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If you're heading to the Fair on Thursday...

Posted at 5:37 PM on August 23, 2006 by Bill Wareham

...try to stop by the MPR booth at Judson and Nelson at 11 a.m.. Gary Eichten and the Midday crew will be broadcasting live. In the 11 o'clock hour meteorologist and all-around good guy Mark Seeley will be conducting his annual weather quiz for fun and prizes (no gambling, though!) The noon hour will feature a debate among the candidates vying for the DFL nomination for the 5th District congressional seat (basically Minneapolis and a little suburban territory for those of you who don't have your district maps handy.)

If you can't make Midday (hey, maybe there's an important livestock judging event at the same time), there are a couple of other worthwhile events going on at the booth. Multi-instrumentalist Martin Dosh will perform at 1:30 p.m.. Words don't do this guy justice - check out this video to get a taste of his abilities. And fans of the weird-but-charming band The Flaming Lips won't want to miss lead Lip Wayne Coyne visiting The Current's Mary Lucia about 3:45 or so.