Aug 21, 2012 at 8:49 am
ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - These are busy times at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in suburban St. Paul as the dawn of the Minnesota State Fair is just less than 48 hours away.
"There are so many last minute finishing touches going on all over the fairgrounds, with vendors moving in and setting up their booths and all the new attractions coming in and getting ready to go," spokeswoman Brienna Schuette said. "Putting those finishing touches on our gardens and our green spaces and last minute painting projects, all those little things, all the details that make the difference."
While the final lead-up to the fair is a hectic flurry of activity, the planning process of putting on the fair is a much longer ordeal.
"It is year round there are a group of about 72 of us who are here full time, year round, working right on the fairgrounds, and believe it or not it does take an entire year to plan a state fair," Schutte said. "We have a group of about 250 people who join us for the three months of the summer to finish up the planning, and then our staff goes to about 2500 for the 12 days of the fair."
And despite the best advance planning and preparation, the final hours leading up to the fair always get pretty crazy.
"But it is all in good fun and this is what we worked for all year long and it is what everybody waits for all summer and it is all in the name of fun," Schuette said.
The state fair draws between one-point-six million and one-point-eight million people each year. This year's fair runs from Thursday through Labor Day.
Temp: 11°F (-12°C)
Wind: 7 N