State Fair History

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Minnesota State Fair – The Storied History,a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:                        Monday, April 18, 3:30 p.m.

Baudette Public Library

Monday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.

International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 p.m.

Ely Public Library

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30 p.m.

Aurora Public Library

Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.

Eveleth Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 p.m.

Mt. Iron Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.

Babbitt Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.

Cook Public Library

Thursday, April 21, 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

Virginia Public Library

Thursday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.

Hibbing Public Library

Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids Area Library

Friday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.

Silver Bay Public Library

Friday, April 22, 6:00 p.m.

Grand Marais Public Library

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.

Duluth (Main) Public Library – Green Room

Saturday, April 23, 12:30 p.m.

Cloquet Public Library

When you walk through the gates of the Minnesota State Fair, you are enveloped with sites, sounds, smells and more that is unlike any other time of the year. You know what the State Fair is like now, but do you ever wonder how it came to be? With its roots in agriculture, the Minnesota State Fair has been a fixture of Minnesota since its first territorial fair in 1855. While agriculture is still the primary focus, the scope of activities has broadened to include large-scale entertainment, technological and industrial exhibits and participation of scores of education and government institutions. With a mix of historical facts, anecdotes and photographs depicting agriculture, competitions, entertainment and exhibits, Keri Huber will help you see how the State Fair was, and is a feast for the senses, and that it truly is the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

 Keri Huber has worked at the Minnesota State Fair as an archivist for the past six years. With over 22,000 photos in the State Fair’s collection, her background in visual arts has proven useful in finding images that tell a story and bring history to life. She collaborates with the Minnesota Historical Society (History Walking Tour and the State Fair’s History & Heritage Center) and has worked with TPT (State Fair Stories; Lost Twin Cities; Almanac; Gracious Spaces; Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect) and national programs such as Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. She too has been interviewed by local newspapers, television and radio stations about the State Fair, and enjoys sharing fair stories learned through research and by the connections she has made.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at, find us on Twitter, on Pinterest at, on Storify at or like us on Facebook at



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