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MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

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Travis Gienger said the pumpkin he’s growing this year could weigh more than the one he grew in 2020, which was the heaviest pumpkin in North America that year.
Rachel Rynda is the daughter of Francis and Theresa Rynda, of Montgomery, Minnesota, and attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
In 2002, Shannon Watrin became the first Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist from Brown County. Today, she lives in Sandstone — and she's still advocating for Minnesota's dairy farmers.
When the State Fair was canceled in 1945 due to World War II and in 1946 for the polio epidemic, fair workers began constructing the new building. It opened in 1947 and has been a landmark on the fairgrounds ever since.
Hayden Lennes, 12, of Alexandria, is one of 16 recipients who received a $500 grant
The 100-year anniversary of the Cattle Barn, which has around 1,000 head of cattle inside throughout the fair each year, was celebrated this year after last year's fair was cancelled.

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This year’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way comes from Litchfield and represents Meeker County. Anna Euerle, 19, was crowned Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the 2,500 dairy farm families in the state. She’ll also get her head carved out of butter.
Pronto Pups, cheese curds and Sweet Martha's chocolate chip cookies were passed through windows by masked workers at a food-centric variation on the Great Minnesota Get Together.
Donors allow 4-H livestock scholarships go on in Minnesota, despite pandemic cancellation of state and county fairs.

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