Fairgoers are invited to meet and greet legislators and weigh in on hot political topics during their visit to the House of Representatives booth at the state fair.
Take a “selfie,” a “twofie” or a formal portrait to post on social media as you grab the gavel and stand behind a replica of the House speaker’s desk. Complete with flags and the Abraham Lincoln portrait, the display gives you a feel for what it is like to stand in this position of power. Be sure to find out the fascinating history behind the portrait.
The annual House opinion poll draws the attention of around 10,000 participants and will, once again, be available. Fairgoers can let their opinions be known on a number of issues such as public subsidies to the NFL for hosting the Super Bowl, legalizing marijuana for recreational use, requiring swimming lessons for all K-12 students and increasing the gas tax.
Poll results should be available on the House website Sept. 2, the day after the fair.
The House of Representatives exhibit is located in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street, just north of Dan Patch Avenue.
The following is a list of representatives planning to attend (as of 9 a.m. Aug. 20) including dates, times and the district they represent: (Please note: The schedule is subject to daily change. Like the MN House Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for the most up-to-date-changes)
Thursday, Aug. 21
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Mike Freiberg (45B), Rep. Rick Hansen (52A)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Rick Hansen (52A)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Rep. Mike Sundin (11A)
Friday, Aug. 22
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Clark Johnson (19A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Tim Faust (11B)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Joe Mullery (59A), Rep. John Persell (5A)
Saturday, Aug. 23
4 p.m. to 6 pm.: Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (18B); House Speaker Paul Thissen (61B)
Sunday, Aug. 24
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Jerry Newton (37A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Jason Isaacson (42B)
Monday, Aug. 25
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Tom Hackbarth (31B)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Tom Hackbarth (31B)
Tuesday, Aug. 26
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Barb Yarusso (42A), Rep. Dan Schoen (54A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Duane Quam (25A)
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Phyllis Kahn (60B), Rep. Diane Loeffler (60A)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Duane Quam (25A)
Thursday, Aug. 28
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Joe Atkins (52B), Rep. Leon Lillie (43B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. JoAnn Ward (53A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rep. John Petersburg (24A)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Rep. Jason Isaacson (42B)
Friday, Aug. 29
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Raymond Dehn (59B), Rep. Laurie Halverson (51B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Paul Torkelson (16B)
Saturday, Aug. 30
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Roger Erickson (2A), Rep. Ron Kresha (9B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Phyllis Kahn (60B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. David Bly (20B)