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{{Infobox recurring event
 
|name= Minnesota State Fair
 
|logo=[[File:Minnesota State Fair Logo.png|frameless]]
 
|image= Fairchild.JPG
 
|imagesize=frameless
 
|caption= The State Fair Gopher 'Fairchild' greets fairgoers.
 
|location= [[Falcon Heights, Minnesota]]
 
|years_active= 1859–Present <br /> (excluding 1861, 1862, 1893, 1945, 1946)
 
|dates= 12 days before and including [[Labor Day]]
 
|genre= [[State fair]]
 
|attendance= 1,788,512 (2012)
 
|website= [http://www.mnstatefair.org/ www.mnstatefair.org]
 
}}
 
The '''Minnesota State Fair''' is the [[state fair]] of the [[U.S. state]] of [[Minnesota]]. Its slogan is "'''The Great Minnesota Get-Together.'''" It is the largest state fair in the [[United States]] by average daily attendance.<ref>{{cite web| title=2006 Detailed Daily Attendance| publisher =Minnesota State Fair| url =http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/attendance.html| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref> It is also the 2nd largest state fair in the [[United States]]<ref>http://www.carnivalwarehouse.com/lists/2010list.pdf</ref> by total attendance, trailing only the [[State Fair of Texas]], which generally runs twice as long as the Minnesota State Fair.<ref>{{cite web| title =Fiscal Notes, September 2003| publisher =Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts| month =September | year =2003| url =http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/fnotes/fn0309/big.html| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref> The state fairgrounds, adjoining the Saint Paul campus of the [[University of Minnesota]], are in [[Falcon Heights, Minnesota]], midway between the state's [[capital (political)|capital]] city of [[Saint Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul]] and its largest city, [[Minneapolis]], near the [[Como Park, Zoo, and Conservatory|Como Park]] and [[Saint Anthony Park, Saint Paul|Saint Anthony Park]] neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Residents of the state and region come to the fair to be entertained, exhibit their best [[livestock]], show off their abilities in a variety of fields including [[art]] and [[cooking]], learn about new products and services, and enjoy many different types of [[food]]&mdash;often on a stick. The fair runs for twelve days from late August into early September, ending on [[Labor Day]]. In 2009, attendance was 1,790,497, equivalent to about 34% of the state's population. That was up almost 100,000 from the previous year. In 2010, however, to
 
 
al attendance dipped by 14,000 to 1,776,211 despite setting daily attendance records on three days.<ref>{{cite web|title=2006–2008 Detailed Daily Attendance|url= http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/attendance.html|accessdate= 2009-11-22}}</ref>
 
 
==History==
 
[[File:Princess Kay-20100830.JPG|thumb|right|alt=Young woman standing on a purple float, behind a sign that says "Princess Kay of the Milky Way". Float is passing the Horticulture building. Fairchild, the fair's mascot, is at right.|Katie Miron of [[Hugo, Minnesota]], 2010 [[Princess Kay of the Milky Way]], in a parade]]
 
[[Minnesota Territory]] first held a Territorial Fair in 1854, although the first Minnesota State Fair didn't occur until 1859, the year after statehood. Since then, the fair has run annually except for five different years. In 1861 and 1862, the fair was not held because of the [[American Civil War|Civil War]] and the [[Dakota War of 1862]]. Scheduling issues between the fair and the [[World's Columbian Exposition]] in [[Chicago]], [[Illinois]] caused the 1893 show to be canceled. The fair again closed because of war in 1945, as [[fuel]] was in short supply. It was again closed in 1946 because of an outbreak of [[polio]].<ref name="presskit06">
 
{{cite press release
 
| title =Minnesota state fair 2006 press kit
 
| publisher = Minnesota state fair
 
| year = 2006
 
| url = http://www.mnstatefair.org/2006_pdf/PressKit_MSF2006.pdf
 
| accessdate = 2007-08-06 |format=PDF}}</ref>
 
In its early years during the 19th century, the fair was held in many different locations. Some were not far from the current site, but others were relatively far-flung, including years where it was held in [[Rochester, Minnesota|Rochester]], [[Owatonna, Minnesota|Owatonna]], and [[Winona, Minnesota|Winona]]. For a time in the 1870s, the [[Minneapolis-St. Paul|Twin Cities]] of [[Minneapolis, Minnesota|Minneapolis]] and St. Paul held competing fairs. Minneapolis, the younger city of the pair, eventually outdid its neighbor by staging the larger fair with the help of [[William S. King]].<ref>
 
