Floods shut down North Dakota State Fair, but even state shutdown won’t close Minnesota’s

The devastating floods in Minot have caused the North Dakota State Fair to be cancelled, the first time that’s happened in the fair’s nearly 50-year history.

Hopes for a scaled-down version of the fair at the end of July were dashed by reports that the Souris River flood waters won’t recede as fast as first expected.

Here in Minnesota, even a prolonged state government shutdown won’t cause a cancellation of the Minnesota’s State Fair. The fair is self-supporting and self-governing, and here’s the fair’s official statement on the matter:

 The Minnesota State Fair remains open during the state government shutdown, and the Great Minnesota Get-Together will go on as planned Aug. 25 through Labor Day Sept. 5. The State Fair is financially self-supporting and receives no government funding of any kind. The State Fair has a very close working relationship with the Minnesota Department of Health, which inspects food concession operations at the State Fair. We have been in contact with them about the status of their availability and been assured the agency will have inspectors on-site. Amusement rides are inspected prior to and daily during the fair by a contracting ride inspection company without government ties, so they will continue as usual. Regarding state-agency exhibits like DNR, we’re not certain at this point and can’t speak on their behalf about their plans.

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