Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together, as the fair is also known, has been held every year with a few exceptions since 1859, the year after Minnesota became a state.

The fair’s permanent home is 320 acres along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, where the fairgrounds' historically significant buildings are a big draw. Other big attractions include the various foods on a stick, carnival rides, livestock shows and grandstand performances.

Daily attendance for the two-week festival that ends on Labor Day) totaled more than 1.7 million in 2010.

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