Meet the History Hound, Minnesota's Newest Mascot, at the State Fair

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August 5, 2013
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Julianna Olsen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3039 • julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

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Meet the History Hound, Minnesota's Newest Mascot, at the State Fair

Plus New History Walking Tour Stops and a Day of Dancing, Live Music and MN Trivia Add Up to Historic State Fair Fun

Minnesota State Fairgoers will be the first to meet our state's newest mascot: the Minnesota Historical Society's History Hound. The History Hound uses his power to help kids sniff out and dig up history and also loves to hand out cool trading cards and pose for fun photos with history fans of all ages.

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The History Hound will appear in the State Fair Mall Parade every day at 2 p.m. and will also meet and greet fans at the Minnesota Historical Society's booth in the Grandstand every day from 11-11:30 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. The booth is located in the northwest quadrant of the lower level of the Grandstand.

Also new at the fair: two new stops on the Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour narrated by Tim Russell. Fairgoers can use their own phones to dial 1-877-411-4123 and hear fun facts, fair sounds and personal memories related to a dozen historically significant spots at the fair.

This year, new stops feature food at the fair and the DNR building. Smart phone users can scan a QR code on the sign at each stop to connect to the tour, also available on the web at www.mnhs.org/tours/statefair. Brochures for the cell phone tour are free and can be found at fair information booths, the J.V. Bailey House and at the Minnesota Historical Society Grandstand booth.

Fairgoers who finish the walking tour get a free prize (while supplies last). Fans of the Minnesota State Fair don’t have to be at the fair to enjoy the cell phone tour. They can call 1-877-411-4123 from any location or visit www.mnhs.org/tours/statefair.

Live Music, Dancing and More Historic Fun
For the fourth year, Minnesota History Day at the State Fair, Sunday, Sept. 1, offers an action-packed line-up including music, dance lessons, trivia, a variety show, hands-on art activities, costumed History Players and surprise guests large and small.

Minnesota History Day at the State Fair is free with fair admission and runs in Carousel Park (adjacent to the south side of the Grandstand) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

10-11 a.m.
9 Nights of Music and dance lessons featuring Bluegrass band, The High 48s and dance instruction with Julie Young

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Meet the Past! Stan Turner interviews luminaries from Minnesota History.

12-1:30 p.m.
The Big Wow Variety Show with Host: Tou Ger Xiong, House Band: Dan Newton & Café Accordion Orchestra, Beth Gilleland as Professor Thunderblust, Magic with Brodini, Lumberjack fashion showcase featuring Forest History Center interpreters, Paul Bunyan Tall Tales with Dave Silvester

1:45 to 2:15 p.m.
Minnesota History Challenge! Test your knowledge of Minnesota, the State Fair and more and win a prize.

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Songs of the Great Northwoods with Brian Miller and the Two Tap Trio

3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Minnesota History Challenge! Test your knowledge of Minnesota, the State Fair and more and win a prize.

4:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Meet the Past! Stan Turner interviews luminaries from Minnesota History.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
9 Nights of Music and dance lessons featuring Tropical Zone Orchestra, dance instruction by Joseph Tsehai and Heidi Geier

Ongoing throughout the day: Paul Bunyan & Babe puppets art activity and Minnesota Historical Society displays and resource tables.

The Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour and Minnesota History Day at the State Fair are presented by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society. These programs are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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About the Minnesota State Fair Foundation
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation (501)(c)(3) nonprofit that preserves and improves State Fair buildings, grounds and educational experiences. Learn more at www.msffoundation.org.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.