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A World's Fair in Minnesota? State will make its bid for Expo 2023

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A Superbowl in 2018, an NCAA Final Four tournament in 2019 – and a World's Fair in 2023?

It could be in the cards for Minnesota.

According to the Expo2023 Facebook page, a committee of Minnesota business leaders and boosters on Friday announced that they have begun planning to submit the formal bid to host the 2023 event. The bid will center on the theme "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well-Being for All."

Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee Co-Chairs are Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Lois Quam, who met with reporters on Friday as the effort was launched. Bid director and former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie also attended the event.

Ritchie said the effort will be privately funded and that he doesn't expect the state or federal governments to chip in any financial help.

The Expo2023 website predicts the event would bring 12 million visitors to Minnesota, and calculates that they would bring $4 billion in tourism dollars with them.

The Star Tribune notes that the 2023 event, which would be staged from mid-May to mid-August, would be the first World's Fair in the U.S. since 1984. The World's Fair is more than 150 years old and traditionally attracts millions of visitors.

Minnesota's bid is for a smaller event that is scheduled between the bigger ones that are held every five years.

The bid committee hasn't yet determined where in the Twin Cities they'd put the fair, but the events -- and the visitors -- would be expected to fan out to other parts of the state.

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