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Crashes, mayhem, fire drew State Fair crowds to Thrill Day

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Jon Collins

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FALCON HEIGHTS — The Minnesota State Fair’s Grandstand is well-known as a venue for performers like Tim McGraw or Aretha Franklin. But there was a time when the Grandstand was the stage for utter mayhem.

At the 1933 fair, the top draw was a collision between two locomotives, as the Lake Benton News breathlessly described:

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