Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Minnesota State Fair – Trivia Day – Amateur Talent Contest

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Ron is almost done with his series on the Minnesota State Fair.  He has covered food, facts, and fun.  Everyday, he has given tips on where to eat, what to see, and included dozens of links throughout, including the DNR fish tank from underwater.

It's been an amazing series, and I think tomorrow is the last day.  He will cover Monday, the last day of the fair.  

Check out his other posts, too.  Lots of fun packed in there!


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Original content by Ron Marshall

Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Minnesota State Fair – Trivia Day – Amateur Talent Contest


Sunday is Trivia Day  - So I am going to give you a cheat sheet. 



1. What year was the first Minnesota State Fair held?

2. Where can you find a listing of this year’s State Fair foods at your fingertips?

3. The 330-foot Space Tower was built in Germany, and shipped to what Minnesota city before being loaded onto 20 trucks to finally arrive at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds?

4. Where can you find 100 State Fair coupons offering savings on food, merchandise and attractions?

5. What year was the first Minnesota State Fair held on the current fairgrounds?

6. Where are almost 170 baby animals born during the 12 days of the fair?

7. What were the fairgrounds before they were the Minnesota State Fairgrounds?

8. What special event took place at the fairgrounds on June 20, 1910?

9. When did the State Fair attendance first top the one million mark?

10. What is the Minnesota State Fair’s all-time attendance record and when was it?

11. Who broke the all-time record for the most tickets sold to a single Grandstand show?

12. At what attraction can kids feed a chicken, stroll through an apple orchard and “purchase” produce all while learning about the Minnesota agricultural process?

13. Which United States President gave one of his most famous speeches at the State Fair?

14. What famous composer appeared at the fair in 1927?

15. During a typical year, how many gallons of milk are served at the American Dairy Association’s all-you-can-drink concession?

16. Where can you witness a slap shot, 360 and a wheelie all in one location?

17. When was the pronto pup introduced at the State Fair?

18. Where can you enjoy the former Children’s Theater entertainment and get a tan at the same time?

19. When can you receive discounts on food, merchandise, and Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games just by walking though the gates?

20. When did the first merry-go-round appear at the fair?

21. In what year was the first Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned?

22. How much did famous racehorse, Dan Patch, sell for in 1902?

23. What is the most popular flavor of pies entered in the creative activities baked goods category?

24. Which Grandstand performers have won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year Award more than any other group?

25. What are the two oldest buildings on the fairgrounds?

26. What year was the first nighttime Grandstand show?

27. When was the Minnesota State Fair Foundation founded?

28. Approximately, how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the fair?

29. Dan Patch Avenue on the State Fairgrounds was named after whom?

30. Why wasn’t there a fair in 1946?

31. How much butter is used to sculpt the likeness of Princess Kay of the Milky Way?

32. What year was the world’s most productive cow exhibited at the fair?

33. How long would it take the average cow to produce all the milk served during the fair's 12-day run at the All-You-Can-Drink milk booth?

34. What past Grandstand performer has made the most appearances at the State Fair?

35. On average, what’s the total number of corn dogs typically consumed by fair visitors each year?

36. Name the U.S. presidents that have visited the State Fair at one time during their life.

37. In acres, how large is the fairgrounds?

38. Which fair food contains the most calories?

39. What famous author described the Minnesota State Fair in his poem, “A Night at the Fair” in 1928?

40. Which event teaches Seniors how to stretch their muscles, how to stretch their prescription dollars and how to add steps to their days?

41. What is the oldest ride on the fairgrounds?


1. 1859.

2. Fairborne’s Fabulous Fair Food Finder, a new on-line food search engine at

3. Duluth.

4. The Blue Ribbon Bargain Book

5. 1885.

6. The CHS Miracle of Birth Center just east of the Coliseum.

7. Ramsey County Poor Farm.

8. The first flight in Minnesota history.

9. September 5, 1955. Robert Karklin received a wristwatch and silver trophy for being the fair’s millionth customer.

10. 1,790,497 people attended the fair in 2009.

11. Christina Aguilera.

12. Little Farm Hands at the Fair, located off of Lee Avenue on Machinery Hill.

13. Teddy Roosevelt, his “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” speech in 1901.

14. John Phillip Sousa.

15. 20,000 Gallons.

16. At the X-Zone, located at the corner of Underwood Street and Murphy Avenue.

17. 1947.

18. Family Fair at Baldwin Park.

19. On Last Chance Day, an annual Labor Day promotion held in honor of the last day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

20. 1892.

21. 1954.

22. $60,000.

23. Apple.

24. Brooks and Dunn have won the award 12 times.

25. The Arts Center and the Progress Center, both built in 1907.

26. 1899; It consisted of an hour of harness racing followed by a massive fireworks show.

27. 2002! Visit the Foundation at the J.V. Bailey House south of the Space Tower or

28. 22,000 rolls.

29. Race horse Dan Patch, who set numerous records at the State Fair track in the early 1900s.

30. The Polio epidemic.

31. 85-90 pounds.

32. 1932; Lady Pride produced 35,625 pounds of milk and 1,483 pounds of butter in a year. The average production per cow in the US was 4,000 of milk and 170 pounds of butter.

33. 3-4 years.

34. Alabama has performed 18 times in 13 years.

35. 500,000.

36. Coolidge, Eisenhower, Harding, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft.

37. 320 acres.

38. The fried candy bars.

39. F. Scott Fitzgerald.

40. "Minnesota’s Largest Senior Stretch and Stroll" held annually on the second Thursday of the Minnesota State Fair.

41. Ye Old Mill, built in 1913 and started operation in 1915.


How about that?  There are two things you don’t want to miss :  The Hamline Church Dining Hall which has been operating for 117 years at the fair, and the Eco Experience with its 10 foot tall wad of paper.  Eco Experience has much information about protecting the environment, energy conservation and green technology.  GO THERE!


Here’s the website for other attractions you might want to check out!



Best, Ron

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