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'Unite in Purple' day to honor Prince at Minnesota State Fair

Prince at Coachella 2008 -- miss you Prince :-(

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We love Prince; we'll never forget him.

Problem is, we also love the Minnesota State Fair, and its intoxicating swirl of livestock births, free Billy Bob Thornton concerts, Spam sushi, gleaming farm equipment, and Garrison Keillor crop art means we'll risk forgetting the late music superstar, if only for a deep-fried minute. 

Not so fast, says the fair, as news arrived Monday of "Unite in Purple," a Prince tribute day slated for August 26 at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. 

But what does it all mean? Let us paraphrase Monday's press release for you: 

  • Live music tributes to The Purple One throughout the fair. 
  • A "Prince Party in the Park" at Carousel Park featuring DJ Dudley D, Prince's personal DJ. 
  • Buildings and rides washed in purple lights 
  • A spectacular fireworks display brought to you by loser automaker Mazda. 
  • "Vendor goods" inspired by Prince. 
  • Giveaways, surprises, and the lofty promise of "fun for all." 

The festivities celebrating Minnesota's favorite son are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and run throughout the night. The first 5,000 folks entering the fairgrounds after that time will receive glow bracelets; the first 7,500 will receive purple buttons. Fairgoers are urged to wear the most Prince-approved color known to man: purple.