Reduced admission–Adults (13 & over) $11; Kids (5–12) $8. All-day discounts are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Thrifty Thursday bargains for all fair guests.
GRANDSTAND: Toby Keith: With Colt Ford. 7:30 p.m.
DNR PARK: Darlene and the Boys: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Ecuador Manta: 7 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: Young Fiddlers Association: 10 & 11 a.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Axis Mundi: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Spanish Flamenco Guitar and Dance: Noon, 1:30, 3 & 4:30 p.m.; Los Conocidos: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Hitchville: 7:30 & 8:45 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BAND SHELL: The Railers: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Tonic Sol-Fa: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Chad Brownlee: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; Blood, Sweat and Tears Featuring Bo Bice: 8:30 p.m.
RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Mark Stillman: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: Sarah Morris: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; The Rockin’ Pinecones: 2, 3 & 4 p.m.; Chastity Brown: 7:30 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H State Arts-In Musical Performance: 11:30 a.m., 5 & 7:30 p.m.; 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 2 & 6 p.m.
CAROUSEL PARK: Chemistry with Alpha Chi Sigma: 9 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Physics Force: 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m.; The Bakken Museum: 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; University of Minnesota Raptor Center: 4 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Cow milking, fun & educational activities, dairy and beef cattle showcase, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; My American Farm: 11 a.m.; Moo Live: 11:30 a.m., 12:45 & 3 p.m.; Video Presentations: Noon, 1:30 & 2 p.m.; Moo Quiz Show: 5:30 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
DNR PARK: Fish Pond Talks: Quarter to the hour. 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Animals Nobody Loves: 11 a.m.; Adopt-a-River Trash Sculpture: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Emerald Ash Borer: Noon & 2 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: High School Robotics Competition: 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.; Minnesota Square Dance Federation: Noon; Duniya Drum & Dance: 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 p.m.; Collide Theatrical Dance Company: 3, 4, 5 & 6 p.m.
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Alphabet Forest: Alphabet activities for all ages. Take pictures with Fair Letters, create alphabet Ferris wheels and more. Daily author appearances, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Great Big Sandbox: Dig, scoop and burrow your way through this sandbox for kids. 8 a.m.; Heebie Jeebies Family Comedy Music Show, 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.; Minnesota State Fair County Fair Talent Contest, 7 p.m.; 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 Av. 9:15 p.m.
HORSE BARN: EquiMania: An interactive education center for horse lovers. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BAND SHELL: Amateur Talent Contest, 6 p.m.
LITTLE FARM HANDS: A hands-on agricultural experience for children. 8 a.m.; Seed Survivor: An interactive exhibit that encourages children to understand the elements plants need to grow. 8 a.m.; Old Iron Show: Rare, valuable and fully operational antique farm equipment is displayed. Located on Lee Av., north of Little Farm Hands. 8 a.m.
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