St. Paul, Minnesota
The Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota, is not only the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance, but it is also a beloved end-of-summer tradition that has been celebrated since 1859. Known as the "Great Minnesota Get-Together", this annual event attracts a staggering 1.8 million people each year, making it a significant and highly anticipated gathering.
To enhance the fairgrounds and create a more enjoyable experience for attendees, the organizers decided to embark on a revitalization project. They recognized the need for permanent pavilions in the area just east of the Grandstand music stage, providing a versatile and sheltered space for various events and gatherings.
The Minnesota State Fairgrounds selected Superior Shelter as their preferred provider. The decision was based on several key factors, including the classic construction, modern design, competitive price, and the ability to meet the installation deadline.
To maximize the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the pavilions, two standard-design Gable End Shelters were installed close to each other. The strategic placement allowed for seamless connectivity, providing a cohesive and inviting atmosphere for fairgoers. To further enhance the visual appeal, a striking Horton Pavilion sign was installed, acting as a unifying element between the two shelters.
To ensure a pleasant ambiance during evening events, light fixtures were incorporated into the steel frames of the pavilions. These fixtures were carefully designed with concealed wiring, resulting in a clean and polished look while maintaining safety standards. This attention to detail not only enhances the overall aesthetics of the pavilions but also adds an element of charm and sophistication to the space.
The pavilions have already hosted a variety of events and are bound to host more in the future. The addition of these permanent structures demonstrates the fairgrounds' commitment to creating a vibrant community space and ensuring future generations can experience the magic of the "Great Minnesota Get-Together."