It's a nice place for pigs, and it has a new name

Swine Barn at the State Fair
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It's a new day for one of the top livestock attractions at the Minnesota State Fair.

The swine barn on the west end of the historic state fairgrounds was built 80 years ago, but recent improvments have made it a more comfortable area for fairgoers, exhibitors, and the livestock that's on display or put up for auction.  

Sanitation removal and air ventilation have been improved, new stalls that can be easily sanitized are in place, and there are new wash racks for biosecurity.  

And now, there's a new name.  

It's the Robert Christensen Pavilion, named after the late pork producer and technology pioneer whose operations were based in Sleepy Eye.  

The upgrades and renaming were spearheaded by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, which raises money to rebuild and restore historic facilities on the fairgrounds. 

The 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together starts on Aug. 22 and ends on Labor Day, Sept. 2.