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Work on this year's Sonshine Festival stages and lighting was well under way by early Monday afternoon at the Willmar Civic Center. A free concert Wednesday night kicks off the full festival that runs from Thursday through Saturday. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

Free concert Wednesday kicks off Sonshine

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WILLMAR -- Starting today, an estimated 20,000 people will make their way to Willmar for one of the largest Christian music festivals in the United States.

The camping area opens today, and the 29th annual Sonshine Festival will begin Wednesday evening with a free concert by Remedy Drive and Family Force 5. Before the festival ends on Saturday evening, 171 bands will perform, the most the festival has ever hosted, according to festival director Bob Poe.

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