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      Vendors find State Fair a success

      Over the last four years, the U.P. State fair has grown, not only into a huge family attraction, but also a spot for vendors.

      Tom Ranguette with The Fish House says this year, he's served more than 1,000 pounds of fillets and a ton of potatoes. He says fairgoers' favorite would have to be the deep fried whitefish.

      "Customers have just been fantastic and how they've received us; the compliments we've been getting on our fish. They're fresh daily from the Peterson brothers in the Garden Peninsula," said Tom Ranguette.

      Ranguette says he only does two fairs each year. He also plans to be at the Dickinson County Fair.

      More than 100 vendors participated in the State Fair this year including first time vendor Rebecca Ingebrigtsen with "We Be Poppin' Kettle Corn."

      They sell a gluten-free Michigan grown popcorn and make them in different flavors like blue raspberry.

      "It's been really successful for us. We've had a lot of repeat customers, some people coming back every day. People just love the product. We've been featuring a new flavor every day of the week. So we've got people coming back looking for that," said Rebecca Ingebrigtsen.

      Big Ole was also a site to see. The carving started from a tree on the fairground years ago and was finished this week by Marie Serafin with Woodworks Chainsaw Carvings.

      "In the beginning, we thought he might have been Paul Bunyan's blacksmith, but in the end it turned out Big Ole was Paul Bunyan's camp cookie," said John Mykkanen, also with Woodworks Chainsaw Carvings.

      The carving will remain on display at the fairgrounds.

      Officials say more than 100,000 people came out to visit this year.