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State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles

Books

 Minnesota State Fair, 1890.Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History, by Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky in collaboration with Minnesota State Fair.
Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2007.
MNHS call number: FOLIO S555.M666 K68 2007

Minnesota State Fair: The History and Heritage of 100 Years: a Brief History of the Early Years of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society and a More Complete History of the Years from 1910 to 1964, by Ray P. Speer and Harry J. Frost.
Minneapolis, MN: Argus Publishing Company, 1964.
MNHS call number: S555.M62 S7

Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair, by Karal Marling.
Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.
MNHS call number: FOLIO S555. M6662 S76 1990, also available for purchase.

25 Years of FFA Activities at the Minnesota State Fair, 1948- 1973, by the Future Farmers of America.
Saint Paul, MN: FFA dept., Minnesota State Fair, 1973.
MNHS call number: S533. F8 F87

Great State Fair Recipes: A Collection of Sweepstakes-winning Recipes from the Minnesota State Fair (1965-1975), Plus Recipes from the Historic Years 1906, 1927, 1939, 1949, and 1962, edited by Karen Humphrey.
Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota State Agricultural Society (State Fair) and the American Dairy Association of Minnesota, c. 1976.
MNHS call number: TX715 .G73 1976

State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together Photographs, by Susan Miller; foreword by Lorna Landvik.
Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008.
MNHS call number: S555.M666 M55 2008

Articles

“‘She Brought Forth Butter in a Lordly Dish,' the Origins of Minnesota Butter Sculpture” by Karal Marling.
In Minnesota History, no. 6, vol. 50 (summer 1987), pp. 218-228
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

“Minnesota’s Wandering Fair and How It Settled in Saint Paul” by Gordon Hayes.
In Ramsey County History, vol. 11, no. 1 (spring 1974), pp. 12-17.
MNHS call number: F612.R22 R3 v.11:1

“What Ho! The State Fair. The Big Million Dollar Show is Ready to Receive You” by Ray Speer.
In Western Magazine, vol. 16, no. 3 (Sept. 1920), pp. 127-130.
MNHS call number: F601.5 .W5 v.16:3

“Early Minnesota Agricultural Societies and Fairs” by Merrill Jarchow.
In Minnesota History, vol. 22 no. 3 (Sept. 1941), pp. 249-269.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

Videos

A State Fair Scrapbook, motion picture.
Saint Paul, MN: Twin Cities Public Television, 1993. 57 min.
MNHS call number: 437

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