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Painter Mike Colvin takes a break from painting the Pirate Ship ride at the Greater Grand Forks Fair during opening day Wednesday afternoon. Colvin, originally from Sedalia, Missouri, has been traveling with the fair painting rides for over a decade.

Colorful career for carnival ride painter

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Walking through the Greater Grand Forks Fair, the smells in the air changes every few feet, from freshly baked cookies and funnel cake to hot dogs and mini doughnuts.

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Strolling past the Gravitron and the Ferris wheel, another smell becomes apparent: wet paint.

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