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New attractions announced for 2016 Minnesota State Fair

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -

The Minnesota State Fair is only weeks away, and the Great Minnesota Get-Together is so much more than just rides and food-on-a-stick! In anticipation of the fair opening, a number of new attractions have been announced for 2016.

Among the additions is the return of chickens to the fair, following a year of quarantine due to the bird flu outbreak. The Hen House will be an opportunity to see egg production at work in modern chicken housing. 

Kids ages 3 to 10 can experience the farm life with new hands-on activities at Kemps Little Farm Hands. The young farmers will learn about topics ranging from soil erosion, to the work of honeybees. 

Also for the animal lovers is the ever-popular CHS Miracle of Birth Center. The center has been a favorite free exhibit at the fair throughout its 15 years. What's new this year is that the center will now be a stop on a self-guided history walking and cell phone tour. 

Fair-goers can relieve some stress and get a workout with the Great Yoga Get-Together at Carousel Park. Yogis of all levels are welcome to join in on a variety of classes.

For those who head to the fair with competitive spirit, new competitions include a meat grilling contest and draft horse barrel racing. 

Looking for the perfect spots to snap the perfect photo? This year, badges on the ground mark "Selfie Spots" at five locations that will capture iconic landmarks at the fair. 

There are even more attractions that are brand new this year. To see the complete list, click here. 

The Minnesota State Fair will open August 25 and will run through Labor Day on September 5. 

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