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Alphabet Forest turns 5 at Minnesota State Fair


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- An educational attraction at the Minnesota State Fair is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports that even the creator of the Alphabet Forest wasn't sure if her low-budget project would last more than a year. Minnesota artist Debra Frasier created the first full-time literacy area at any state fair with few materials and support in 2010.

Now the Alphabet Forest attracts 25,000 or more fairgoers each year. It offers creative activities and games that encourage kids to use words.

The Alphabet Forest will also host 16 local authors and illustrators this year.

The deputy general manager of the Minnesota State Fair says the Alphabet Forest helps bring the educational component of the fair's original mission to life.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,

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