Black and white photograph of 4H Calf Club champion and his calf, 1923.

Calf Club champion, State Fair

4H Calf Club champion, Minnesota State Fair, 1923.

Black and white photograph of Kittison County horticulture exhibit, 1916.

Kittson County horticulture exhibit, State Fair

Kittson County horticulture exhibit, second premium winner at the 1916 Minnesota State Fair.

Black and white photograph of the Minnesota State Fair at Fort Snelling, 1860.

State Fair at Fort Snelling

Photograph of 1860 State Fair at Fort Snelling, 1860–1863.

Black and white photograph of crowd at the Minnesota State Fair, c. 1910.

View of Crowd at the State Fair

A view of the crowd at the Minnesota State Fair, c.1910.

Colored postcard of the Minnesota State Fair Domestic Arts and Handicrafts building, c. 1910.

Woman's Building, State Fair

Colored postcard of the Minnesota State Fair Domestic Arts and Handicrafts building, c.1910.

The Minnesota State Fair: Origins and Traditions

The Minnesota State Fair is a yearly celebration of agriculture, crafts, food, and community. In the twenty-first century, nearly 1.8 million people attend the twelve-day event every year, making it the second-largest state fair in the nation. The gathering is a Minnesota tradition that has more than earned its nickname, "The Great Minnesota Get-Together."

photograph shows Peterson in front of log house, with newer house in background

Andrew Peterson, his first log house 1856

Shows Andrew Peterson standing by the log cabin he first lived in on the farm. In the background, the later farmhouse that still stands in the 21st century is visible. Waconia, Minnesota.

portrait photograph of Elsa Peterson

Elsa Peterson

Elsa Peterson, 1880s. Oleson Portrait Studio, Minneapolis.

portrait photograph of Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson, 1880s. Oleson Portrait Studio, Minneapolis.

Farmers gathered for group photograph in Kerkhoven, Minnesota.

Farmers Institute, Kerkhoven

Farmers' Institute, Kerkhoven, Minnesota, in Swift County, 1913.

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