The State Fair Gets a Major Makeover

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Minnesota State Fair Makeover

Our beloved State Fair will look a little different when we are reunited once again in a little more than a month. On Thursday, fair officials released the new makeover, which includes a new transit hub as well as the nearby West End Marketplace.

The makeover was a $15 million project that expanded the fair by 22 acres.

“It is the biggest change to the Fair landscape since FDR was president,” State Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette told The Pioneer Press.

The new transit hub will take in about one-third of the Fair’s 1.8 million visitors, more than any other entrance. It is designed to be an entrance exclusively for bus riders, taking in 80% of buses. In the past, about 40% of Fair visitors arrived by bus. With the new entrance, that number is expected to increase this year. The buses using this hub will enter via the University of Minnesota elevated transitway, reducing traffic on Snelling and Como Avenues.

The West End Marketplace, the other piece of the makeover, was designed to celebrate the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It will hold a museum, the Schilling Amphitheater, several small vendors and two new restaurants. One of these restaurants is Lulu’s Public House, which will hold the first rooftop patio at the Fair. Lulu’s will also feature some of the Fair’s new food items including the Breakfast Juicy Lulu and the Deep-Fried Lobster On-A-Stick.

With free music, a variety of vendors and new restaurants, the West End Marketplace will draw State Fair goers to its new area, and give them an easier way to get there.

 

Photo via: 5 Eyewitness News

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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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