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Evanston’s 42nd annual Custer Fair got off to a very damp start Saturday morning, but the forecast promises near-perfect festival weather today with mostly sunny skies and a high around 82 degrees.

When the precipitation was just a drizzle, kids watched a magician perform in the middle of Main Street.

And even the rain-diminished crowd posed a bit of a challenge for a stilt walker.

But when the rain got heavy, performers working under the Metra viaduct seemed to have picked the right spot.

Food stand operators could hope that business would be steaming as the day progressed and the weather improved.

And a pair of huskies didn’t seem to mind the rain at all as their people pondered stocking up on treats.

What could you get at the fair? Well just about anything that might be considered art or craft — including these driftwood chairs and tables.

The Custer Fair, in the Chicago-Main business district, runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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