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Go to State Fair w/ a group--walking tour/history | 2 mi. | buy own gate ticket
Interested in meeting new people? New to MN? Or just like to go to the Minnesota State Fair with a group? This is your chance. We'll use a map and other information that the State Fair has prepared for a self-guided history walk on the Fairgrounds. Meet just inside the northern park-and-ride gate (bus-corral/transit hub) entrance, which is at the west/northwest corner of the Fairgrounds. It is recommended that you purchase in advance (and remember to bring along) a pre-Fair discount gate ticket to save a few dollars. ($11 for advance tickets, versus regular cost of $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+) In any case, once we've gathered, we'll chat for a while and then proceed to an information booth to pick up the tour brochures. Kickoff from the meeting location no later than 10 am, so leave enough time to catch the park-and-ride bus and get there! Look for a woman wearing an extra-large, floppy pink sunhat. Bring sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle, and wear comfortable walking shoes. If you wish to purchase food or beverage at the Fair, remember to bring money for that, too. (It is perfectly fine to pack and bring a lunch with you, if you prefer.) After the tour, you may wish to stay on the grounds to enjoy other attractions. And if you wish to leave and go off on your own earlier, that is certainly fine. Everyone is an adult, and we're just all showing up to hang out together for a while. Here's a web page with more detail about the State Fair history tour materials. https://www.mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/attraction/history-highlights-of-the-international-bazaar-kidway-and-progress-center/ Pre-Fair tickets are available online here for $11: https://www.mnstatefair.org/tickets/buy-admission-tickets-early-and-save/ Tickets also can be purchased ahead of the Fair in person at the Fairgrounds, at many Twin Cities Cub locations, the Minneapolis Visitor Information Center in downtown Minneapolis, and locations in greater Minnesota and Hudson, Wis. while supplies last. See the Fair website for more information. https://www.mnstatefair.org/tickets/buy-admission-tickets-early-and-save/ And of course full-price tickets are available at the entrance gates, as well. $14 for adults; $12 for seniors age 65+. Map of Minnesota State Fair Grounds: https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/maps/ Again, we will meet just inside the entrance gate by the Transit Hub for the Park & Ride Buses at the west/northwest part of the grounds. I will update this event with some distinctive way to find me that day.

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EvolvingConnections is a group of people mostly age 50+, but we won't kick you out if you're not quite 50. We're from a variety of backgrounds, but the main thing that defines is us that we are still as active, energetic and engaged in our own lives and communities as we have been in the past (or sometimes even more so). Most of us would identify as Baby Boomers.

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Assertively bucking the culturally imposed expectations of what it means to be 50+ is a major characteristic of Evolving Connectors. We can acknowledge our age matter-of-factly without acting the way that others think people of our age "should" act.

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