National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years During Minnesota State Fair
Fairgoers encouraged to Find Your Park on August 29
The National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial in 2016, marking a major milestone in the preservation of America’s special places. To celebrate, America’s best idea is coming to the Great Minnesota Get Together during the first-ever National Park Service Centennial Day on August 29.
Hosted by Minnesota’s national parks, friends groups and partners, Carousel Park will be filled with hands-on activity stations that educate, entertain and inspire attendees to get to know and to treasure the parks right here in Minnesota’s own backyard, including Grand Portage National Monument, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, North Country Scenic Trail, Pipestone National Monument, Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and Voyageurs National Park (learn more at nps.gov/state/mn). In addition to activity stations, the stage will be filled with music by The Lost Forty, cultural performance by Asian Media Access, guest appearance by Mark Twain and special visitors from the Raptor Center, and park-related trivia hosted by Trivia Mafia. Park passport holders also will be able to collect special fair-only stamp as part of the National Park Service passport program.
“The Centennial year has presented us with a tremendous opportunity to introduce Minnesota’s national parks and all they have to offer to those who don’t know us, and to celebrate with those who do,” said John Anfinson, Superintendent, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. “We hope fair goers will leave inspired to find their park both here and across the country.”
Spearheaded by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the centerpiece of the Centennial celebration is a public awareness and education campaign titled “Find Your Park.” With more than 400 national parks throughout the United States, including six in Minnesota, the campaign encourages everyone to explore, learn, discover, play and be inspired in all of our national parks. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. With special events across the country and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark during the Centennial.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 412 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at nps.gov and FindYourPark.com.