READ & RIDE DAY: Join Minnesota’s public libraries in celebrating readers of all ages. New this year are a make-your-own-button station, free bookmarks and a roving solar-powered story collector called the “Storymobile.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Discounted admission prices for library card holders with a valid public library card (one discount per card). $12 for adults (13-64); $9 for kids (5-12). All-day specials offered at Mighty Midway and Kidway.
GRANDSTAND: Old Dominion: With Morgan Evans. 7 p.m.
DAN PATCH PARK: Anonymous Choir: 3 p.m.; BRKFST: 4 p.m.
DNR PARK: Ecuador Manta: 5-9 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Natania & Ticket to Brasil: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Annie Mack Band: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Matt Vee: 8 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: State Chmielewski Funtime Band: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; The Next Generation Leahy: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Jimmie Allen: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; Fair Amateur Talent Contest: 6 p.m.; Clay Walker: 8:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Mike Salovich: 6:30 p.m.
RAMBERG MUSIC CAFE: Jim Berner’s Music Legends: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Doug Otto & the Getaways: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: Sisters of Swing: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.; Tim Harmston: 6 p.m.; The Dave & Deke Combo: 8 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H Share-the-Fun Showcase: 4-H clubs from across the state perform. 6:30 p.m.; 4-H Fashion Revue Show: 6:30 p.m.
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Bee Beard Demonstration: 1 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Watch cows being milked, join in activities and competitions and learn about cows and how your food goes from farm to table. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: Free treats courtesy of local food organizations. Located outside the Cattle Barn on the northwest corner. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Live: Presentations and interactive activities highlighting the wonderful world of cows and agriculture. Barn Stage, inside Cattle Barn. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; AGDAY365: A quiz show on the Barn Stage, inside Cattle Barn. 12:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Quiz Show: Compete for prizes against your fellow fair guests as you test your knowledge of beef and dairy cattle. 5:30 p.m.
CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: This agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of nearly 200 animals. New this year: FFA youth will lead hands-on AG-tivities and make-and-take crafting to help young people earn a “Bag of Ag” (while supplies last). 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thank a Farmer Magic Show: Noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; FFA Talent Act: 3 & 5 p.m.; Minnesota Oink Day: Minnesota’s pork producers share information about the state’s largest livestock industry with interactive games and trivia contests. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Healthy Animals = Safe Food: 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.; Two Truths and a Lie: 6 p.m.
DAILY MALL PARADE: The 14-block parade route begins near the Haunted House, heads north on Cosgrove St., west on Randall Av and south on Underwood St. 2 p.m.
DAIRY BUILDING: Butter Sculptures: Princess Kay and court will have their likeness carved into 90-pound blocks of butter by a live sculptor. One sculpture is created each day while the princesses and sculptor rotate in a display cooler and answer questions from the audience. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
DAN PATCH PARK: Community School of Excellence Dance Team: 10 a.m.; Ragamala Dance Company: 11 a.m.; Theater of Public Policy: Noon; Wild Goose Chase Cloggers: 1 p.m.; Somali Museum Dance Troupe: 2 p.m.
DNR PARK: DNR Fire Prevention Building: Learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Tower: Climb the DNR Fire Tower (weather permitting) to get a bird’s-eye view of the fairgrounds and learn what it’s like to watch for wildfires from a tower. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Ask a DNR Expert: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; DNR Building: The Minnesota outdoors are showcased; aquariums show fish in their native habitats. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fish Pond Talks: 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45 & 6:45 p.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Emerald Ash Borer Costumed Character: Noon & 2 p.m.; The Church Basement Ladies in “You Smell Barn:” 3 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: Education and health institutions and nonprofits offer information and free goodies. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tango Society of Minnesota: 10, 11 a.m. & noon; Square Dance Federation of Minnesota: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Wild Rose Cloggers: 3:30, 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.
EXPO PLACE: Interact Theater: 10:15, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 1:15 p.m.; Mixed Precipitation: 2:45, 3:30, 5 & 5:45 p.m.
