Ann Chesin laughed when she realized she was stuck on top of a cooler after wiping down the dancing neon hot dogs at her Chico Dogs food stand at the Fair. She did eventually get down with the help of husband Bruce. This will be their 16th season. The opening of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair is less than a week away and the place is hopping. ] Thursday, August 14, 2014. GLEN STUBBE * firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors (65 & over) admitted for $8. Early Bird Specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Seniors Day bargains for all fair guests.
GRANDSTAND: Fall Out Boy: With Paramore and Bad Suns. 7 p.m.
DNR PARK: Ecuador Manta: 8 & 9 p.m.; BLT Band: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 5 p.m.; Michael Monroe: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Ali V: 6 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: INY Asian Dance Theater: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Italian Organ Grinders: Noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30; Grupo Esplendor: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; GB Leighton: 7:30 & 8:45 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BAND SHELL: Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong: 11:45 a.m.; Six Appeal: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Natalie Stovall & the Drive: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; Dr. Dog: 8:30 p.m.
RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Jim Berner’s Music Legends: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; The Joey Johnson Band: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: The Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins: 2, 3 & 4 p.m.; Deke Dickerson with the Trashmen: 7:30 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H State Arts-In Musical Performance: 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 5 p.m.; 4-H Performing Arts: 5:30 p.m.; 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 6 p.m.
CAROUSEL PARK: Jovonta Patton & Deliverance for Youth: 11:30 a.m.; Hmong Peace Dancers: 12:15 p.m.; Grupo de Danzas Colombianas: 1 p.m.; Somali Youth Dancers: 1:45 p.m.; Larry Yazzie & Native Pride Dancers: 2:15 p.m.; Aztec Dance Group: 3 p.m.; Duniya Drum & Dance: 3:45 p.m.; Gotta Dance Line Dancers: 4:30 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Cow milking, fun & educational activities, dairy and beef cattle showcase, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Video Presentations: 9, 10 a.m., noon & 1:30 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; My American Farm: 11 a.m.; Moo Live: 11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.
DNR PARK: Fish Pond Talks: Quarter to the hour. 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Adopt-a-River Trash Sculpture: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Outdoors Family Feud: 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.; Minneami Salsa: 10, 11 a.m., 1 & 4:30 p.m. Collide Theatrical Dance Company: 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.; ABC Square Dancing: Noon & 3:30 p.m.; Green T Productions: 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.-9 p.m.; Mama Lou: American Strong Woman: 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.
LEINIE LODGE BAND SHELL: Amateur Talent Contest, 6 p.m.
LITTLE FARM HANDS: A hands-on agricultural experience for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.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.
STATE FAIR MALL PARADE: A 14-block route through the fairgrounds and features a high school marching band competition, visiting royalty, floats and special attractions. 2 p.m.
Poll: Which of Rick Nelson’s must-try foods at the State Fair do you most want to try?