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Duluth Pack at the Minnesota State Fair

August 25, 2011
The Gopher welcomes everyone to the Minnesota State Fair

It’s that time of year again; the Minnesota State Fair starts today, and runs through Labor Day. Almost two million of our closest friends will visit the fair during the 12 day run. Duluth Pack will be there in the Dairy Building with the “World’s Largest Duluth Pack” to be a part of the action and take it all in.

Food is the first thing I think of when somebody mentions the Minnesota State Fair. What else is there? My favorites are mini-donuts, cheese curds, and gator on a stick, but during my four-day visit to the fair I will not limit my menu. Thinking I am going to have to swing through the North Woods area on Cooper Street and check out the Campfire Grill. The name alone is right up our alley.

One stop at the fair you might want to think about is the National Park Service in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. We are so lucky here in our state to have all this wonderful water and woods in which to go play. In Minnesota we have one National Park, two National Forests, two National Monuments, a Scenic River Way, a National Recreation Area, and a Wilderness Area. Can you name any of them for me?

No trip to the state fair is complete without a stop in the animal buildings at the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. Every animal from horses to cows to chickens to sheep and maybe even a llama or two can be found. And of course the granddaddy of them all the “Super-Boar” in the swine building must be seen.

The DNR building just south of the grandstand on Carnes Street has always been one of my favorites. It is fun to see all the animals native to our state and learn about what is going on in regards to our natural resources. But for me the fish pond out back is the real draw, all those Minnesota fish in one place makes an angler drool. However, a conservation officer has warned me that noodling for paddlefish will not be allowed.

Come see us in the Dairy Building, at the corner of Underwood and Judson, we will be there every day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. We love to talk canoe packs, backpacks, and the BWCAW, but no subject is out of bounds. Our experts have a broad base of knowledge and really enjoy sharing stories and adventures with everyone.



  • Tim August 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I love your packs. I was very disappointed, though, that pricing at the fair was the same as retail. What’s the point if I can drive to canal park and get the same deal with no admission and don’t have to carry it all over the fair? Fellow Minnesotan’s, if you’re reading this then you are online and conveniently close to shopping online. Don’t bother stopping by the fair booth.

    • BradP August 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      First, let me thank you for using our packs and enjoying them so much. Can’t tell you how many times people at the State Fair told me that they love our packs. “Lasts forever” seemed to be the common thread running amongst all comments.

      Second, you are correct that we do not discount our packs during the State Fair. It is our policy to not discount our products during any show we attend over the course of year, across the country. And while you may see it as unfair that you couldn’t find a discount, our Canal Park and online customers would also feel that same lack of equity if they saw a deal at the State Fair. For one reason or another many customers can’t get to St. Paul and we believe holding prices firm for all customers is only right.

      Our customers at the State Fair tell us time and time again, “thank you for coming to the Fair, we never make it to Duluth as often as we would like and it’s nice to not have to pay shipping.” At the State Fair we also get first time customers that have never heard of Duluth Pack before; it is great exposure for our company.

      Thank you for taking the time to read the blog and thank you for speaking your mind. During the State Fair so many people shared great Duluth Pack stories; I wish I could relay them all here. Without great customers like you who truly care about our packs we wouldn’t be in business. Next time you are in Duluth please stop by, and check in with us. • Brad

  • Jason K August 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    My Father in law is in town from Bosnia and we are very excited you will be at the fair. Like your reply says, I don’t think we can make it up to Duluth. The price is steep because he is already travelling and has limited resources, but I have a feeling once he sees the pack he’ll want one =) The quality and craftsmanship I believe is worth it, we’ll see what his resources allow though as he comes to the end of his trip!

    I think it is always fun to stop by and meet the people involved in the production of an item. It is nice to know the intention and idea behind the design / use of a product. Stopping by the fair offers a much better insight into the item you are purchasing than an online experience could give (or better yet it compliments it).

    Have to disagree with you, Tim :)

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