PHOTOS: Minnesota State Fair says goodbye to Heritage Square - KMSP-TV

PHOTOS: Minnesota State Fair says goodbye to Heritage Square

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Minnesota State Fair presented new renderings and kicked off construction of the "West End Market" set to take the place of Heritage Square at the west end of the fairgrounds.

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According to a news release, the $15 million project will include an expanded stage and seating area, artisans and specialty merchant locations, new food and beverage venues, a new history center and new restrooms to be open for the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Construction plans include a new entrance gate and transit hub for busses.


The former Heritage Square was built in 1964 as the Young America Center for teens and became the Heritage Square fairgoers know today in 1975 as part of a program to commemorate the United States Bicentennial in 1976.

Historical State Fair artifacts will be on display at the new History and Heritage Center at West End Market.

"Through this project and the Foundation's nonprofit mission, we are excited to celebrate 150-years of State Fair history and stories that connect generations of Minnesota families. While Foundation donors support many areas of the State Fair from agriculture to environment, the fair's history and heritage unites us all," chair of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation Board of Directors Pat Bailey said.

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