Photo gallery: Welcome to the fair

A wet start to the 2014 State Fair
It was a wet opening morning Thursday for the 2014 Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn.
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Deep fried breakfast on a stick
Among the new offerings this year is Deep-Fried Breakfast on a Stick: American and Swiss cheeses, a sausage patty, one egg and Canadian bacon between two pancakes, dipped in batter and deep-fried on a stick. It's one of only a handful of new "stick" foods at the Minnesota State Fair this year.
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The Minnesota State Fair kicked off Thursday morning and marked historic changes, an annual parade of new foods (some on a stick!) and the unofficial start to campaign season.

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Andrew Berg, a 4-H participant from Pipestone, trims his sheep's coat in preparation for competition Thursday.
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