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Alphabet Forest: Meet authors, pose for photos with fair letters and make crafts. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Great Big Sandbox: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Math On-A-Stick: Explore math ideas, go on a number scavenger hunt and take the pentagon challenge. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; The Chipper Experience: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Jared Sherlock: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.; County Fair Talent Contest: 7 p.m.;
FINE ARTS CENTER: Be a fine arts detective using observation skills and clues to find specific art pieces throughout the fine arts exhibition. Also daily featured artists and artist talks. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
GIANT SING ALONG: Group karaoke. South side of Murphy Av. between Underwood and Cooper streets. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
HORSE BARN: EquiMania!: Interactive equine education with full-size skeletons, anatomy models, tail-braiding and stations detailing horse behavior and rider safety. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Storyteller Who Helps Imaginations Fly: Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage. Noon, 1:30, 3 & 4:30 p.m.
LASER ENCORE’S LASER HITZ SHOW: High-powered aerial laser beams dance above fair guests while colorful images light up a gigantic screen — all choreographed to your favorite hit music. At the intersection of Randall Av. and Cosgrove St. 9:15 p.m.
LITTLE FARM HANDS: A hands-on agricultural education exhibit for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
OLD IRON SHOW: Reminiscent of the old Machinery Hill, rare and fully operational antique farm equipment is displayed and demonstrated. Near Little Farm Hands on Lee Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
NORTHWOODS: All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash: 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m.; Timberworks Lumberjack Show: 3, 5:30 & 7 p.m.
RAMBERG MUSIC CAFE: Relax & Recharge Station: Free water, phone charging and more. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: History On-A-Schtick: 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Baa Booth: An educational exhibit featuring sheep displays and hands-on activities. Inside the Sheep Barn at the south end. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
SPIRIT OF AVIATION: Learn about the Experimental Aircraft Association through a 360-degree virtual reality video experience. Build a foam glider, flight simulation and more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
SWINE BARN: Oink Booth: A glimpse into the world of pig farming. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Pig Tales: A narrated talk and Q&A about pigs. 11 a.m.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: Participate in studies by a variety of university departments, talk with researchers and learn about their fascinating work. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
VISITORS PLAZA: Fairborne and Fairchild Appearance: Free photo opportunities and autograph sessions with our lovable State Fair mascots. 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
WALKING HISTORY TOUR: A free, self-guided tour revealing State Fair history with three new stops. Pick up a brochure at any of the 12 stops on the fairgrounds.
WEST END MARKET: History & Heritage Center: Showcases the competition, entertainment, agriculture, food, merchandise, rides & games and Minnesota industry that have been the heart of the fair for a century and a half. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROGRAMS
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Milking Demonstrations: Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota: Demonstrations of loom and hand weaving, spinning and wool carding. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
DNR PARK: MN DNR K-9 Law Enforcement Unit Demonstration: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
ECO EXPERIENCE/PROGRESS CENTER: ReUSE Minnesota Demonstrations: 10 a.m., 12:30, 3 & 5:30 p.m.; Renewing the Countryside Cooking Demonstrations: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: FIRST Robotics Demonstrations: High school FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics teams showcase the inner workings of their constructed robots as they navigate through various tasks. 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.
PET PAVILIONS: St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation: 7 p.m.
THE X-ZONE: 3rd Lair SkatePark: High-flying BMX bike and skateboarding demonstrations. 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 2 & 6 p.m.
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Minnesota State Florist Association Professional Designer of the Year Semi Finals: Noon; Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. of Minnesota Standard Flower Show: Noon-9 p.m.; Minnesota State Florist Association Professional Designer of the Year Finals Results: 7:30 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Make It Better With Butter Contest: Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 10 a.m.; Agrilympics: Wool Pack-O-Rama: Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 12:30 p.m.
COMPEER ARENA: 4-H Llama Costume Competition: 6 p.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Sheep Open Class: 8:30, 9 a.m. & noon; Poultry Open Class: Rooster Crowing Contest (Qualifying): 11 a.m.; Sheep Open Class: Supreme Champion Ram and Ewe: 3 p.m.
SWINE BARN: Swine Open Class: 8 & 9 a.m.; Swine Open Class: Minnesota Junior Barrow Classic Sweepstakes Awards: 5:15 p.m.; Swine Open Class: All Breed Swine Auction, Minnesota Purebred Swine Breeders: 6:10 p.m.
WARNER COLISEUM: Dairy Cattle Open Class: 9 a.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Hunt Seat Equitation and English Pleasure Classe: 6 p.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Appaloosa, Paint, Pinto, Quarter and Western Saddle Club Horses: 7:30 p.m.
