Thrifty Thursday: Reduced admission: Adults (13 & over) $9; kids (5-12) $6; children (under 5) free. All-day discounts are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides, games and concessions. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Thrifty Thursday bargains.
GRANDSTAND: BoDeans: With Big Head Todd & the Monsters, 7 p.m. $28.
FAMILY FAIR STAGE: Eric Buss: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Monster Shop Bump'n with the BC Characters: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.; Minnesota State Fair County Fair Talent Contest: 7 p.m.
HERITAGE SQUARE: The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Kerry Christensen: 2, 3 & 4 p.m.; The Pines: 6:30 & 7:45 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Lehto & Wright: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Sisters of Swing: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Neil Dynamite: 7:30 & 9 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Gwen Sebastian and Breakaway: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Geno Delafose: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Jeff Allen: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.
RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Bingham & Thorne: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Singleton Street: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
THE X-ZONE: Music Mayhem: A showcase of high school battle of the bands winners, 5:30 & 7 p.m. FAMILY FARE
4-H EXHIBITS: Minnesota youth showcase their talents in demonstrations, skits, fashion shows and exhibits, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Harkness Stage Players: 11:30 a.m., 5 & 7:30 p.m.
CAROUSEL PARK: STEM Day: The Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing presents STEM Day, for guests to experience science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on projects and demonstrations. Activities include constructing a bridge, experiencing the power of an earthquake, engineering an instrument or making concrete float. Fairgoers can also learn about the connection between STEM and everything from animal barns to midway rides.
DNR STAGE: Fish Pond Talks: At quarter to every hour, 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. LaserShoot Booth and Archery Range: 10:30 a.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; State Park Naturalist Program: 11 a.m.; Ecuador Manta: 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m.; Snakes Alive!: 4 p.m.; Hardwood Home Companions: 3 p.m.; Winter in Summer! Skiing & Snowshoeing in Minnesota: 1 p.m.; Last Chance Forever: Birds displayed, 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: Educational and health institutions share information. Free giveaways, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mary Taylor Allen Fiddlers: 9 & 10:45 p.m.; KVSC Radio Broadcast: noon; Wild Rose Cloggers: 7:30 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND COMPETITION: Becker, Rosemount, Onalaska (Wis.), North Lakes Academy and Eden Prairie.
NORTHWOODS: Ironjack Timber Team: 11 a.m., 1:30, 5 & 7 p.m.; Ron Schara's Minnesota Bound: 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
THE X-ZONE: 3rd Lair Skate Park: Skateboards, in-line and BMX, 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. ANIMALS
WARNER COLISEUM: English Horse Show: 6:30 p.m.
CATTLE BARN: Moo Booth: 9 a.m.; Milking Demonstrations: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.
UDGING ARENA: Beef Cattle: 4-H Cow/Calf and Prospect Market Calves, 1:30 p.m.; Beef Cattle: 4-H Breeding Heifers, 4 p.m.
MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Ag Magic Show: Noon, 4 & 6 p.m.; FFA Awards Ceremony, 2:30 p.m.
PET CENTER: Surgery Suite: Live spaying and neutering, 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; St. Paul Police K-9 Unit Demonstration: 7 p.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Baa Booth: 9 a.m.; Poultry: 4-H Poultry & Showmanship, 1 p.m.
SWINE BARN: Oink Booth: 9 a.m.; Pig Tales Talk: In the sow and litter pen with trivia and prizes, 11 a.m.
HOME AND HOBBIES
AGRICULTURE HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Demonstrations and exhibits, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Looking in the Hive: 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Cooking With Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Rendering and Using Beeswax: 3 & 3:30 p.m.; Garden Information (U of M Extension Master Gardeners): 9 a.m.; How to Rescue Grandma's African Violet (African Violet Society): 10 a.m., 4 p.m.; Topping Your Tree (Minn. Christmas Tree Association): 11 a.m.; Native Plants, Birds and Butterflies (U of M Extension Master Gardeners): noon; Tabletops for the Holidays (Minn. Christmas Tree Association): 1 p.m.; Love on a Stick Dating Game (Minn. State Florist Association): 2 p.m.; Lawn Care (Minn. Nursery and Landscape Association): 3 & 6 p.m.; The Safe Six (Minn. Mycological Society): 5 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES: Demonstration Kitchen: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; First Ladies Cookie Recipes: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Paul Bunyan's Apple Rhubarb Cobbler: 3 p.m.; Liberace's Steak Flambe: 5 p.m.
ECO EXPERIENCE IN THE PROGRESS CENTER: Innovative Compostable Plastics: 9:30 a.m.; Community Energy Challenge: 11 a.m.; Blue Thumb Planting for Clean Water: 1 p.m.; CenterPoint Home Energy Audits: The Inside Story on Energy Savings: 2:30 p.m.; Solar Jeopardy: 4:30, 6 p.m.
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