Ye Old Mill to get a makeover at Minn. State Fair

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The owners of Ye Old Mill at the Minnesota State Fair take comfort in tradition. Through its 98 years, the Mill hasn't changed a lot. The motor used for its first spin is still used today. The playful scenes that pass by for the most part have remained the same. And while a little water will pool at the bottom of the boat as you wind your way around, it's just part of the nostalgia of the ride.

The Mill is predictable and that's what fairgoers come to expect, except this year the owners will mix things up a bit.

The Keenan family has hired the designer from Macy's 8th floor auditorium to re-do some of the scenes throughout the Mill.

"What you got here is a whimsical, Northwoods scene, with an average family country cottage, some trees, a lake, lady slippers," described Jim Keenan.

It's the creation of artist Allen Brewer.

"It's cool to be a part of it," said Brewer. "It's cool to kind of put my own stamp on it, all the while kind of working with the tradition of what's here."

While many of the cartoon-like cutouts from years past will still be used, the backgrounds that they sit in will be a lot brighter and more colorful than in years past.

You'll be able to get a look for yourself sooner rather than later. The Minnesota State Fair begins August, 25th.

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