PHOTO OPP: History Hound, Music, Dancing, Art and More at Minnesota History Day at the Fair Aug. 31

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PHOTO OPP: History Hound, Music, Dancing, Art and More at Minnesota History Day at the Fair Aug. 31

History Day at the Fair

WHAT: The fifth annual Minnesota History Day at the State Fair is sure to provide fun for all ages and is free with fair admission. The History Hound will be making a special appearance from 1-2:30 p.m. to meet and greet fairgoers and hand out free superhero capes. Music, dance lessons, a trivia contest and a variety of surprise guests will make this an afternoon to remember.

WHERE: Carousel Park (adjacent to the south side of the grandstand)

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The schedule of events for History Day at the Fair is as follows:

10 to 11 a.m.: 9 Nights of Music Sampler and dance lessons featuring bluegrass band The High 48s and dance instruction

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

12-12:30 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.: Minnesota History Challenge! Test your knowledge of Minnesota, the State Fair and more and win a prize.

1-2:30 p.m.: Big Wow Variety Show - All About Toys With host Tou Ger Xiong and house band Dan Newton & Café Accordion Orchestra featuring Beth Gilliland as Professor Thunderblust, the History Hound, Magic with Brodini and many others!

2:45-3:15 p.m.: Pride of the Prairie--American folk music with Bill and Sarah Cagley

4:30-5:30 p.m.: 9 Nights of Music sampler and dance lessons featuring Salsa del Soul and dance instruction

Ongoing throughout the day: Art Activity: Robot Mania, MN Historical Society displays and resource tables

The Minnesota State Fair History Walking Tour and an exhibit at the History and Heritage Center 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

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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.