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New attractions announced for 2015 Minnesota State Fair


ST. Paul, Minn. (KTTC) -- As if there wasn't already enough to do, see and eat at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Minnesota State Fair has now announced new attractions that will be featured this year.

The new attractions were announced late Wednesday morning and include rides, educational experiences, competitions, and activities for the whole family.

Fair goers will put their thinking caps on as they visit the new Math-On-A-Stick and History on a Schtick experiences. Activities include scavenger hunts, plays, music and trivia.

Animal enthusiasts will not miss out on the birds altogether, even though all poultry fair competitions have been cancelled this year due to the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak earlier this year. Instead, the poultry barn will feature interactive displays and activities for people to learn about the birds.

People can also put their creative side to the test with some new competitions. From designing an outfit out of recycled and upcycled materials to depicting their favorite fair animal in a decorated cookie (on a stick of course), there is something for anyone with a competitive edge.

In the Mighty Midway, there are two new attractions for 2015. Fair goers can make their way through the New York New York Fun House featuring four stories of wacky mirrors, obstacles and slides. Meanwhile, those looking for a thrill can take a ride on the Super Nova Roller Coaster.

The Hmong culture, history and arts will be featured in the first-ever Hmong Minnesota Day at the fair on Monday, September 7. The celebration will showcase Hmong American heritage through music, dancing, spoken word and traditional clothing.

Though the fair will take place in the heat of summer, ice will take center stage August 31 for Figure Skating Day. Fans be able to meet Olympic Gold Medalist and World Figure Skating Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, as well as skater, choreographer and Minnesota native Rohene Ward, who will also be signing autographs. Local skating clubs will also get the chance to perform on a plastic ice sheet.

And if you forget to pack your sun protection when you visit the fair, not to worry. New this year, SPF 30 sunscreen will be available at all information booths throughout the fair grounds.

Also among this year's additions will be new history highlights, new merchandise vendors, and other special exhibits. Announced earlier this year are 40 new foods that will be found at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. And of course, anyone looking for musical entertainment will be able to check out the performances at the Grandstand.

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair will get underway August 27 and will run until September 7.

To learn more about this year's new attractions, and other activities at the fair, click here.

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