SAUK RAPIDS -- The sites, sounds and smells are in full swing at day one of the Benton County Fair Tuesday.

The week long celebration offers fun for the whole family with the Midway Carnival, plenty of exhibits and shows and of course lots of fair food.

There are even several new exhibits to the fair this year including the Remembering Our Fallen National Traveling Memorial.

Benton County Fair Director Chad Pflipsen says this is the first ever stop for the exhibit on its tour across the country.

"It's going to end up in Washington D.C. within a month, New York City, there is a whole list of places they are going."

The memorial is a photographic display honoring our country's fallen who have died since 9/11/2001. This is a first-of-its-kind national memorial and includes over 7,000 pictures.

"It's a really go showing about what war is all about. War ain't cheap you know."

Fair Volunteer Tom Tauber helped bring in the exhibit. He says national memorials like this are not easy to get.

"There are a lot of these exhibits out there but it's tough to get them, you have to start a year a head of time."

He says it's great the traveling exhibit can make it's first stop at the fair, and says the memorial hits close to home.

"I'm a veteran myself and bringing this in just to honor these people no matter what war they were in is great."

The Remembering Our Fallen memorial is near the old school house building on the fairgrounds.

The Benton County Fair runs through Sunday.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

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