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'A Don't Hug Me County Fair' comes to Glenwood

Photo courtesy of Doug Engalla The cast of "A Don't Hug Me County Fair" includes (left to right) Brad MacDonald, Katherine Brunk, Tom Lommel, Tom Gibis and Judy Heneghan.

From Los Angeles, "A Don't Hug Me County Fair" is coming to the Central Square Cultural Center in Glenwood.

The smash hit musical starts today, Friday, August 27 and ends tomorrow, Saturday, August 28. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $18 per person, with groups of 10 or more $15 per person.

For tickets, call toll-free at 1-866-497-0400 or call (320) 634-0400.

About the play

It's county fair time in Bunyan Bay, which means one thing to Gunner and Clara Johnson, owners of a little bar called The Bunyan - the Miss Walleye Queen Competition.

Bernice, the pretty waitress, sees this as her big chance to win Miss Walleye Queen, to be discovered and more importantly, to have her face carved in butter at the State Fair.

The trouble begins when Gunner's wife, Clara, decides she also wants to win Miss Walleye Queen and when Gunner's estranged twin sister, Trigger, shows up to try and win the beauty pageant, things get ugly.

The show features 19 original songs, including these favorites:

•Our Butter Face Queen.

•Pontoon Ladies.

•I'm Just a Pretty Forest Ranger.

•My Campfire is Burnin' For You.

•I'm a Bunyan Woman.

•If I Could Win Miss Walleye Queen.

The book and lyrics are by Phil Olson, who is a Minnesota native. He has written five award-winning plays that take place in small towns in Minnesota.

Olson grew up in Minneapolis and now lives in Los Angeles where he develops and works on his musicals.

The music is by Paul Olson, a music composer and brother of Phil. Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School.