State Fair
August 31, 2017
Neil Pence of Northfield carried his prize from a "machine gun BB gun" game at the Midway on day one of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Mi

Fair calendar for Thursday, Aug. 31: Seniors Day

Health and wellness demonstrations and giveaways, fun exercise sessions and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seniors (65+) receive discounted admission. $9.
Music
August 31, 2017
Kirstin Maldonado, from left, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix perform at the Minnesota State Fair. ] LEILA NAVIDI ï leila.navidi@startrib

Pentatonix turns on vocal charm at State Fair

REVIEW: When PTX did covers, things got exciting at the sold-out grandstand.
Eat & Drink
August 30, 2017
Danielson’s & Daughters
That I don’t file onion rings under “battered-and-deep-fried” is indicative of my general head-in-the-sand dietary vie

A critic's 12 must-eat, tried-and-true dishes at State Fair

The new fair foods get all the attention, but these tried-and-true standbys are a treat every year.
Local
August 30, 2017

2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance: Day 6

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE Here are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair. Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267…
Minneapolis
August 30, 2017
Community members leave flowers in the fence at a make-shift memorial near the scene of a blast at Minnehaha Academy.

Minnehaha Academy warns of fundraising scam at fair entrance

Officials for the school rocked by a natural gas explosion say a person has had a sign with Minnehaha's name and logo.
Music
August 30, 2017
John Mellencamp with his band early in his State Fair Grandstand set Tuesday night.

John Mellencamp at the Fair: Art meets radio-ready music

REVIEW: He and Carlene Carter sparkled together.
Gophers
August 30, 2017
U's Coffey, Curry and Pitino talk at State Fair

U's Coffey, Curry and Pitino talk at State Fair

Gophers sophomores Eric Curry and Amir Coffey and coach Richard Pitino talk Monday at the Minnesota State Fair.
State Fair
August 30, 2017
Thousands of outstate Minnesotans will be arriving in a literal cattle call to get their livestock ready for judging on Thursday. Here, Emily Brual, 1

Fair calendar for Wedneday, Aug. 30: Read and Ride Day

A celebration of readers of all ages with activities, performances and author appearances. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Local
August 29, 2017

2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance: Day 5

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEHere are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair.Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015.…
Eat & Drink
August 29, 2017
A bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies being delivered by drone over the Minnesota State Fair.

Sweet delivery: Watch a drone deliver Sweet Martha's cookies to a top chef

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern had a hankering for the Minnesota State Fair's once-a-year treat, and the fair delivered. Literally.
State Fair
August 29, 2017
Christian Olheiser, 17, of Rochester carried a large stuffed animal through the Midway at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday,August 31, 2016. CARLO

Fair calendar for Tuesday, Aug. 29: Military Appreciation Day

Active and retired military and veterans receive an admission discount at the gate with valid documentation of service.
Stage & Arts
August 28, 2017
After 10 years of rejections, artist Marty Harris of St. Louis Park finally won a top prize at the State Fair with his screen print “Frontyard.”

After 10 years of rejection, artist gets into the State Fair art show — and wins

Persistence has paid off for a St. Louis Park artist who was on his way to becoming the Susan Lucci of the State Fair.For 10…
Local
August 28, 2017

2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance: Day 4

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE Here are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair. Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267…
Music
August 28, 2017
Toby Keith, shown here in Naperville, Ill., in June, returned to the Minnesota State Fair for his fourth grandstand headlining set Sunday. Invision/As

Toby Keith gets wacky but not political with 3 Doors Down at State Fair

The country star and rockers 3 Doors Down each avoided politics at the grandstand.
State Fair
August 28, 2017
Tahlia Sundara and Sam Reisch, both 18, from Minneapolis sang American Pie by Don McLean as they took part in the Giant Sing Along.

Fair calendar for Monday, Aug. 28: Minnesota State Patrol Day

The State Patrol shows off an array of tools it uses to keep our roadways safe.
TV & Media
August 28, 2017
Jim (Jim Gaffigan) laughs to himself. �The Jim Gaffigan Show� airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT on TV Land. Photo courtesy of TV Land.

Jim Gaffigan reminds State Fair fans why he's a Minnesota favorite

REVIEW: Jim Gaffigan reminded fans why he's one of comedy's top wordsmiths.
Eat & Drink
August 27, 2017
State Fair beers from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.

Craft beer or stunt? You decide at State Fair

Look for these novelty and/or craft beer variations from Machinery Hill to the International Bazaar.
Local
August 27, 2017

2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance: Day 3

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEHere are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair.Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015.…
Local
August 27, 2017

2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance, Day 2

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEHere are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair.Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015.…
Music
August 27, 2017
Rock legend Stevie Nicks hit the State Fair grandstand for the first time in her 45-year career on Friday night.

Stevie Nicks' fair debut cut short by weather

The Fleetwood Mac vet mostly stuck to solo material again.