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Two boys with a mule at Children's Barnyard
City kids get up-close and personal with a mule at the Children's Barnyard. Photo: Henry A. Simacek, Sr. courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together (Minnesota State Fair)

One of the nation's largest and best-attended agricultural and educational entertainments, the fair attracts over 1.6 million people annually from Minnesota, the U.S., and Canada. Free entertainment on six stages, along with ten nights of nationally known entertainers, make it the event of the summer in Minnesota. Originally attended primarily by farmers and their families, the fair still showcases the finest agriculture and livestock in the state. Hands-on educational exhibits for non-farmers have been added to the standard livestock displays. The 12-day exposition has been held since 1885 on 340 acres of fairgrounds located between the downtown areas of St. Paul and Minneapolis. (The first state fair was in 1859, but the site was rotated each year.) The project includes historical text, 11 photographs, brochures, a poster, and copies of six annual reports for the fair, including an 1880 and an 1899 report.

Originally submitted by: Rod Grams, Senator.



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