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Edward S. Fink

The Great Big Wheel at the Minnesota State Fair

Saint Paul, MN USA

8/23/2019 1:02 PM UTC (8:02 AM local time)

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In 2019 The Great Big Wheel, one of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America returned to the Minnesota State Fair for the third year.  The fair was first held in 1859, and settled into the current 322 acre site permanently in 1885.  Since 1859 the fair has been held every year with only five exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic.  Based on daily attendance, the Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the U.S., and based on total attendance it is the second largest.


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