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Thursday at the fair (photos & video)

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The Fireball ride provides thrills for a group of daring fairgoers Thursday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press) 3 / 10
Bentley Witter, 11, and Ashlee Drewes, 15, of Alexandria, wage war against the enemy during laser tag at the Douglas County Fair on Thursday. Each fighter got three "lives." (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)4 / 10
People watch from the fence during dairy cow judging Thursday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press) 5 / 10
Alexandria Lions Club members help collect cash and keep the bingo games running at the Douglas County Fair. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)6 / 10
During goat judging, Thursday morning, 4H members and helpers hold their goats on the side of the arena. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)7 / 10
Two sheep eat hay Thursday morning while wearing colorful covers to keep the flys away and to keep their legs clean. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press) 8 / 10
Ella Sanden and her brother, Ryan, wash their steer in preparation for display on Thursday and judging on Friday. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press) 9 / 10
Food vendors prepare for the first day of the Douglas County Fair Thursday morning in Calorie Lane. The fair runs Thursday through Sunday. Click right and left arrows on the sides of the photo to see more photos. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)10 / 10

The Douglas County Fair in Alexandria starts Thursday morning and runs through Sunday evening. Check back throughout the day for more photos and video. Click right and left arrows on the sides of the photo to see more photos.