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State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together: Images & Artifacts

Collections of Images

Princess Kay of the Milky Way Photograph Collection 1960-1965
Views of Princess Kays from 1960 (Marilyn Christianson), 1963 (Audrey Meyer), 1964 (Karen Bracken), and 1965 (Mary Ann Titrud). Pictured are coronations at Minnesota State Fair, activities of Princess Kay royalty at the State Fair and appearances throughout the state at various functions and parades, promotion of June Dairy Month, and the annual meeting of the Twin City Milk Producers Association in 1965.
MNHS call number: Sound and Visual Collection I.93

Minnesota State Fair, by H.M. Schawang Photo Co.
1953-1968
Views include fairgoers, the midway, grandstand, car races, and Machinery Hill.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Minnesota State Fair
1895, Sept. 13-14
Views of fairgoers and buildings, including the Grandstand and the midway.
MNHS call number: Sound and Visual Collection II.33

Sample Images at MNHS

Crowds of people and shows at the Midway, 1937. People at the Minnesota State Fair, 1961. Amusement rides, 1966.Two women with jars of canned and preserved food, 1947.Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, c. 1940. Minnesota State Fair September 2 to 9, 1922. Shooting gallery and food concessions, State Fair, 1975.Skyride, State Fair, 1975.Boy holding prize watermelon at 1934 State Fair, 1934.View of the Midway from the Ferris wheel at the 1944 Minnesota State Fair, 1944.Minnesota State Fair and Exposition of Agriculture, date unknown.Woman's Building, c. 1910.

Sample Artifacts at MNHS

Minnesota State Fair pennant, c. 1930s.Dress made out of butter cartons used at the Minnesota State Fair, 1965. Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon, 1997.2005 Minnesota State Fair button.Bonnet, c. 1850s.Joe Mauer Souvenir Fan, 2009.WPA Ojibwe creation story marionettes, 1937.Minnesota State Fair Cup, 1993.State Fair Police Badge, c. 1959-1993.Crazy Quilt, c. 1885.Souvenir milking pail, 1950.Al Franken for Senate trading card, 2008.

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