{{cite book
 
| last = Marling
 
| first = Karal Ann
 
| title = Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair
 
| publisher = [[Minnesota Historical Society]] Press
 
| year = 1990
 
| isbn = 978-0-87351-252-7 }}
 
</ref>
 
In 1884, a [[committee]] was put together by the [[Minnesota State Agricultural Society]] to select a permanent site. One site that was considered was an area around [[Minnehaha Falls]], but the final site chosen was the [[Ramsey County, Minnesota|Ramsey County]] [[Poor farm|Poor Farm]], the fair's current site. It was a politically neutral site, being about halfway between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The fair first opened its doors there on September 7, 1885. The site was then 210 [[acre]]s (0.8&nbsp;km²), but now stands at 320 acres (1.3&nbsp;km²).
 
 
[[File:PrincessKay.jpg|thumb|left|A butter sculpture being made on the first day of the 2010 fair]]
 
One of the first annual events to occur is the creation of a [[butter sculpture]]. Each year, a new [[Princess Kay of the Milky Way]] is selected to promote Minnesota's [[dairy]] industry. Part of the job involves posing for several hours in a walk-in, glass-walled refrigerator as a 90 pound (41&nbsp;kg) block of butter is carved into a head with her likeness. Butter makers started sculpting their products at the fair as far back as 1898, although the head-sculpting tradition didn't begin until 1964.
 
 
The main entrance to the fair from Snelling Avenue heads onto a road named [[Dan Patch]] Avenue for a [[harness racing|pacer]] [[horse]] who won every race he ran in from 1900 to 1909 when he was retired.
 
 
One of the most significant dates in the fair's history was September 2, 1901, when then-[[Vice President of the United States|Vice President]] [[Theodore Roosevelt]] was visiting and first uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a [[Big stick diplomacy|big stick]]." Roosevelt became [[President of the United States|president]] just 12 days later after [[William McKinley]] was assassinated. In 1925, the Minnesota State Fair was the site of the Norse-American Centennial celebration. During his appearance at the [[Norse-American Centennial]], President [[Calvin Coolidge]] gave recognition to the contributions of [[Scandinavian-Americans]] and noted [[Leif Erikson]] as the discoverer of America.<ref>[http://www.naha.stolaf.edu/pubs/nas/volume33/vol33_10.htm ''The 1925 Norse-American Immigration Centennial and Ethnic Identity'' (April Schultz. Norwegian-American Historical Association. Volume 33: Page 267) ]</ref>
 
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==Attractions==
 
===Livestock===
 
A large portion of the Fairgrounds are occupied by livestock barns, where various farm animals are displayed. The animals and their owners take part in livestock shows to compete for awards. Most of the shows take place in the coliseum, a large indoor arena on the fairgrounds. The Coliseum was constructed to replace the Hippodrome, which was damaged beyond repair during its usage in the A.O. Smith Propeller Plant and razed in 1946, and was completed for use in the 1951 fair.<ref>{{cite book|last=Speer|first=Ray P.|title=Minnesota State Fair: The History and Heritage of 100 Years|year=1964|publisher=Argus Publishing Company|page=237, 271}}</ref> Open class livestock competitions are held in horses, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, dairy goats, [[llama]]s, poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons) rabbits, and stock [[dog]]s.<ref>{{cite web| title =Open Class Livestock| publisher = Minnesota State Fair| year =2007| url=http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/livestock.html| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref> On August 31, 2007, a bull escaped from its handler charging several fairgoers before charging a fire hydrant reaching its demise. No people were seriously injured in the mishap.<ref>{{cite web| title =Bull Escapes At Minnesota State Fair| publisher =WCCO| date =2007-08-31| url =http://wcco.com/local/local_story_243124851.html| accessdate =2007-08-31 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070929100000/http://wcco.com/local/local_story_243124851.html <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-29}}</ref>
 
