North Mankato Teen Takes 2nd at State Fair Amateur Talent Contest

(North Mankato, MN) – A North Mankato teen had a great showing at this year’s Amatuer Talent Contest at the Minnesota State Fair.

Lauren Senden took second place in the teen category with her vocal performance, “Ah, Je Veux Vivre.”

Other locals who were recognized at the Great Minnesota Get Together included Emily Annexstad of St. Peter, who was crowned the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, and Lexi Hansen of Good Thunder who had the Supreme Champion Light Horse Gelding.

In other notes from this year’s Minnesota State Fair:

A record total of 1,997,320 people attended, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 by more than 50,000.

The CHS Miracle of Birth Center welcomed 145 newborn animals, including 113 piglets, 12 calves and 20 lambs.

The brand new Great Big Wheel carried a total of 124,958 riders 15 stories high into the sky.

Total Grandstand attendance was 120,383 – a new record for the venue (not including MSF Amateur Talent Contest Finals).

The 2018 Minnesota State Fair will run Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

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