Historic Fun Awaits at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

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Release dated: 
July 24, 2014
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Laura Weber • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3039 • laura.weber@mnhs.org

Laura Geffre-Rick • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3138 • laura.geffre@mnhs.org

Historic Fun Awaits at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Minnesota History Day August 31, Return of the History Hound, New History Walking Tour Stops Add Up to Historic State Fair Fun

There's historic fun for all ages at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair!

The fifth annual Minnesota History Day at the State Fair on Sunday, August 31, offers an action-packed line-up in Carousel Park. After his debut at last year's fair, the History Hound returns to meet and greet fans old and new and give out free History Hound capes. Everyone can try their hand at a make-it take-it robot headband project. Music, dance lessons, a Minnesota trivia contest with prizes, local luminaries and surprise guests large and small round out the day.

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.

The History Hound will also appear in the State Fair Daily Parade every day (except August 31) at 2 p.m.

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.

History Hound

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Also at the fair:

State fair visitors can stop by the Minnesota Historical Society booth in the grandstand every day of the fair. The MNHS booth is located in the northwest quadrant of the lower level of the Grandstand.

Two new stops on the Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour narrated by Tim Russell debut. 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 Media at the Fair and, in time for the new Transit Hub, Transportation and the Streetcar Arch. 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.

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.