This year, some of the biggest changes to the fairgrounds since a Depression-era spurt of construction will bring a fresh look to the Great Minnesota Get-Together while paying homage to those ties that bind generations. The changes are part of more than two dozen new attractions and exhibits.
SO, IF YOU ...
... Loved the old
A cluster of new buildings includes: the fair History & Heritage Center, which showcases artifacts and photos over the past 150 years; the Schell's Stage and
... Take the bus: The new transit hub in the northwest corner of the fair -- near the West End Market -- should get you in and out more safely and efficiently. No more crossing
... Miss those streetcars: You will walk under a beautifully restored, sky-blue metal archway that dates from the 1930s at the new West End Gate as you pass through the transit hub. The sign, long forgotten in overgrown brush in a far corner of the fairgrounds, once stood at the
... Like newspapers, and who doesn't?:
... Make a beeline for the Mighty Midway: There will be four new ways for hurling your body around in ways nature never intended -- the Crazy Dance, Hurricane, Rock It and Stinger. The names say it all.
... Like to think while munching on a Pronto Pup: "The Common Table," an interactive exhibit at the
... Are up for about anything: Researchers from more than 30
... Thought Trigger was the talented one: The horse show will feature more free competitions, breeds and demonstrations than ever before. Highlights include the Freestyle Liberty competition, where horses without riders or restraint strut their stuff to music.
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