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.