Black and white photograph of watermelon display at the Minnesota State Fair, 1895.

Watermelon display, Minnesota State Fair

Watermelon display, Minnesota State Fair, 1895.

Black and white photograph of swine on display, 1905.

Swine, State Fair

State Fair display swine, 1905.

Black and white advertisement for the Minnesota State Fair, 1878.

The Minnesota State Fair, At St.Paul.

1878 advertisement featuring the Minnesota State Fair.

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."

Dormitory at Coney Island Hotel

Dormitory at Coney Island Hotel

This image shows the second hotel building, which later became the boarding house, or dormitory, for hotel staff.
Rights held by the CCHS.

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