Updated: 09/01/2013 5:53 PM
Created: 09/01/2013 12:43 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson
Carousel Park was filled with folk music performed by local artists in addition to some old state treasures, like Paul Bunyan and Babe on Sunday.
But what may be the best example of state history at the Minnesota State Fair is tucked away, off the midway. The most historic building at the fair.
"Our great grandfather started this - his first year was 1915," said Jeremy Keenan, one of the proud owners of Ye Old Mill.
The Mill is 98 years old this year and like the five generations of Keenan men that have run it, it's never missed a fair.
"It's great cocktail party conversation to be able to say you own the oldest tunnel of love in the country!" said Joe Keenan.
Even when a 2007 storm knocked out the roof just weeks before opening day , this Minnesota staple was up and running by fair time. Because people depend on it to be there. For many, it's even life-changing.
"Every year we have engagements," said Joe. "I think we've had three or four this year alone."
The Keenan brothers are now scattered all throughout the country but this tradition keeps the family together.
"It's a great reunion for us and its a great tradition for people here in Minnesota."
Afterall, they don't call it the Great Minnesota Get-Together for nothing.
Monday is 'Last Chance Day' at the fair, which means things throughout the fairgrounds will be offered at a discount, including children's tickets that will be offered at a $3 discount on Labor Day.