Local
August 30, 2019
Judson Avenue was clogged with people at the State Fair in 2018.

As Minnesota grows more diverse, what about the State Fair?

There's no measure of how much diversity is represented among the event's vendors.
Local
August 30, 2019
Raymon Busch, 11, of Zimmerman, Minn., bit into an ear of corn at the fair Friday evening.

Minnesota State Fair's eighth-day attendance is robust, but not quite a record

Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. This year sets a first-day record; the previous record was set in…
Local
August 30, 2019
What? A llama costume contest at the State Fair?

What? A llama costume contest at the State Fair?

Every year youngsters and their furry companions descend on the Minnesota State Fair for the 4-H Llama Project costume contest.
Local
August 30, 2019
At fair, Minnetonka man shares love for baking bread

At fair, Minnetonka man shares love for baking bread

Patrick Day loves to bake bread, but even more, he loves to give it away. After a major health crisis at the age of 20, Patrick's father taught him how to bake, and he's continued the tradition, including entering his work into the Minnesota State Fair competition.
Local
August 30, 2019
Sky Ride are such an iconic part of the fair, I can’t imagine a fair without them.

The big draws

The fair opens a wide canvas for a guy called WACSO who sketches both the landmarks and dives of the Twin Cities, from the grand to the mundane. Here's his perspective, in his own words and images, on the vistas, the carnies, the nooks and grannies of our great summer summit.
Music
August 30, 2019
Logic returned to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Thursday after headlining the Soundset festival there in 2018.

Logic proves a sensible pick for State Fair's latest rap concert

Hometown star Prof joined in for the fair's first big rap gig since 2016.
Local
August 29, 2019
A newborn goat got some attention at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair's seventh-day attendance is 142,211, not quite a record

FAIR ATTENDANCE Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. This year sets a first-day record; the previous record was…
Local
August 29, 2019

A kids'-eye view of the fair

The sheer size of crowds, rides, choices — most things at the fair — can exhilarate and overwhelm the smaller fairgoer.
Local
August 29, 2019

Outskirts and insiders of the fair

A parade of people, from fair workers to neighbors and kids, flow in and out of the fair, keeping it ticking along and watching the day's attractions stream past.
Local
August 29, 2019

The 4-H tradition continues

Around 5,600 4-H kids from sixth grade through college freshmen travel from the farthest corners of the state to the fair, having earned the spot to exhibit livestock and showcase fine arts projects.
Music
August 29, 2019
Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates early in their set Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

Daryl Hall & John Oates finally land at State Fair

The grandstand was packed, but Hall's voice wasn't the guilty pleasure of the past.
Eat & Drink
August 29, 2019
The classic fair foods that have stood the test of time at the Minnesota State Fair. Smelt in a boat at Walleye on a stick booth.

13 must-try Minnesota State Fair delicacies

Set aside the Pronto Pups and mini doughnuts. Here are 13 lesser-known treats recommended by critic Rick Nelson.
Local
August 29, 2019

Minnesota State Fair's sixth-day attendance sets record

FAIR ATTENDANCE Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. This year sets a first-day record; the previous record was…
Local
August 28, 2019

State Fair attendance was 96,716 on Monday

FAIR ATTENDANCE Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. That sets a first-day record; previous was last year.Friday, Aug.…
Music
August 28, 2019
Lady Lark is among the performers in the lineup for this weekend’s “First Avenue Goes to the Fair.”

First Avenue expands again, this time to State Fair for free concerts

The club's two revue-style shows at the Schell's Stage will "show people what we're all about."
Eat & Drink
August 28, 2019
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53 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair, ranked from best to worst

The Minnesota State Fair's 2019 new foods roster includes the perennial mix of attention-seekers, potential gut bombs and trend-observant hopefuls.
Variety
August 28, 2019
Weirdest and wildest foods at the Minnesota State Fair

Weirdest and wildest foods at the Minnesota State Fair

Gator Sauté, Frosted Flake Chicken and Ghost Nachos are all brand new at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.
Local
August 28, 2019
Great state fair? Or greatest state fair?

Brooks: No way to stand pat at Minnesota State Fair

A daylong jaunt around the fairgrounds makes for 9 miles and touching all the animals one can.
Music
August 28, 2019
Weird Al Yankovic performed "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" early in his set Tuesday night at the Grandstand.

'Weird Al' pulls some strings — and twine, too — in sold-out fair concert

Yankovic packed the State Fair grandstand with a full orchestra. No kidding.
Politics
August 27, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan greeted fairgoers as the gates opened Thursday morning.

Politics, and conflict, unavoidable at Minnesota State Fair

Election Day is far off, but politics are tough to escape at the State Fair.