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MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

After two years of events being canceled or dramatically scaled back due to the pandemic, Minnesota tourism officials are declaring business as usual for the summer of 2022, as several of the state’s big gatherings celebrating anniversaries of note.
Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more.
Despite the operating loss, the 2021 Fair drew 1.3 million attendees
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.

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The 100-year anniversary of the Cattle Barn, which has around 1,000 head of cattle inside throughout the fair each year, was celebrated this year after last year's fair was cancelled.
Shark Shredder, an artist who recently moved to Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, created a design that shows a walleye reading the local newspaper and drinking a cup of coffee. The postcards were printed at the Minnesota Newspaper Museum at the fairgrounds and given to fairgoers.
Two St. Paul men charged in Monday night assault that left a woman bruised and her husband unconscious.
The last time the Fair had a lower turnout was in 1977, when 1,299,017 attended.
Fairgoers attempting to leave were delayed during the altercation, and then allowed to exit in a controlled manner.
“They’ve come a long ways in the last couple of years. It used to be pretty slim pickings if you didn’t eat meat,” said Mary Montoya, a vegan of St. Paul. The vegan food additions sparked several conversations among the vegan community about the ethics of going to the State Fair, which showcases animal agriculture, when living a vegan lifestyle.

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The decision to deny a temporary injunction was made by Ramsey County District Court Judge Laura Nelson on the eve of the 2021 fair’s opening day. It isn’t a final resolution to a lawsuit filed this month by the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus and some of its members, and an appeal is possible.
This year’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way comes from Litchfield and represents Meeker County. Anna Euerle, 19, was crowned Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the 2,500 dairy farm families in the state. She’ll also get her head carved out of butter.
Vendors have pulled out of this year’s 12-day event either because of COVID-19 uneasiness, staffing shortages or product-supply chain issues, according to Fair officials. That’s double the amount of vendors that chose to forego the Fair compared with other recent years. Thursday’s opening promises more changes.

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