 
===Food===
 
[[File:Cheese Curd Stand at MN State Fair.jpg|thumb|A stand selling cheese curds]]
 
One of the primary attractions at the State Fair is the wide variety of foods to be had. Classic fair foods such as cotton candy and hot dogs are readily available. Many foods reflect Minnesota's agriculture; cheese curds, milk shakes, and corn dogs are popular favorites. Many foods at the fair are deep fried or come on a stick; from the classic corn dog to alligator-on-a-stick, lobster-on-a-stick, deep fried candy bar on a stick, and even "beer-on-a-stick". New to the fair in 2006 was [[hotdish]] on a stick, a variant of a classic staple of Minnesotan cuisine. In 2007 the new food was spaghetti on a stick. 2008's new foods were two types of [[bacon]], one called "Pig Lickers", which is chocolate covered, and the other, called the "Big Fat Bacon", a quarter pound of maple glazed bacon.<ref>{{cite news| title = new tastes, their takes| work = twincities.com| pages = 10E| publisher = St. Paul Pioneer Press| date = 2008-08-28}}</ref>
 
 
===Machinery Hill===
 
Machinery Hill is a large area of the fairgrounds. For several decades, it held the largest annual display of [[farm equipment]] in the world, with many companies showing off [[tractor]]s, [[combine harvester|combines]], and various attachments. However, modern displays generally focus on [[automobile|car]]s, trucks, [[lawn mower]]s, and recreational machines like [[motorbike]]s. Farm implement dealers tend to direct their efforts to more targeted "farm shows," abandoning the State Fair to more urban or suburban types of exhibitors.
 
 
===Shows===
 
[[File:PHCstage2008StateFair.JPG|thumb|left|''A Prairie Home Companion'' live at the grandstand]]
 
The State Fair is host to numerous shows, including concerts, comedy shows, [[product demonstration]]s, and the State Fair Talent Contest. The Grandstand is a large outdoor concert hall that also features 3 floors of interior exhibition space. It hosts the largest of the fairs concerts and until 2002 was also the site of [[stock car]] races run on a small oval track. In 2003 the facility completed the first phase of a $35 million remodeling project that removed large sections of bleachers and increased [[seating capacity]] to 17,000.<ref name="GCMPR">{{cite news | first = Greta |last = Cunningham |title = State Fair Grandstand to get a facelift |url = http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_cunninghamg_grandstand/ |publisher = Minnesota Public Radio |date = 2003-08-18 | accessdate = 2006-09-30}}</ref> Local television and radio stations will normally set up temporary studios at the State Fair, and one of the most popular events is the live broadcast of [[Garrison Keillor]]'s ''[[A Prairie Home Companion]]''.
 
 
===Art===
 
[[File:FarmerSculptureMinnesotaStateFair.JPG|thumb|upright|One of many wooden sculptures on the fairgrounds, this one depicts a farmer.]]
 
The fair displays an annual art exhibition that is the result of a [[Juried (competition)|juried competition]] of works of [[fine art]]. Media include watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings, photographs, sculptures, pastels, ceramics, glass, and textiles. Entrants must be living residents of the state. In 2010, a total of 2,330 pieces were submitted, and 413 works were accepted. Jeffery Gauss won the coveted People's Choice award with his "MicroDoodle Topiary", and "Dog Park" by Arden Harrison Bushnell won the Kid's Choice award. http://www.mnstatefair.org/competition/fine_arts_winners.html 2011 marks the 100th year of Fine Arts at the Fair. http://www.mnstatefair.org/competition/fine_arts.html<ref>{{cite web| title =Fine Arts| publisher =Minnesota State Fair| year =2007| url =http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/fine_arts.html| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref>
 
