- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Fair is opening its gates for its annual 12-day run through Labor Day.

The 2015 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together starts Thursday. It features 40 new foods and 11 new frozen treats, from BBQ Pickle Ice Cream to Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-a-Stick. Two new rides debut on the Mighty Midway: the New York New York Fun House and the Super Nova Roller Coaster. Free SPF 30 sunscreen is on tap at all information booths.

But officials canceled all poultry exhibitions because of the bird flu outbreak. However, the Poultry Barn will be busy anyway as the industry highlights the importance of turkey and chicken production to Minnesota.

And the Turkey to Go stand is back. It debuts a breakfast sandwich to complement its drumsticks and sandwiches.

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