Category: What’s New!

Minnesota State Fair: Great Big Wheel

One of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America is coming to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. The Great Big Wheel will carry riders to a height of 156 feet, offering breathtaking views of the State Fairgrounds and the Twin Cities. This is the first time the Great Big Wheel is at the State Fair. “We’ve been working for years to land a spectacular ride like the Great Big Wheel,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer in a release May 19. “It will be placed at the center of Machinery Hill on the north side of...

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Creator of Giant Slide Fred Pittroff inducted

Fred Pittroff, creator, owner and operator of the Giant Slide, was inducted into the Minnesota State Fair Hall of Fame in January. The Hall of Fame Award is the State Fair’s highest honor. For 49 years, Pittroff’s Giant Slide has been a State Fair icon, creating lifelong memories for generations of families. Fred’s daughter Stacey met her future husband Robert at the State Fair and were married in 1996 going down the Giant Slide. The couple’s love story can be read here. Pittroff’s lifetime in the amusement industry has had a profound influence not only in Minnesota but in...

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