 
One unusual display at the fair consists of the entrants in the [[Crop art]] competition. The artwork must be made of plant matter (seeds, stems, flowers, fruit, etc.) suitable for growing in Minnesota.<ref>{{cite web| title =Ag-Hort-Bee Rules and Premiums| publisher =Minnesota State Fair| year =2007| url =http://www.mnstatefair.org/2007_pdf/AG07-pbWeb.pdf| format =PDF| accessdate =2007-07-17 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070928083538/http://www.mnstatefair.org/2007_pdf/AG07-pbWeb.pdf <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-28}}</ref> For decades the display was dominated by [[Owatonna, Minnesota|Owatonna]] native [[Lillian Colton]] (1912&ndash;2007), who created [[Crop art|seed]] portraits, professionally,<ref>{{cite web| title =A remembrance of the Seed Lady| publisher =MPR| date =2007-03-22| url =http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/22/seedladyobit/| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref> having effectively captured scores of celebrities such as [[Ernest Hemingway]], [[Barbra Streisand]], [[Franklin D. Roosevelt]], [[Prince (musician)|Prince]], [[Princess Diana]], and [[Willie Nelson]] in her crop art. After winning nine purple ribbons, she stopped competing, but continued displaying her work at the fair.<ref>{{cite web| title =Crop Art| publisher =David Steinlicht| url =http://www.cropart.com/index.htm| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref>
 
 
Competitions galore cover dozens of categories in [[Needlework|needlecraft]], garment-making, [[wood-working]], [[Physical model|models]], painting, [[doll]]-making, [[taxidermy]], [[stamp-collecting]], [[scrapbooking]], baking, [[canning|food preservation]], etc.<ref>{{cite web| title =Creative Activities - Rules and Premiums| publisher =Minnesota State Fair| year =2007| url =http://www.mnstatefair.org/2007_pdf/CA07-pbWeb.pdf| format =PDF| accessdate = 2007-07-17 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070928083546/http://www.mnstatefair.org/2007_pdf/CA07-pbWeb.pdf <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-28}}</ref>
 
 
===Milk run===
 
The annual 5&nbsp;km run begins on the fairgrounds, winds its way through the [[Saint Paul, Minnesota|Saint Paul]] campus of the [[University of Minnesota]] and the [[Saint Anthony Park]] neighborhood, and ends back at the fairgrounds.<ref>{{cite web| title =Milk Run| publisher =Minnesota State Fair| year =2007| url =http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/milk_run.html| accessdate =2007-07-17}}</ref>
 
 
===4-H===
 
[[4-H]]<ref>{{cite web| title =Minnesota State 4-H| publisher =Minnesota State 4-H| year =2007| url =http://www.fourh.umn.edu| accessdate =2007-08-28}}</ref> has a significant presence at the fair, both in their own building and in the livestock areas. The 4-H building was opened and dedicated in 1939.<ref>{{cite book|last=Speer|first=Ray P.|title=Minnesota State Fair: A History and Heritage of 100 Years|year=1964|publisher=Argus Publishing Company|page=203}}</ref> Contests include herdsmanship, [[horse showmanship|showmanship]], judging teams, public presentations, non-livestock exhibits, and county club exhibits. Livestock displays include [[beef cattle|beef]] and [[dairy cattle]], dairy and market [[goat]]s, [[poultry]] ([[chicken]]s, [[duck]]s, [[goose|geese]], [[turkey (bird)|turkeys]], and [[Columbidae|pigeons]]), [[rabbit]]s, [[Domestic sheep|sheep]], and [[pig|swine]].<ref>{{cite web| title =4-H Livestock| publisher =Minnesota State Fair| year =2007| url =http://www.mnstatefair.org/pages/4_H.html| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref>
 
During the 2009 State Fair, a few 4-H youth fell ill with the H1N1 influenza virus and were sent home (all recovered).
 
