Minnesota Territory first held a Territorial Fair in 1854, although the first Minnesota State Fair didn’t happen until 1859, the year after statehood. Since then, the fair has run annually except for five different years. In 1861 and 1862, the fair was not held because of the Civil War and the Dakota War of 1862. Scheduling issues between the fair and the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois caused the 1893 show to be canceled. The fair again closed because of war in 1945, as fuel was in short supply. It was again closed in 1946 because of an outbreak of Polio. The fair is one the most fun things to visit in MN, there are so many things to do. You can eat, drink, play, shop and even go on rides.One of the best part of the fair is the food there is so much food and from so many different places it’s like heaven. At the fair there is so much to do u can barely fit it all in one day.