Minnesota State #AintFair rally for Castile blocks streets and State Fair gates

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Activists rallied at the Minnesota State Fair Saturday bearing signs that read "Minnesota State #AintFair."

According to the Facebook event, the group started in Falcon Heights around 11 a.m. where Philando Castile was fatally shot by a St. Anthony police officer.

From there, the group moved towards the State Fairgrounds.

At the intersection of Snelling and Larpenteur, the protesters stopped and lay down in the street for a "die-in."

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The Minnesota State Fair tweeted out that the area was temporarily closed and warned fair-goers to use alternative routes.

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The activists lay down in the street for about a minute to represent the fact that Castile had been pulled over by police dozens of times before.

Then the group got up and continued their march toward the fair.

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The protesters made their way to the main gate, which was shut down completely for a while.

St. Paul police met the protesters there and demanded they clear the area. The activists refused.

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Protesters occupied the entrance for about half an hour. While that entrance was closed, fair-goers had to walk down to the Como entrance.

A BringMeTheNews producer on scene said the activists started to disperse around 2 p.m. and made their way back to Falcon Heights.

Historically, the second Saturday of the State Fair tends to be the busiest day.

Castile's funeral in St. Louis, Missouri was also on Saturday. KTVI reports he was originally from Missouri and is to be buried there in Calvary Cemetery.

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