 
===Science===
 
In recent years the Progress Center has been housing the Eco Experience exhibit, which features activities and exhibits including the design and construction of an eco-friendly house, a [[rain garden]], exhibits addressing [[climate change]], [[energy conservation]], [[renewable energy]], [[biodiesel]] fuel and vehicles, and [[organic farming]]. The exhibit has received awards from the Western Fair Association, the International Associate of Fairs and Expositions, and the Minnesota Environmental Initiative.<ref>{{cite web| title =The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair| publisher =Minnesota Pollution Control Agency| year =2007| url =http://www.pca.state.mn.us/ecoexperience/| accessdate = 2007-07-17}}</ref>
 
 
==Entertainment==
 
===Music===
 
Every year there are many musical venues. The most notable venue being the Grandstand which have featured performers such as [[REO Speedwagon]], [[Boston (band)|Boston]], [[Christina Aguilera]], [[Backstreet Boys]], [[Def Leppard]], [[Styx (band)|Styx]], [[Foreigner (band)|Foreigner]], [[Bob Dylan]], [[Santana (band)|Santana]], [[Lynyrd Skynyrd]], [[Carrie Underwood]], [[Sons of Sylvia]], [[Craig Morgan (singer)|Craig Morgan]], [[Tim McGraw]], [[Rush (band)|Rush]], [[Kiss (band)|KISS]], [[Big Time Rush]], [[Demi Lovato]], [[Hot Chelle Rae]], [[Blake Shelton]], Wiz Khalifa, and [["Weird Al" Yankovic]].
 
 
There are also many free entertainment venues from local bands and a selection of national acts. In 2010, [[Boyz II Men]] performed 2 nights at one of the free venues.
 
 
===Rides===
 
====Permanent rides====
 
There are several rides that are permanent fixtures at the fair. The most popular of these is the Giant Slide, on which fairgoers ride down a large metal slide on burlap sacks. The Skyride is an aerial lift ride that carried fairgoers across the grounds in a gondola. The Space Tower is a [[gyro tower]] that rotates as it lifts people over 300 feet in the air, giving spectacular views of the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The [[Haunted House]], located on Judson Ave. is another favorite of fairgoers. Further down the block is a water raft ride. The log chute is another popular thrill ride. The fair's oldest ride, Ye Old Mill, is located near the food building. It is a tunnel of love style ride that caters to all ages.
 
 
====Temporary rides====
 
[[File:Midway-Minnesota State Fair-2006.jpg|thumb|left|The Midway]]
 
The [[Midway (fair)|Midway]] is a carnival-like setting that contains most of the rides at the State Fair. The attractions include several funhouses, roller coasters and other thrill rides as well as numerous games of skill.
 
 
Adventure Park is where the extreme thrill rides are located. This includes the Ejection Seat and other rides like it. It is located across the street from the Midway, but is not a part of it. Adventure park also shares this block with a [[french fry]] stand, which is a crowd favorite.
 
 
Kidway is the carnival area on the fairgrounds geared toward children. Kidway is located between Dan Patch and Wright Avenues on the north end of the fairgrounds.
 
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==Management==
 
The Minnesota State Fair is considered a quasi-state agency, under the direction of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society. The management of the fair is handled by the Board of managers. The state fair has not accepted any governmental funds since 1949. Revenue from the fair is reinvested into maintenance and the next year's fair.
 
 
The [[Minnesota State Fair Foundation]] is an organization that works to improve and preserve historic state fair buildings. The foundation is a [[501(c)3]] organization, and also supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational programs. The foundation provided funding for the new Miracle of Birth center.
 
 
==J.V. Bailey House==
 
 
<!-- linked from redirect [[J.V. Bailey House]] -->
 
<!-- linked from redirect [[J.V. Bailey House]] -->
[[File:BaileyHouse.JPG|thumb|right|The restored J.V. Bailey House]]
 
The J.V. Bailey House, at 1263 Cosgrove completed in 2006. It is connected to the greenhouses and was occupied year-round by the greenhouse superintendent until 2004. The State Fair Foundation operates out of the residence. The historic residence is open to Foundation donors and their family and friends during the fair.<ref>{{cite web| title =J.V. Bailey House| publisher =Placeography.com| url =http://www.placeography.org/index.php?title=J.V._Bailey_House%2C_1263_Cosgrove_Street%2C_Saint_Paul%2C_Minnesota| accessdate = 2008-08-29}}</ref>
 
