Big pigs and barn tours

by Mary Turck, 8/28/08 • The big boar is back, despite a dearth of entries that put this year’s exhibit in doubt until the last minute. On August 14, the St. Paul Pioneer Press headlined “State Fair’s ‘big boar’ contest remains short on sizable swine.” According to the PiPress, the all-time record pig was 1,340-pound Curt in 1994. Last year, Guy Noir said he “was hired by the Minnesota State Fair to provide security for Minnesota’s Largest Pig Ricky, a 1200-pound porker in a pen in the Swine Barn.”

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Farmer to farmer at the Fair

by Mary Turck, 8/24/08 • White enamel church basement coffeepots hang from the ceiling, but the coffee bar inside doesn’t have Grandma’s egg coffee. The Farmers’ Union booth now offers karaoke and cappuccino, along with the more traditional balloons and yardsticks.

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