New name, new ideas for old Heritage Square

  • Article by: Jim Anderson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 1:12 PM

New West End Market will be the biggest change to the State Fairgrounds since the 1930s, blending the old with some needed updates.

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reader2580Oct. 30, 1312:26 PM

Is the new marketplace going to be as bland and generic as the new International Bazar? The booths in the bazar all seem exactly the same. Are they going to be paving all of the parking lots behind the grandstand? Some of those lots are mainly grass and gravel now.

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morbthrmsnowOct. 30, 13 1:03 PM

How about a limit on admission? The number of people they packed in this year on the busy days was unsafe. It was just miserable and hard to get anywhere. But that new bus hub sounds like a great idea. We waited about an hour to get on a park and ride, due to some accident. With that much congestion on city streets, any small problem quickly creates a much bigger problem.

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DufferHOct. 30, 13 1:17 PM

What is happening to the printing museum? That was a great museum staffed by a lot of dedicated volunteers.

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luckylager63Oct. 30, 13 1:48 PM

Most importantly, where are the moving the Schell's Bandstand and booth?

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bigj111Oct. 30, 13 1:55 PM

maybe they should have lawn mowers and jet ski displays there......seems to be what they've turned the rest of the grounds into.

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Mark27Oct. 30, 13 2:08 PM

File this under "what were they thinking?" Heritage Square has some identity and character. Why would they want to replace it with a bland poser? And why on Earth would they use the gimmicky International Bazaar as a template for replication?

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reader2580Oct. 30, 13 2:11 PM

Only one day at this year's State Fair had more than 200,000 people. A typical year will have two to three days with over 200,000 people. Go during the week if you don't like crowds.

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EWernerOct. 30, 13 2:35 PM

Will miss the quieter area that was Heritage Square as it was a nice place to escape to and relax.

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morbthrmsnowOct. 30, 13 3:35 PM

I realize they are not going to limit admission, but I still say that 236,000 is too many people (that Sunday before Labor Day). That is the all time daily record, 2nd place goes to 2010 234,000. And we go every year, so I know what a State Fair crowd looks like, even on a weekend. In reviewing the State Fair website numbers, typical weekday attendance is around 150,000 and typical weekend is 200,000. But the super busy days spike up to 225,000-235,000. We knew it was going to be busy, but I wouldn't have gone if I knew it was going to be like that.

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DufferHOct. 30, 13 6:55 PM

If "morbthrmsnow" wants to increase admission to limit attendance, maybe the state fair isn't a proper venue for him/her to visit and should just stick to county fairs. I was there that record-setting day this year in my power wheelchair, and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Sure, it was a bit crowded, but the site was still completely navigable.

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