St. Paul
September 7
Police remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair late Monday night after a

Gang violence marred final hours of Minnesota State Fair

With residents alarmed over gang violence outside gate, officials stress the event's safety.
Data Drop
September 6
Perched safely on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen’s shoulders, 2-year-old Eddie Hoeschen of Duluth peered out at maybe more people than he’s ever seen.

We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.
Variety
September 5
Use only with STFair19 feature of Instagram photos tagged for special State Fair section.

Scene at the Fair: Your best photos captured it all

When the cold winds and dull tones of winter have set in, Minnesotans can look back at the colorful, flavorful height of summer, captured on Instagram at #stfair19 in shades of cotton-candy pink, Sky-Glider blue, mustard yellow and dairy calico.
Local
September 4
Angie Dietel claimed her prize Tuesday at State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, with husband David at her side. Credit: Minnesota Lottery

Lottery ticket purchase while picking up free T-shirt leads to $100K prize for State Fair visitor

She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
St. Paul
September 4
Police vehicles remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair grounds late Mon

Police hunt for suspects in 'brazen,' 'lawless' shooting outside fair

Gov. Tim Walz decried the gunfire, which left 3 hurt, and fair officials said safety is their top priority.
Variety
September 3
Six of the 12 dates during the 2019 Minnesota State Fair set set one-day marks.

State Fair sets attendance record with 2.1 million fairgoers

The final attendance tally for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair of 2,126,551 tops the previous mark of 2,046,533 just last year.
Local
September 3

Fair babies

In addition to the champion giant pumpkins and sugar beets, the State Fair boasts a large crop of cute babies, some straining at stroller straps, some lounging in hay.
Local
September 3
After 40 years and more than 1 million meals, State Fair chef hangs up her apron

After 40 years and more than 1 million meals, State Fair chef hangs up her apron

Dede Hard has made sure every 4-H'er at the Minnesota State Fair has gotten three square meals a day for nearly 40 years. She retired Monday.
Music
September 3
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, left, and guitarist Billy Gibbons with drummer Frank Beard during the first song of their Grandstand set Monday night. ] JE

ZZ Top, Cheap Trick make a fairly cool finale at the grandstand

The two hall-of-fame bands finished off the grandstand series with familiar hits.
East Metro
September 3
Dede Hard pumped her fist as her kitchen staff in the 4-H Building banged pots and pans announcing the last meal served at the 2019 State Fair.

After decades feeding 4-Hers at the fair, Dede Hard calls it a day

For years, Dede Hard has ordered the food, organized the crew and overseen preparations. The 4-H kitchen gets the biggest food delivery at the State Fair.
Local
September 2

A new view through an old lens

Right around when the fair was born in the 1800s, tintype photography was in its heyday. This feat of photographic alchemy freezes a 2019 State Fair moment in Civil War-era tones. Tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
Local
September 2

Roller coaster of emotions

From the thrill of the rollercoasters to the agony of dropped cookies, we witnessed the ups and downs of a day at the State Fair.
Music
September 1
Brandi Carlile performed to a packed grandstand Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair.

Brandi Carlile gets giddy at her great Minnesota State Fair concert

She seemed genuinely in awe at the response of the sell-out crowd in her biggest market.
Local
September 1

Minnesota State Fair's 10th-day attendance is 266,412

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…
State Fair
September 1
Fairgoers took a ride on the Sky Flyer in 2018.

Star Tribune Stage schedule at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

Here is the schedule for the Star Tribune Stage at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair. Thursday, Aug. 22 11 a.m.  Business columnist Lee Schafer with…
State Fair
September 1
TOM WALLACE • twallace@startribune.com Assignment #20013789A Slug: fair082710 Date: august 26th, _ State Fair opens with what might be record crowds

FairCam: Live from the Minnesota State Fair

What's it like on the state fairgrounds at this moment? Check out our FairCam to get a taste of the preparation.
Prince
August 31
Prince, shown at Coachella in 2008. The late rock star’s estate is planning “Paisley Park in Your Heart 2020,” an open-air exhibit with Prince a

Prince exhibit coming to the Minnesota State Fair next year

Superstar's estate planning site with artifacts, merchandise and nightly performances.
Local
August 31

Minnesota State Fair's ninth-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…
Music
August 31
On the last night of his current North American tour, Lionel Richie was perhaps extra chatty Friday at the State Fair grandstand.

Lionel Richie is ham on a shtick at the Minnesota State Fair

He was chatty and comical in a sold-out hits-filled concert.
Local
August 30
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.