Funds for State Fair remake approved

  • Article by: Jim Anderson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 22, 2014 - 9:48 PM

A capital improvements budget that includes nearly $14 million for one of the biggest transformations of the Minnesota State Fair since a flurry of Depression-era projects in the 1930s has been approved by the board that oversees fair operations.

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rshacklefordJan. 23, 14 1:08 AM

(from the second paragraph): "Funding for the new West End Market and a transit hub on the old Heritage Square site in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds...(cont)" ---- Does this mean that the Heritage Square area was razed well prior to the funding for its replacement being approved (as in last fall)? Was the funding guaranteed? I only ask because I really enjoyed Heritage Square even if it was only meant to be "temporary" when it was constructed long ago. Plus, I hate seeing more Daytonomics in action where buildings are razed prior to approved and reliable funding sources are obtained.

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wiseoracleJan. 23, 14 5:38 AM

The state fair has a CEO ? Who knew?? Only 210 days til Sweet Martha's cookies - yay! Sweet Martha for president!!

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bizsmithJan. 23, 14 6:39 AM

Transit hub seems a good idea. I would not drive there any more on a bet.

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turgidJan. 23, 14 7:51 AM

At least this year they are finally spending some of those gate receipts on improving the grounds. Love the fair, but every year when I pay that admission price and try to imagine what on earth they could be spending all that money on it makes my head hurt.

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Mark27Jan. 23, 14 8:06 AM

Still upsetting that we're losing Heritage Square. Even more upsetting that we have to pay for it to be taken away from us.

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jackpinesavJan. 23, 14 8:21 AM

Devil is always in the details. What part of "self-sustaining" do posters NOT understand. State Fair is a beacon of inspiration, totally self supporting....no tax dollars. And why is having someone is charge of such an operation, a CEO, such a horrible thing? It is a huge and successful operation, admired throughout the country. Some people must wake up just to be negative.

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merkinJan. 23, 14 1:29 PM

"Some people must wake up just to be negative."

Everyone brightens up a room: some when they enter and some when they leave.

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turgidJan. 23, 1410:58 PM

Let's see, 1.8 million guests at $10 head is 18 million dollars in gate receipts. Plus, the Fair takes anywhere from 15%-40% of concessions. Has to be another $5 million dollars in that. So, conservatively, we're talking about almost 25 million dollars taken in each fair. And here is what the website says it is spent on: "Park & Ride buses, sanitation, police protection, and free stage entertainment, as well as fairgrounds plant operations and administration." I'm sorry, but it just does not add up any way you slice it.

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