MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One of the prime State Fair destinations for shoppers and vendors is the Grandstand. It’s where some have made selling wares a lifelong event.
Billy Newcomb has been selling kitchen gadgets for 30 years at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. His parents started the business 51 years before that. The 12 days at the State Fair are like coming home for him, and the other vendors surrounding his stand.
“All my neighbors around me here are family for 12 days. Some of them, I’ve been next to them now for 30 years,” he said.
The first couple days of the fair are spent catching up with everyone.
“We get to know their families, we get to know their friends, and in this business, you never say goodbye, you say, ‘See you down the road.'”
The Newcomb family is getting ready to continue the legacy at the Grandstand. Billy Newcomb’s daughter, niece and nephew are already preparing to take over the business.