

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More than 48 hours after storms tore through Vinton, the community has a small sense of normalcy.

"We're a little bit tattered and torn, but we're still standing," said Glenn Werning, who serves as vice president of the committee that helps put the fair on every year in Vinton.

For those who witnessed the immediate aftermath of Monday's storm, the thought of holding the annual county fair seemed unlikely.

"We had everything ready to go Saturday night, and it was just a total disaster by Monday morning," Werning said.

The newly constructed horse barn sustained the most significant amount of damage, while debris littered the fairgrounds.

After two days of intensive labor from volunteers, the weekend is set to continue as planned.

"People are going to need a break after so many days of this, and enjoy the fair," Werning said.

The fairgrounds saw large numbers turn out for Wednesday morning's 4-H event.

But escaping the devastation is next to impossible for some.

Northeast of the town of Garrison, David Behrens has his work cut out for him, figuring out how to clear the debris from the more than 30 trees he lost on his four-and-a-half acre plot of land.

"I'm thinking I'll probably stay here and keep cutting wood," he said.

The Benton County fair runs through Sunday.

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