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MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

200-officer hiring goal reached; other agencies to help out
The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus questions whether the fair’s ban on firearms violates Minnesota state statutes and the U.S. Constitution.
Fair officials said the 1,200 open positions are among more than 2,700 employees hired each year to staff the fair, which runs Aug. 25-Sept. 5. Positions include ticket sellers, ticket takers, parking and park & ride attendants, barn attendants and custodians.
The fair unveiled its new foods Tuesday, the annual preview of the dizzying array of new eating and drinking options at the 12-day gathering and eat-a-thon that starts Aug. 25.

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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.
The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau have announced this year's class of Century Farms across the state. To be named such, a farm must be continuously family-owned for at least 100 years and be 50 acres or larger. There are 78 farms this year, including a handful in west central Minnesota.
Despite the operating loss, the 2021 Fair drew 1.3 million attendees
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.

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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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