From the food stands to the open class exhibits, you’ll find local connections at the Minnesota State Fair. All you have to do is look. Pepin Heights of Lake City works with the University of Minnesota to create new apple varieties. See some of them in agriculture/horticulture building.
(Republican Eagle photos by Anne Jacobson)
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Red Wing Pottery & Stoneware produced Sotapitcher’s inaugural fair drinkware, available at Fair Wear Gift Shops. A portion of each collectible sold supports the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Gov. Mark Dayton made use of a pitcher during his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the fair Thursday.2 / 4
Ellsworth Creamery provides every cheese curd consumed during the State Fair, which opened Thursday and runs through Labor Day. Grab deep-fried curds in the Food Building, then do some people-watching. 3 / 4
A balsam fir from Mark’s Choose & Cut in Red Wing won a fifth-place premium. Find the tree in the ag building. 4 / 4
Find local ties throughout the Minnesota State fair, which runs through Sept. 1.