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'Water guy' offers entertainment and hydration outside State Fair

Carlos Hollis returned for a third year outside the Minnesota State Fair's main gates.

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — The record-setting crowds at the Minnesota State Fair were treated to a little extra entertainment once again this year, before even setting foot on the Fairgrounds.

Carlos Hollis set up shop near the Fair's main gate to sell two-dollar bottles of water to people entering the Fairgrounds. However, Hollis is more than just a street vendor; he wears a t-shirt with the words "I'm Your Water Guy," and often sings to the passing crowds, usually by adding water-themed lyrics to popular songs like "Old Town Road."

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"It's creative for one," Hollis said. "And for two, it's shocking because you don't see people do it."

Hollis now lives in Alabama, but used to live in Minnesota, and is in his third year selling water at the Minnesota State Fair.

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"I love the smile on people's faces, so that's why I come back every year," Hollis said. "This is the main reason, coming to the State Fair, seeing everyone gather around me, cheering me up. Enthusiasm is the key."