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2012 State Fair poster unveiled

Today the Minnesota State Fair unveiled its 2012 commemorative art.

Artist Joe Heffron's work in colored pencil features a red rooster as its centerpiece, surrounded by other iconic elements of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.


Heffron's work was chosen from among 50 after a call for entries just prior to the 2011 State Fair, fair officials said. The five finalists, including Heffron, were chosen to create near-complete artistic interpretations of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. From that group, Heffron was selected as the official artist by a panel of judges including members of the visual arts community and State Fair staff.

Previous Minnesota State Fair artists have included: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (2004), Mary GrandPre (2005), Nancy Carlson (2006), Michael Birawer (2007), Edie Abnet (2008), Leo Stans (2009), Deborah Voyda Rogers (2010) and Steve Thomas (2011).

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