Karlyn Coleman & Cori Doerrfeld THE GREAT GET-TOGETHER

We are thrilled to welcome back local author Karlyn Coleman and local illustrator Cori Doerrfeld as they present their new book, The Great Get-Together, which is all about something we Minnesotans collectively love more than most things---The Minnesota State Fair! And right on the heels of this annual delight!

As summer winds down and kids prepare for the new school year, something unusual happens. People disappear from backyards and parks, funneling instead to a marvelous place. They arrive by bus and by bike, alone and in groups. There they mingle,

Tickets in hand,
tickets bought at a stand,
excitement growing and growing.
The gates open up;
crowds pass through.
What's on the other side?

The answer? The State Fair, of course! This seasonal celebration draws people of all kinds, young and old, rural and urban, competitors and spectators. And at a fair this big, this sprawling, this inviting, there truly is something for everyone.

To Attend:

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Masks are encouraged.

Signing Guidelines:

Following the event, Karlyn & Cori will be available to sign copies of their book. If you are unable to attend but would still like a signed copy, you may order a copy from this page and we will ship after the event, or hold it behind the counter for local pickup. Please note in your order any personalization requests and we will do our best to accommodate. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 8th to guarantee signed copies.


KARLYN COLEMAN is an award-winning writer, teacher, and creative collaborator and the author of Where Are All the Minnesotans?






CORI DOERRFELD is the author-illustrator behind the New York Times best-selling book The Rabbit Listened and numerous other titles.









The Great Get-Together By Karlyn Coleman, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karlyn Coleman, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781681342689
Availability: Usually Ships from Wholesaler in 1-5 Days
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - August 15th, 2023

Step right up Blue ribbons, daring rides, strutting animals, foods-on-a-stick--all this and more await at the annual reunion, the greatest of get-togethers, the state fair.

Event Address: 
2720 West 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
United States