 
==Mascots==
 
The fair's mascots are two anthropomorphized [[Gopher (animal)|gophers]]. Fairchild, the original mascot, was named by Gladys Anderson Brown for Henry S. Fairchild who advocated using the former Ramsey County Poor Farm as the permanent site of the fair. Dressed like an early [[Barker (occupation)|barker]] on the midway with a straw hat and striped jacket, Fairchild has represented the fair for decades. In 1986, he was joined on promotional materials by his nephew, Fairborn.<ref>
 
{{cite book
 
| last = Marling
 
| first = Karal Ann
 
| title = Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair
 
| publisher = Minnesota Historical Society Press
 
| place = St. Paul, Minnesota
 
| year = 1990
 
| isbn = 978-0-87351-252-7
 
| page = 234
 
}}
 
</ref>
 
 
==Attendance records==
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
! Day !! Attendance<ref name="presskit06"/> !! Year
 
|-
 
! First Thursday
 
| 119,145 || 2010
 
|-
 
! First Friday
 
| 132,738 || 2010
 
|-
 
! First Saturday
 
| 202,126 || 1998
 
|-
 
! First Sunday
 
| 209,969 || 1994
 
|-
 
! First Monday
 
| 143,998 || 1994
 
|-
 
! First Tuesday
 
| 129,423 || 2009
 
|-
 
! First Wednesday
 
| 128,966 || 2006
 
|-
 
! Second Thursday
 
| 155,183 || 1995
 
|-
 
! Second Friday
 
| 179,052 || 2003
 
|-
 
! Second Saturday
 
| 234,384 || 2010
 
|-
 
! Second Sunday
 
| 236,197 || 2013
 
|-
 
! Second Monday (Labor Day)
 
| 164,277 || 2013
 
|-
 
! Entire Fair
 
| 1,790,497 || 2009
 
|}
 
   
==Off-season use==
 
 
The fairgrounds is heavily used for events beyond the Fair. These include many horse shows in the Coliseum & Horse Barn, the Minnesota Horse Expo and the Minnesota Beef Expo, dog shows, antique & hot-rod car shows, motorcycle shows, model railroad shows, clothing & jewellery shows, gun & weapon collectors shows, comic book conventions, flea markets & swap meets, ice hockey games in the Coliseum, and more. Buildings on the grounds are frequently rented for commercial events such as appliance sales, computer & electronics sales, and boat & car sales. Earlier in the summer, some of the fairground's roads are used to host an annual series of bike races during the week, called the State Fair Affair Criterium Series.
 
The fairgrounds is heavily used for events beyond the Fair. These include many horse shows in the Coliseum & Horse Barn, the Minnesota Horse Expo and the Minnesota Beef Expo, dog shows, antique & hot-rod car shows, motorcycle shows, model railroad shows, clothing & jewellery shows, gun & weapon collectors shows, comic book conventions, flea markets & swap meets, ice hockey games in the Coliseum, and more. Buildings on the grounds are frequently rented for commercial events such as appliance sales, computer & electronics sales, and boat & car sales. Earlier in the summer, some of the fairground's roads are used to host an annual series of bike races during the week, called the State Fair Affair Criterium Series.
   

Revision as of 18:53, 12 September 2013

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The fairgrounds is heavily used for events beyond the Fair. These include many horse shows in the Coliseum & Horse Barn, the Minnesota Horse Expo and the Minnesota Beef Expo, dog shows, antique & hot-rod car shows, motorcycle shows, model railroad shows, clothing & jewellery shows, gun & weapon collectors shows, comic book conventions, flea markets & swap meets, ice hockey games in the Coliseum, and more. Buildings on the grounds are frequently rented for commercial events such as appliance sales, computer & electronics sales, and boat & car sales. Earlier in the summer, some of the fairground's roads are used to host an annual series of bike races during the week, called the State Fair Affair Criterium Series.

In addition, many of the buildings are rented for winter storage of boats, camping trailers, and similar equipment.

Rental fees for such off-season use of the fairgrounds is a major source of revenue for the State Fair, often surpassing the profits from the Fair itself.

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