Preparing a Grand Pavilion for the Next 100 Years
The swine barn at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds has played an integral role in bringing together swine industry leaders, thousands of 4-H, FFA, open-class exhibitors, and millions of fair guests. Built more than 80 years ago, the heavily used swine barn is showing its age and is in dire need of repairs and improvements that support the health, safety and overall experience of exhibitors, livestock and fair guests. With over 1,800 swine exhibited during the 12-day State Fair, the Swine Barn Improvement Campaign presents an unparalleled opportunity to build on the generations-old tradition of showing swine and using the iconic swine barn to showcase the best in our state's agriculture. Now named the Robert A. Christensen Pavilion in honor of Christensen Farms founder and swine industry visionary Bob Christensen, gifts to the campaign are funding significant capital improvements to the swine facility over several years to improve biosecurity, ventilation, lighting, technology and more.
We invite you to be a part of this updating this historic building! To donate to the Swine Barn Improvement Campaign, click the button below. For information about payment schedules for pledges of $1,000+, donor recognition, and naming opportunities, please call 651-288-4324.