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Linn County Fair sells punny t-shirts to raise money after tornado

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Today marks the first day of the Linn County fair and a unique fundraiser is going on to raise money to help make the fairgrounds safer. 

This comes after a tornado swept through Central City last year while an estimated 1,000 people were at the fair, thankfully no one was hurt. 

Currently the P.A. system at the fair does not reach the entire fairground so during last year's tornado some people didn't know what was going on. 

The hope this year is to raise enough money to get a new P.A. system that would cover the entire fairground and warn everyone if there were another emergency.

"I mean what do you do when you're stuck at the fair? There isn't much to do but just hunker down," says Deb Klouda, Owner at Cruise Inn Concessions. 

"The funnel cloud started kind of where the camping, where you see the camper is there is where it developed. And then it moved more across the back of the grand stand track," Heidi Steffen told us, Marketing Manager at the fair. 

The new PA system will cost $5,000.

The t-shirts that are being sold to raise money say, "come for the funnel clouds, stay for the funnel cakes."

Shirts are being sold online as well as at the fair store, they are $15 each. 


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