Last minute preparations for the Minnesota State Fair were being made Monday ahead of Thursday's Opening Day. Competition begins as early as Tuesday, however, in horsemanship events in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, where Julia Lum, riding Shorty, practiced on the jumping course before tomorrow's Hunter and Jumper competition.
Meanwhile over on the Midway, Gary Oren won a Coke off his nephew, Coy Max Heatherly, shooting free throws after he finished setting up his basketball shooting booth Monday evening. Oren has been bringing the booth to the Minnesota State Fair for 20 years. @startribune