THE X-ZONE: 3rd Lair SkatePark Championship Summer Series: Expert division. Noon.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Hand Milking: Find out if you have what it takes to milk a cow. Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
HORSE BARN: Aisle of Breeds: A showcase of different breeds and types of horses. Meet the horses and owners and get answers to equine questions. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
PET PAVILIONS: A 6,600-square-foot open-air pavilion just west of the former Pet Center will house purebred dog breed booths and the Pet Surgery Suite, where Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association members perform spay and neuter surgeries. A nearby structure will feature merchants selling pet-centric treats and accessories. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Meet the Dog Breeds: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Greater Twin Cities Golden Retrieve Club: 9, 10, 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 p.m.; Pet Surgery: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Rhonda Meath & Her German shepherds: 6 p.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Hop, Flop & Sniff: See a sampling of rabbit breeds and the different variations of traits. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
HOME AND HOBBIES
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: The Common Table: Minnesota Eats: Interactive exhibit inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat. Featuring various garden types including an aquaponics system, more than 200 edible plants, an interactive foodscape and waste reduction kitchen as well as dirt and compost displays, all informed by members of the local food community. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Garden Kaleidoscopes: Peer into distinctive garden kaleidoscopes and see gorgeous flowers transform into mesmerizing images of color and movement. These three unique metal sculptures and spinning flower bowls are created by artist Robert C. Anderson of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild: Beer education presentations. Sip on a variety of rotating beer flights from more than 80 of the state’s breweries and brew pubs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Learn what you need to know to sell your canned pickles or salsa, pick up a free packet of flower seeds, snap a photo with a beekeeper and meet a farmer. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota State Floral Association’s “Floralpalooza Celebrates the Seasons!:” Local florist members present floralscapes that depict the dramatic mood swings of Minnesota seasons. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences: Discover how the university tackles local and global challenges through interactive displays, hands-on activities and advice from master gardeners. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Water Conservation Practices for Irrigating Your Lawn: Meet University of Minnesota turfgrass science experts to learn about water conservation practices for your lawn. Discover the benefits of auditing your irrigation system, planting drought-tolerant turfgrasses, utilizing smart controllers, rain sensors, soil moisture sensors and much more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Insects We Like! Pollinators: 9 a.m.; Ask the Apple Grower: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Cider Maker: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Minnesota Grape Growers Association: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Looking Inside the Hive: 10:30 a.m., 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Solar Sites: For Bees, Berries and Beer: 11 a.m. Cooking with Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Clear, Simple, Sustainable and Fearless Pruning: Noon; Straw Bale Solutions: 1 p.m.; Crop Art Demonstrations by Linda Paulsen: 1-5 p.m.; Insects We Like! Predator & Prey: 1:30 p.m.; How Food and Environmental Justice Connect.: 2 p.m.; Sustainable Lawn Care: 3 p.m.; Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Talks: 3 & 6 p.m.; Beekeeper’s Corner: Mini-Classes for Beekeepers: 3, 3:15, 3:30 & 3:45 p.m.; Water Wisely: 4 p.m.;
CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: FFA Landscape Design & Construction Displays: For this year’s theme, “Garden for Pollinators,” teams create a display that incorporates any plant material that will tolerate and thrive in an area with sun or shade. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Home to the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer. The featured exhibits are a to-scale miniature room by Minnesota Miniature Guild and “Tinkertoy Midway,” a display made of thousands of Tinkertoys. The brand-new Cambria Kitchen makes its decked-out debut, featuring demonstrations from a high-profile chef and local culinary organizations. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Upper Midwest Bead Society: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; St. Paul Needleworkers, Minnesota American Needlepoint Guild: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Recipe Card Roundup: Each day different blue-ribbon winning recipe cards will be given away. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 4-5 p.m.
ECO EXPERIENCE/PROGRESS CENTER: Eco Experience: The latest in easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos, healthy cooking, innovations in green technology and transportation, the 15-foot talking Paul Bunyan and more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; The Great Minnesota Tap Water Test: 10 a.m.; Your Carbon Food-Print: Noon; Wildlife Tracking in the Twin Cities Metro Area: 2 p.m.; What Are Sustainable Food Choices?: 4 p.m.; Managing Aggressive & Invasive Species: 5 p.m.