State Fair Celebrates Brand-New West End Market with Dedication

Updated: 08/20/2014 9:16 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 9:06 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The Minnesota State Fair celebrated its brand-new West End Market with a dedication ceremony on Thursday.

It has been dubbed a welcoming neighborhood that celebrates the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

The area includes:

  • The Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center, featuring treasured artifacts and photographs from throughout the fair's 150+ years of history.
  • The Schell's Stage at the Hugh and Margaret Schilling Amphitheater, a gathering place for intimate sets of free music and entertainment all 12 days and nights of the State Fair.
  • KSTP Heritage Plaza, a gathering space that showcases performing arts in Minnesota.
  • Dozens of artisans, craftspeople and specialty merchants – many who have never exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • New, plentiful, accessible restrooms for men, women and families.
  • Stellar food and beverage options featuring both fair classics and new establishments.

KSTP, the Hubbard family, the Schilling family and others were recognized for their contributions to the new area and received recognition plagues.

KSTP was recognized for being the first television station to broadcast daily news from the fair, as well as having a presence at the fair since 1928.

Hugh and Margaret Schilling were recognized for their love of the fair and sharing it with their family. They contributed to the amphitheater.

The Minnesota State Fair celebrated its brand-new West End with a dedication ceremony on Thursday.
Photo: KSTP/ Tim Zelenak

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