Minnesota History DaySt. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - It’s Minnesota History Day at the fair.
By: Katherine Johnson, WDAY
St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - It’s Minnesota History Day at the fair.
Sunday, Carousel Park was filled with folk music performed by local artists, in addition to some old state treasures, like Paul Bunyan and Babe.
In honor of the day, we found the most historic site at the fair, and introduces us to the people behind Ye Old Mill.
Folk music and folk tales are at the heart of Minnesota history.
But what may be an even better example than Paul and Babe: A quiet ride, hidden, off the midway, the most historic building at the fair.
Jeremy Keenan- Ye Old Mill: “Our great grandfather started this. His first year was 1915."
Ye Old Mill is 98 years old this year, and like the five generations of Keenan men that have run it, it’s never missed a fair.
Joe Keenan- Ye Old Mill: "It's great cocktail party conversation to be able to say you own the oldest tunnel of love in the country!"
Even when a 2007 storm knocked out the roof just weeks before opening day, the Minnesota staple was up and running by fair time. For me, it was a little scary.
But for others, it’s life-changing.
Keenan: “Every year, we have engagements. I think we've had three or four this year alone."
The Keenan brothers are now scattered all throughout the country, but this tradition keeps the family together. And it’s fitting.
Joe Keenan: "It's a great reunion for us and it’s a great tradition for people here in Minnesota."
After all, they don’t call it the great Minnesota get-together for nothing
With just one more one day of the great Minnesota get-together, it's last chance day, which means things throughout the fairgrounds will be offered at a discount, including children's tickets.