Friday, Aug. 23

GOVERNOR’S FIRE PREVENTION DAY In Carousel Park: This 15th annual fun-filled, action-packed event offers opportunities for families to learn about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. Activities and exhibits include the Fire Explorer Challenge, CPR and AED demonstrations, fire extinguisher and kitchen fire demonstrations, and the American Red Cross, Regions Hospital Burn Center and Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit. Demonstrations take place all day on the Carousel Park stage. Presented by the Governor’s Council on Fire Prevention and Control.


GRANDSTAND: Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms: 8 p.m., $28.

4-H BUILDING: 4-H State Arts-In Musical Performances: 11:30 a.m., 3:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

CAROUSEL PARK: Fair-Well-to-Summer Dance Party: Teens and young adults can show off their dance moves as DJs Mad Mardigan, Dudley D and Ben Quam spin tunes. 8 p.m.

DNR PARK: Russell From Minnesota with Skippin’ Stones: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 p.m.

HERITAGE SQUARE: The Roe Family Singers: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; The Harris Brothers: 2, 3 & 4 p.m.; Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles: 7 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Dirty Shorts Brass Band: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Six Appeal: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Socaholix: 7:30 & 8:45 p.m.; Chinese Flute Demonstration: noon, 1:30, 3 & 4:30 p.m.

LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Mountain Heart: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Dale Watson: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; Sunny Sweeney: 8:30 p.m.

RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Mark Stillman: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Ramm Band: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.


4-H BUILDING: 4-H Poultry Quiz Bowl: noon; 4-H Rabbit Quiz Bowl: 2 p.m.

CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Quiz Show: 5:30 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Studio: Here: A practicing Minnesota artist will create artwork and interact with fair guests. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

DAIRY BUILDING: Princess Kay and all members of her court will have their likenesses carved into 90-lb. blocks of butter. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

DNR PARK: Fish Pond Talks: Quarter to the hour. 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Meet Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Emerald Ash Borer: Shake hands with a costumed character, noon & 2 p.m.; Campfire Safety: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.

FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Lasertainment’s Laser Hits Show: High-powered aerial laser beams dance above guests while colorful images light up a gigantic screen — all choreographed to music. Located outdoors at the intersection of Cosgrove St. and Randall Ave. 9:15 p.m.; Kidsdance: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; ­Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Break-Shop Bump’n: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.; Alphabet Forest: Take pictures with fair letters, create alphabet Ferris wheels, add your words to the Fair Dictionary and more! Meet a different author each day in the Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota’s Homegrown Author Showcase. 9 a.m.; Great Big Sandbox: Dig, scoop and burrow your way through this sandbox for kids. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Pianos on Parade: “Artistically transformed” pianos that encourage visitors to spontaneously engage in art and music.

HERITAGE SQUARE: James Wedgwood: 5:30 p.m.; ShenaniGuns Comedy Wild West Show: Located east of Heritage Square and north of the Skyride, noon, 3 & 6 p.m.

LITTLE FARM HANDS: A hands-on agricultural experience for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Thank a Farmer Magic Show: noon, 4 & 6 p.m.; A-Maize-ing Corn Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

NORTHWOODS: Timberworks Lumberjack Show: 11 a.m., 1:30, 5 & 7 p.m.; Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound: 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

PARADE: A 14-block route through the fairgrounds, featuring a high school marching band competition, visiting royalty, floats and special attractions. 2 p.m.

PET CENTER: Giant Sing Along: A participatory public art installation that invites guests to belt out tunes. On Murphy Av. across from the Pet Center. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Luminarium Exxopolis: A walk-through sculpture of winding paths. Located at Cooper St. and Murphy Av. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. $4; under 5 free.

PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: Climate Change Youth Video Competition: 7 p.m.

VISITOR’S PLAZA: Fairchild & Fairborn Mascots: Free photo opportunities and autograph sessions. 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

THE X-ZONE: 3rd Lair Skatepark at the X-Zone: Athletes demonstrate their skills on skateboards, in-line skates and BMX bikes, noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30 & 6 p.m.; Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show: 11 a.m., 1, 4 & 5:30 p.m.


AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Looking in the Beehive: 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Cooking With Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Harvesting Honey: 1, 2, 4 & 5 p.m.

CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Milking Demonstrations: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 4-H Livestock Demonstrations: 9, 10:30 a.m., 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Blue Ribbon Winners Reveal Cake-Baking Secrets: 10, 11:30 a.m., 1 & 2:30 p.m.

DNR PARK: Fire Tower: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Jaws of Life Demonstration: noon & 3:30 p.m.

HERITAGE SQUARE: Blacksmith Demonstrations: 9 a.m., noon, 3 & 6 p.m.; Woodturner Demonstrations: 9 a.m., 1, 4 & 8 p.m.


AGSTAR ARENA: 4-H Market Lamb and Breeding Ewe: 4:30 p.m.; 4-H Dairy Goat Show, Market Goat, Breeding Doe Show and Showmanship: 8 a.m.

CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Make It Better With Butter Contest: 10 a.m.; Agrilympics: Celebrity Milking Contest: 2:30 p.m.

EDUCATION BUILDING: High School Robotics Competition: 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.; SPAM Contest: 8:30 a.m.

SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Sheep Open Class: 8, 8:30, 10:30 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Pigeon and Rabbit Open Class: 9 a.m.; 4-H Market Rabbit Show: 5 p.m.

SWINE BARN: 4-H Breeding and Market Gilt Show and Showmanship and Market Barrow Show and Showmanship: 8:30 a.m.

WARNER COLISEUM: English Horse Show: Performance Class: 1 & 6:30 p.m.; 4-H Market Beef Show and 4-H Dairy Steer Show and Showmanship: 7:30 a.m.; 4-H Beef Show Championship: 4 p.m.


CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Hand Milking Demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Talk to the Animals: 12:20 p.m.

MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Learn about animal agriculture production, veterinary science and the birthing process. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Nursery of Knowledge Presentations and Displays: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

PET CENTER: Pet Surgery: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; St. Paul Police K-9 Demonstrations: 7 p.m.

SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Baa Booth: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

SWINE BARN: Oink Booth: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Exhibit: Sample flights of Minnesota craft beers from more than 30 brewers. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Also educational stations and interactive stage programs at 3 and 6 p.m. Minnesota Wine Country: Presentations and tastings of the finest wines Minnesota vineyards and wineries have to offer. Daily scheduled programs from area winemakers, chefs and experts. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Ask the Apple Grower: 10 a.m.; Ask the Grape Grower: 11 a.m.; Starting Violets From Scratch: 10 a.m.; Learn to Grow a Straw Bale Garden: 3 p.m.; The Amazing Story of Corn: 11 a.m.; Backyard Composting the Easy Way: noon; Night Gardens for Reflection and to Improve Pollination: 1 p.m.; Growing Giant Pumpkins: 4 p.m.; Top 10 Reasons Beginning Gardens Fail: 5 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES: An exhibition of needlework, crafts, baking and canning by Minnesotans. 9 a.m.

PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: Healthy Local Food Cooking: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Chickens in the City: noon; Clearing the Air With Personal Horse Power: 10 a.m.; What’s Next for Local Foods in Schools?: noon; Community Solar Gardens: 2 p.m.; Organic Lawn Care: 4 & 6 p.m.