Aug 20, 2012 at 7:02 am
FALCON HEIGHTS, MN (AP) - Hundreds of horses, cows, pigs, goats, sheep and even llamas will face the judges _ and the public _ when the 2012 Minnesota State Fair begins its run Thursday.
The brand new AgStar Arena will be open for its first Great Minnesota Get-Together since replacing the fair's dingy old judging barn. Fair officials expect 4-H, FFA and other farm families showing off their livestock will love it, while the new facility will provide a friendlier environment for city folk.
Other new exhibits connecting with the fair's agricultural roots include Minnesota Wine Country, serving locally produced wines from 13 wineries, and the ''Land of 10,000 Beers,'' hosted by the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, which offers samples from more than 20 of the state's breweries. For the kids, it sells root beer.