Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair
In twenty thematic chapters, the author traces the history of the great Minnesota State Fair from its beginnings in the 1850s to its place in the 1980s among the top five major North American fairs. Features more than 300 black-and-white illustrations -- historic photographs showing long-gone amusements as well as early versions of fair scenes that know no era, and contemporary photographs that capture the fair's varied moods and scenes.
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Morning Comes to the Fair
The First Fair
The Fair on Wheels
The Fairgrounds at Hamline
Minnesota at the Worlds Fairs
The Greatest State Fair in the Union
The Prize Bull
Womens Work 94
On the Midway
Recreating the Past and Building the Future
The Fine Arts at the Fair
The Arts of Everyday Living
Step Right Up Folks
The Biggestor the Best?
Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight
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