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The Root Cellar: Fairs: Minnesota State Fair & Pennington County Fair

From: KSRQ
Series: The Root Cellar
Length: 16:59

The Minnesota state fair began in 1859 and has now grown to cover 320 acres. The Minnesota State Fair is one of the most visited fairs in the country, boasting attendance of a million and a half visitors each year. Also in the show: Jan interviews Mike Sorterberg, a Pennington County Fair board member since 1978. Read the full description.

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The Minnesota state fair began in 1859 and has now grown to cover 320 acres. The Minnesota State Fair is one of the most visited fairs in the country, boasting attendance of a million and a half visitors each year.

Also in the show: Jan interviews Mike Sorterberg, a Pennington County Fair board member since 1978. He tells about the Thief River Falls-based fair, its year-long planning, successes, attractions and events.

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The Minnesota state fair began in 1859 and has now grown to cover 320 acres. The Minnesota State Fair is one of the most visited fairs in the country, boasting attendance of a million and a half visitors each year.

Also in the show: Jan interviews Mike Sorterberg, a Pennington County Fair board member since 1978. He tells about the Thief River Falls-based fair, its year-long planning, successes, attractions and events.