Minnesota State Fair officials have unveiled a $15 million project to replace its aging Heritage Square attraction. General Manager Jerry Hammer says it will be called “West End Market” and will open for the next year’s fair.
In Heritage Square, history meets the modern day. There, skills long forgotten are second nature to Joel Miller.
One long-time attraction at the Minnesota State Fair is the area known as Heritage Square. It’s a more old-fashioned kind of entertainment, with historical exhibits, a newspaper museum, and various shops and food outlets. This may be the last year for Heritage Square as it is now; plans are being discussed to tear it down and create a transit hub instead.
At the Minnesota State Fair, Heritage Square has a tradition of old fashioned themes and history, but this year the emphasis is on its future. Organizers are considering a major renovation in that area of the grounds next year.
For nearly 50 years, Heritage Square has invited Minnesota State Fairgoers to take a slow walk down memory lane. But it could soon be offering fairgoers a quick and modern trip to and from the fairgrounds.
From deep-fried food to riveting rides and cattle contests to awe-inspiring art — the State Fair is part of Minnesota’s homegrown heritage and it’s chock-full of nostalgia and traditions of a time passed.