A crew from Myers Entertainment set up the Wave Swinger ride at the Fair. 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 * email@example.com
Kids (5–12) admitted for $8. All-day discounts are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Last Chance bargains all day.
GRANDSTAND: Journey: With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. 7 p.m.
DNR PARK: Ecuador Manta: 8 & 9 p.m.; Peter Neuman & the Real Deal: Noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.; Ali V: 5 p.m.
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Sheltered Reality: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: St. Mary’s Balalaika Orchestra: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Norwegian Musicians: Noon, 1:30 3, & 4:30; Ramm Band: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; The Belfast Cowboys: 7:30 & 8:45 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BAND SHELL: The Cleverlys: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Home Free: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Marcia Ball: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; Songblast – Dueling Guitars: 6 p.m.; Charlie Worsham: 8:30 p.m.
RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Jim Price: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Hey Lonesome: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: Ellis: 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; The High 48s: 2, 3 & 4 p.m.; Cash’d Out: 7:30 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H State Arts-In Musical Performance: 11:30 a.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Cow milking, fun & educational activities, dairy and beef cattle showcase, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Video Presentations: 8, 9, 10 a.m., noon, 1:30 & 2 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; My American Farm: 11 a.m.; Moo Live: 11:30 a.m. & 12:45 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: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; University of Minnesota Raptor Center: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; Emerald Ash Borer: Noon & 2 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: High School Robotics Competition: 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.; TC Line Dance Evolution: 10 & 11 a.m.; In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre: 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. ABC Square Dancing: Noon & 3:30 p.m.; Minnesota West Coast Swing Dancers: 1, 4:30, 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Black Storytellers Alliance: 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.; Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Break-Shop Bump’N: 1:30, 4, 5:30 & 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.-5 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.
MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Career Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine: in the Nursery of Knowledge. 10 a.m. Thank a Farmer Magic Show: 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.
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