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State Fair Stories: The Traditions We Love

Connecting with traditions whose roots go back to the family farm

August 31, 2021

To celebrate the treasured traditions, history, and storytelling that make the Minnesota State Fair so unique, TPT is excited to share some of our favorite State Fair gems from our archive in a series of Storyboard posts we’re calling State Fair Stories.

Stay tuned throughout the duration of the Fair to hear from some legendary storytellers, explore little-known State Fair history, and discover the unique traditions that make the Great Minnesota Get-Together so special!

WATCH: State Fair Traditions

The Minnesota State Fair started in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood. Since then, generations of Minnesotans have gone to the Fair every year, competing for ribbons, discovering the latest in new foods and fads, and connecting with the traditions whose roots go back to the family farm.

Historic State Fair photo

What began as a territorial fair in 1854 designed to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region, is ow one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. Known as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the Minnesota State Fair attracts over 2 million guests annually!

It’s full of treasured traditions that keep families coming back again and again for more fun and memories!

Watch TPT’s State Fair Traditions with your family and friends, and and share what your favorite traditions are at the State Fair!

Produced with the MN State Fair Foundation

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2021 TPT State Fair Update

In order to prioritize safety, TPT has decided to scale back our presence at the Fair this year, forgoing our usual Almanac at the Fair live taping, activities at our booth and daily characters in the parade.

Art mural and man smiling
Nature Cat coloring TPT’s Chalkboard Mural; TPT’s Director of Membership, David Preston, at TPT’s State Fair Booth in 2019

We will, however, continue to offer at our TPT booth from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, a quiet, private parent and baby area located behind TPT’s booth in partnership with Minnesota PRAMS. Our booth is located at the corner of Underwood and Lee.

We will miss the daily interactions with our members and friends, but look forward to next year when we can hopefully all join together once again. We invite you to make a donation of support and to join the TPT family by becoming a member online this year at the link below:

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