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A Week of State Fair Infographics, Day Two: Art at the State Fair

It’s interesting to me what people make a beeline toward when they get to the State Fair. Some immediately begin searching for culinary adventures, happily chewing on ostrich and alligator. Some stare at newly born animals, losing themselves in their large, watery eyes and briefly forgetting that the Miracle of Birth building probably should properly be called The Miracle of How Our Food Is Born. Some head to look at tractors, while others march directly to the Midway to try their hands at the bally games and fair rides.

Some look for art. I do — although I must confess I always hit the crop art before I head over to see the juried art show. But I also like to roam around the fairgrounds, seeing what sorts of things have been carved out of tree trunks with chainsaws, or just how cleverly local flora has been forced to grow into the shapes of gophers and Elvis. There’s a massive amount of art to be seen at the fair, and a more diverse collection of Minnesota artsts than you’re going to find anywhere else. The following infographic will offer an introduction to this year’s selection of art at the fair.

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