A showcase of opportunities for families to watch the Fire Explorer Challenge and learn about fire prevention and escape, emergency preparedness, and technological improvements in burn treatment and fire fighting equipment.
GRANDSTAND: Aretha Franklin: With the Four Tops. 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: Ecuador Manta: 7 p.m.; The Roe Family Singers: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Axis Mundi: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 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: Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m.; Mark Stillman: 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, MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS: 4-H State Arts-In Musical Performance: 11:30 a.m., 3:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m.; 4-H Rabbit Quiz Bowl: 2 p.m.; 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 2 & 6 p.m.
CAROUSEL PARK: The Hot Zone: Featuring fire sprinkler, fire extinguisher, kitchen fire & AED demonstrations; antique & modern fire trucks and fire-fighting gear; American Red Cross, Regions Hospital Burn Center & Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit; and little red helmet giveaway for kids. East of Pet Center on Murphy Av. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Media Challenge: 8 & 11 a.m.; Explorer Public Education: 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30, 1, 2, 2:30, 3:15 & 4 p.m.; Nardini: 8:45, 10:45 a.m., 12:45 & 2:45 p.m.; Gear-Donning Finals: 4:30 p.m.; Explorer Awards Ceremony: 5 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Cow milking, fun & educational activities, dairy and beef cattle showcase, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: 10 a.m.-6 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.; Talk to the Animals Show: 12:20 p.m.
DNR PARK: Adopt-a-River Trash Sculpture: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fish Pond Talks: Quarter to the hour. 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Celebration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Emerald Ash Borer: Noon & 2 p.m.; U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Making: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: High School Robotics Competition: 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.; Tango Society of Minnesota: 10, 11 a.m., 1 & 4:30 p.m.; Minnesota Square Dance Federation: Noon & 3:30 p.m.; 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.; Minnesota West Coast Swing Dancers: 5:30 & 6:30 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 Ave. 9:15 p.m.
HORSE BARN: EquiMania: An interactive education center for horse lovers. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: O’Shea Irish Dancers: Noon, 1:30, 3 & 4:30 p.m.
Poll: Which of Rick Nelson’s must-try foods at the State Fair do you most want to try?