MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Fair begins a week from Thursday, but there is already plenty of activity at the historic fairgrounds.
Dozens of carpenters, landscapers, traveling ride operators and maintenance crew are all pushing deadlines to have things ready to go in seven days. Richard Tinsley brought in a portable carousel all the way from Missouri, anchoring it at Carousel Park, right in front of the grandstand
“It’s a good machine, give us a lot of good service,” he said. “It’s well-maintained, hopefully, but we leave here tomorrow, it’ll be fit and ready for the duration of the fair.”
Tinsley’s carousel is not far from where the historic carousel spun for 75 years. It’s been gone nearly 30 years, and Tinsley said his machine is a pale comparison.
“It really needs a more elite machine,” he said of Carousel Park.