Minnesota State Fair Grounds

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Minnesota State Fair Grounds

Grandstand, Dan Patch Avenue, 2001
City/locality-
State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Fairgrounds
Current Function: Fairgrounds

Saint Paul Ramsey

Minnesota State Fair Grounds
(44.98022095615927° N, 93.17152976989746° WLatitude: 44°58′48.795″N
Longitude: 93°10′17.507″W
)


For a number of years in the early 20th century, Minneapolis and St. Paul unions paraded to the Fair Grounds on Labor Day, where they met for a joint celebration.

http://www.mnstatefair.org/

Contents

Fair History

After four years of territorial fairs, the first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859 near what became downtown Minneapolis, the year after Minnesota was granted statehood.

During the fair's early years, the site of the exposition changed annually with stops in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Red Wing, Winona and Owatonna. In the 1870s and early 1880s, civic groups from both St. Paul and Minneapolis worked relentlessly to provide a permanent home for the fair in their respective cities. The Minnesota State Fair finally found a permanent home at its present location, midway between the Twin Cities when the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners donated their 210-acre poor farm to the State Agricultural Society, the governing body of the State Fair.

Secure in its new surroundings, the Minnesota State Fair began to grow. Physically, the fairgrounds blossomed to 320 acres. Architecturally, it is home for many historically-significant structures including the Arts Center, Progress Center, Grandstand and Coliseum (formerly known as the Hippodrome).

An important change in the State Fair over the years has been in the attractions offered to fair visitors. The character of early fairs was dominated by agricultural exhibits and competitions, reflecting its original purpose of encouraging farming in the state. While agriculture is still the primary focus, the scope of activities has broadened to include large-scale entertainment features, technological and industrial exhibits and scores of education and government institutions.

Since its inception, the fair has been held every year with only five exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic.


Memories and stories

Badges

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Saint Paul Labor History Tour


Photo Gallery

Photos from Mn State Fair Org

Related Links

Minnesota State Fair Website

[1] Grandstand Acts

[2] Food Booths

[3] State Fair

Agriculture Building

[4] Seed Lady

Grandstand
2003 Renovation and history [5]

Grandstanding [6]


Books
[7] Great Minnesota Get Together

[8] Blue Ribbon

[9] Illustrated History

[10]Seed Queen

Videos
Gail Frost [11]

Food on a Stick [12]

Butter Carving [13]

Good Question: How did the State Fair Start? [14]

Architecture at the Minnesota State Fair [15]

Notes

    Buildings on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds

    # Street
    Ye Old Mill, 1694 Carnes Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16941,694 Carnes Avenue
    1774 Carnes Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 17741,774 Carnes Avenue
    Horticulture Building, 1263 Cooper Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12631,263 Cooper Street
    Bandshell, 1302 Cooper Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13021,302 Cooper Street
    Lunch Box, 1350 Cooper Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13501,350 Cooper Street
    J.V. Bailey House, 1263 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12631,263 Cosgrove Street
    Officers Quarters, 1264 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12641,264 Cosgrove Street
    Information Booth, 1291 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12911,291 Cosgrove Street
    Administration Building, 1291 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12911,291 Cosgrove Street
    Admin Too/Service Building, 1292 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12921,292 Cosgrove Street
    Police Substation East, 1321 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13211,321 Cosgrove Street
    Creative Activities Building, 1342 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13421,342 Cosgrove Street
    Spaghetti Village, 1367 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13671,367 Cosgrove Street
    Education Building, 1372 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13721,372 Cosgrove Street
    Modern Living Building, 1402 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 14021,402 Cosgrove Street
    4-H Building, 1412 Cosgrove, Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 14121,412 Cosgrove Street
    Fine Arts Center, 1412 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 14121,412 Cosgrove Street
    Kiwanis Club Diner, 1434 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 14341,434 Cosgrove Street
    Water Tower, 1530 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 15301,530 Cosgrove Street
    Saint Bernard's Dining Hall, 1626 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16261,626 Dan Patch Avenue
    Merchandise Mart Building, 1640 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16401,640 Dan Patch Avenue
    Democratic Farmer Labor Party Booth, 1641 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16411,641 Dan Patch Avenue
    Minnesota AFL-CIO, 1657 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16571,657 Dan Patch Avenue
    Hamline United Methodist Church Dining Hall, 1667 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16671,667 Dan Patch Avenue
    Crossroads Building, 1670 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16701,670 Dan Patch Avenue
    Visitors Plaza, 1677 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16771,677 Dan Patch Avenue
    Butterfly House, 1697 Dan Patch Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16971,697 Dan Patch Avenue
    Haunted House, 1676 Judson Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16761,676 Judson Avenue
    Dairy Building (F.M.A. Empire Commons), 1694 Judson Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16941,694 Judson Avenue
    Sheep and Poultry Barn, 1785 Judson, Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 17851,785 Judson Avenue
    Cattle Barn, 1834 Judson Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 18341,834 Judson Avenue
    Horse Barn, 1835 Judson, Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 18351,835 Judson Avenue
    Salem Luthern Dining Hall, 1615 Randall Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16151,615 Randall Avenue
    Progress Center, 1621 Randell Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 16211,621 Randall Avenue
    Swine Barn, 1227 Stevens Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 12271,227 Stevens Avenue
    OES Dining Hall, 1315 Underwood Street, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 13151,315 Underwood Street
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