Shareholders of the Blue Earth County Fair Association voted by an overwhelming margin to move the fair to the edge of Mankato from its current location in Garden City. The final tally was 175 votes to authorize the sale and 76 votes against it. The move is contingent on constructing a new fairgrounds from scratch. A feasibility study will be done to determine the cost of obtaining at least 30 acres near Mankato and constructing the buildings necessary to host a fair. The study will also determine whether moving the financially struggling fair would return it to profitability. The vote came after over an hour of comments from shareholders, some for the move, some against it. The move could happen as soon as 2015. Two independent auditors were on hand to oversee the vote to verify its legitimacy.