Monday, August 30, 2010

MN State Fair Trivia

I'm actually not the biggest fan of the state fair (big crowds, expensive food and smelly livestock), but it still holds a special place in my heart. We went several times throughout my childhood, I've entered several quilts into the fair's Creative Arts building (I got a ribbon both times, thankyouverymuch) and I worked for a day during college in the University of Minnesota building.

I am, however, a huge fan of trivia. Behold MN State Fair trivia, courtesy of the fair website.

  • What year was the first Minnesota State Fair held?

  • Where can you find a listing of this year’s State Fair foods at your fingertips?

  • The 330-foot Space Tower was built in Germany, and shipped to what Minnesota city before being loaded onto 20 trucks to finally arrive at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds?

  • Where can you find 100 State Fair coupons offering savings on food, merchandise and attractions?

  • What year was the first Minnesota State Fair held on the current fairgrounds?

  • Where are almost 170 baby animals born during the 12 days of the fair?

  • What were the fairgrounds before they were the Minnesota State Fairgrounds?

  • What special event took place at the fairgrounds on June 20, 1910?

  • When did the State Fair attendance first top the one million mark?

  • What is the Minnesota State Fair’s all-time attendance record and when was it?

  • Who broke the all-time record for the most tickets sold to a single Grandstand show?

  • At what attraction can kids feed a chicken, stroll through an apple orchard and “purchase” produce all while learning about the Minnesota agricultural process?

  • Which United States President gave one of his most famous speeches at the State Fair?

  • What famous composer appeared at the fair in 1927?

  • During a typical year, how many gallons of milk are served at the American Dairy Association’s all-you-can-drink concession?

  • Where can you witness a slap shot, 360 and a wheelie all in one location?

  • When was the pronto pup introduced at the State Fair?

  • Where can you enjoy the former Children’s Theater entertainment and get a tan at the same time?

  • When can you receive discounts on food, merchandise, and Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games just by walking though the gates?

  • When did the first merry-go-round appear at the fair?

  • In what year was the first Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned?

  • How much did famous racehorse, Dan Patch, sell for in 1902?

  • What is the most popular flavor of pies entered in the creative activities baked goods category?

  • Which Grandstand performers have won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year Award more than any other group?

  • What are the two oldest buildings on the fairgrounds?

  • What year was the first nighttime Grandstand show?

  • When was the Minnesota State Fair Foundation founded?

  • Approximately, how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the fair?

  • Dan Patch Avenue on the State Fairgrounds was named after whom?

  • Why wasn’t there a fair in 1946?

  • How much butter is used to sculpt the likeness of Princess Kay of the Milky Way?

  • What year was the world’s most productive cow exhibited at the fair?

  • How long would it take the average cow to produce all the milk served during the fair's 12-day run at the All-You-Can-Drink milk booth?

  • What past Grandstand performer has made the most appearances at the State Fair?

  • On average, what’s the total number of corn dogs typically consumed by fair visitors each year?

  • Name the U.S. presidents that have visited the State Fair at one time during their life.

  • In acres, how large is the fairgrounds?

  • Which fair food contains the most calories?

  • What famous author described the Minnesota State Fair in his poem, “A Night at the Fair” in 1928?

  • Which event teaches Seniors how to stretch their muscles, how to stretch their prescription dollars and how to add steps to their days?

  • What is the oldest ride on the fairgrounds?

    No cheating! Answers tomorrow.

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