Twins
September 11
State Fair attendance will top Twins attendance for first time since 2000

State Fair attendance will top Twins attendance for first time since 2000

What at first might seem like an apples to oranges comparison is actually somewhat revealing when put into context.
Local
September 7
Even though the weather was cloudy and muggy, a decent crowd gathered for the last day of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The fair

Is the Minnesota State Fair more popular than ever? We investigate.

It's clear the Great Minnesota Get-Together is very popular, but how does it stack up against previous record-setting years?
Music
September 5
Boy George at the State Fair.

Culture Club, B-52s revisit the 1980s with State Fair show

Review: State Fair show celebrated MTV's heyday.
Local
September 5
Scene at the fair

Scene at the fair

Daily photo essays capture the sights of the 2018 Minnesota State Fair.
Local
September 5
Even though the weather was cloudy and muggy, a decent crowd gathered for the last day of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 3, 3018. The fair

Fair breaks attendance record, surpasses 2M for first time

Over the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, 2,046,533 fairgoers streamed through the gates.
Local
September 3
Huge crowds seen at the Minnesota State Fair.

Saturday breaks all-time record for single-day fair attendance

The State Fair broke an all-time attendance record Saturday, with 270,426 people walking through its gates. Sunday's attendance figure wasn't immediately available, but by Monday, the fair could easily meet or even break its overall attendance record and hit the 2 million mark.
Photography
September 3

Music at the fair

On the last day of the fair, everyone can let their hair down, spend their last tickets, work in one last helping of batter-fried goodness and scream out the chorus at the beer garden.
Local
September 3
The Grandstand crowd waved their phones during an acoustic song by Niall Horan early in his headlining Grandstand set Thursday night. ] JEFF WHEELER �

State Fair's Sunday attendance falls just short of Day 11 record

2018 STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEThursday, Aug. 23: 122,695, which set a record for first-day attendance. That compares with 117,877 on the first day last year and…
Local
September 2

2018 Minnesota State Fair attendance

Attendance numbers from this year's State Fair.
Photography
September 2

Old and young alike, there's lots of love at the State Fair

Early in the morning, the old couples hold hands as they stroll past crop art and fine art. As night falls, the kids on dates cuddle up on the midway rides and share sweet treats. There's room for old and young love at the fair.
Local
September 1

Minnesota State Fair attendance for Day 9: 179,402

2018 STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEThursday, Aug. 23: 122,695, which set a record for first-day attendance. That compares with 117,877 on the first day last year and…
Photography
September 1

Fair diner

For nearly 70 years, the Salem Lutheran Church Dining Hall has served up the foundation of a good day at the fair: a hearty breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee.
Inspired
September 1
Steve Aggergaard with his found wallet at the State Fair.

How a lost wallet at the State Fair renewed my faith in Minnesotans

I figured somebody had picked my pocket.
Politics
August 31
Tim Walz, left, and Jeff Johnson, right, debated Friday at the Minnesota State Fair.

Gov. candidates differ on taxes, spending in State Fair debate

The debate between DFLer Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson drew a rowdy, divided crowd.
Local
August 31
Eliah Goodwin, 4, got to enjoy the carousel at the State Fair by himself on a school night.

Thursday's Minnesota State Fair attendance sets another record

2018 STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEThursday, Aug. 23: 122,695, which set a record for first-day attendance. That compares with 117,877 on the first day last year and…
Eat & Drink
August 31
State Fair goers spun nearly 100 feet in the air on the Sky Flyer at the Mighty Midway.

N.Y. Times sends reporter to State Fair, discovers Minnesota's greatness

Our beloved Minnesota State Fair gets a glowing feature — and they didn't even make fun of us.
Variety
August 31
The fair has no car traffic, yet there are streets and sidewalks.

Why the Minnesota State Fair could be a template for our future cities

We've got a model of the New Urbanism design movement right here in the Twin Cities: It's called the Minnesota State Fair.
Local
August 31
Rusty English puts in 15-16 hours for the length of the fair.

Seventh-day attendance at the Minnesota State Fair sets record

The crowd of 144,940 topped the 2006 mark of 128,966.
Stage & Arts
August 31
“Midway, Minnesota State Fair” by James Boyd Brent

10 must-see works at Minnesota State Fair's Fine Arts Building

If food and animals leave you wanting for more, try these pieces at the Minnesota State Fair.
Music
August 31
Kris Vox as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister in the band Hairball.

Snakes, wigs and spandex: Hairball's costumed rockers ready for State Fair close-up

After dragging its wigs, spandex and snake across the Midwest, Minnesota's hardworking hard-rock tribute band is ready for its State Fair close-up.