GOVERNOR’S FIRE PREVENTION DAY: Opportunities for families include learning about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, proper use of a fire extinguisher and how to prepare for an emergency, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. Activities take place at various locations. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
GRANDSTAND: Stevie Nicks: With Vanessa Carlton. 7:30 p.m.
DNR PARK: Johnny & the Zingrays: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Max Thompson: Noon, 1:30, 3 & 4:30 p.m.; Axis Mundi: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; Chris Hawkey: 8 p.m.
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: The Dollipops: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Joni Harms: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Tonic Sol-Fa: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Dailey & Vincent: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; The Pointer Sisters: 8:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Elgin Foster: 6:30 p.m.
RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: The Mellow Fellows: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Curtiss A & the Cold Cold Hearts: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: Katy Vernon: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.; the Barley Jacks: 3, 4 & 5 p.m.; Divas Through the Decades: 6 p.m.; the Big Wu: 8 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H Rabbit Quiz Bowl: 2 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Stage: Moo Sample Station: Enjoy free dairy treats from local vendors 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Live: Presentations and interactive activities highlighting cows and agriculture. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Moo Booth: AGDAY365: 12:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Quiz Show. 5:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Watch cows being milked and join fun activities and competitions. Hours vary.
DAIRY BUILDING: Butter Sculptures: Princess Kay and her court will all have their likeness carved into a 90-lb. block of butter by a sculptor. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
DAN PATCH PARK: State of Fire Prevention Address: 11 a.m.
DNR PARK: DNR The Minnesota outdoors are showcased and aquariums show fish in their native habitats. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Prevention Building: Learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Tower: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fish Pond Talks: 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45 p.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Fire Prevention Games and Activities: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bronze Smokey Bear Award: 11 a.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: A variety of educational exhibitors and artwork by Minnesota students. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dance & Entertainment Studios: 9 a.m.; Tech Ed First Robotics: Demonstrations and competitions by high schools students. 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Come Square Dance: 11:30 a.m.; Royal Sil-O-Ettes: 4 & 6:30 p.m.
EXPO PLACE: Hot Zone: Learn life-saving skills through fun activities and demonstrations. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Alphabet Forest: Meet authors and alphabet activities. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Math On-A-Stick: A space for kids and families to explore math concepts. Go on a number scavenger hunt, play and sort with shapes, use the spiral machine, take the pentagon challenge. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Break-Shop Bump’n: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.
FINE ARTS CENTER: An annual exhibition that is the result of a juried competition. See the original 2017 State Fair Commemorative Art created by St. Paul artist Ta-coumba Aiken. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Studio: Here: Each day of the fair, a practicing Minnesota artist will create artwork and interact with fair guests. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Be a Fine Arts Detective: Find clues to discover artwork throughout the fine arts exhibition and earn a ribbon for finding all the pieces. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
FIREWORKS: West of the grandstand, following the grandstand concert sometime between 10-11 p.m.
GIANT SING ALONG: Group karaoke; south side of Murphy Av. between Underwood and Cooper Sts. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE CENTER: Showcase of the significant events, stories and traditions of the fair. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
HORSE BARN: EquiMania: Exhibits including skeletons, anatomy models and other artifacts used in caring for horses. 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Governor’s Fire Prevention Day Flag Raising Ceremony: 10:10 a.m.
LASER HITZ SHOW: Outdoors at the intersection of Cosgrove St. and Randall Av. 9:15 p.m.
LITTLE FARM HANDS: Hands-on agricultural education exhibit for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
MINNESOTA NEWSPAPER MUSEUM: See how newspapers were made before the use of modern machinery. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: A-Maize-ing Corn Day: Play Corn Plinko and other fun games, answer corn trivia and win prizes. Learn about various products made from corn and meet Corn Guy. 10 a.m.; Thank a Farmer Magic Show: Noon, 4 & 6 p.m.
NORTHWOODS: All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash: 11 a.m., 2 & 4:40 p.m.; Timberworks Lumberjack Show: Noon, 3, 5:30 & 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.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: History on-a-Schtick: 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
STATE FAIR MALL PARADE: The parade route begins near the Haunted House, heads north on Cosgrove Street, west on Randall Avenue and south on Underwood Street. 2 p.m.
SWINE BARN: Get a glimpse into the life of pig farming. Hours vary. Oink Booth: Pig Tales: Find out facts about pigs during this narrated talk and Q&A. 11 a.m.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: Meet researchers and participate in a study. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
VISITORS PLAZA: Fairchild and Fairborn Appearance: Pose with state fair mascot Fairchild and his sidekick, Fairborne. 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
WALKING HISTORY TOUR: A free self-guided tour to discover State Fair history. Brochures available throughout the fairgrounds.
THE X-ZONE: Skateboard and BMX Bike Demonstrations: 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROGRAMS
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Ask the Cider Maker: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Apple Grower: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Looking Inside the Hive: 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 p.m.; Cooking with Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Ask the Grape Grower: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Harvesting Honey: 1, 2, 4, 5 p.m.; Beekeeper’s Corner: Mini classes on beekeeping topics. 3, 3:15, 3:30 & 3:45 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Stage: Moo Booth: Make It Better With Butter Contest: 10 a.m.; Hand Milking: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: American Sewing Guild: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota Knitters Guild: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Midwest Machine Knitter Collaborative: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
DNR PARK: Paddleboard and Kayak Demonstrations. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
EXPO PLACE: Mock Car Crash Scene Demonstration: Noon & 3:30 p.m.
PET CENTER: Northern Sky Kennel Hunting Demonstration: 9, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Pet Surgery: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Trainer Denise Nord: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Training Tips & Tricks with Rhonda Maeth. 6 p.m.; St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation: 7 p.m.
PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: How to Do Wild Craft Fermentation: 10 a.m.; ReUSE MN: Demonstrations of DIY reuse and repair techniques. 10 a.m., 12:30, 3 & 5:30 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H Rube Goldberg Challenge: 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
AGSTAR ARENA: 4-H Dairy and Market Goat Show: 8 a.m.; 4-H Market Lamb and Breeding Ewe Show: 4:30 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Agrilympics: Celebrity Milking Contest: 2:30 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: The Great Spam Championship: 10:45 a.m.
DAN PATCH PARK: Fire Explorers Challenge: More than 325 youth representing 24 Fire Explorer posts square off in a variety of competitions including gear donning, ladder raising, spinal immobilization and more. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Sheep Open Class: 8, 8:30, 10:30 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; 4-H Market Rabbit: 5 p.m.; 4-H Poultry: 7 p.m.
WARNER COLISEUM: 4-H Market Beef Show, Prospect Market Calf Show, Dairy Steer Show and Showmanship: 7:30 a.m.; 4-H Beef Championship: 2 p.m.; 4-H Minnesota Meat Grilling Contest: 4 p.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Draft Horses Hitches, English Pleasure and Performance Breeds: 4 p.m.
DNR PARK: Raptor Displays and Flying Demonstrations: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m. (Except Aug. 30.)
HORSE BARN: Aisle of Breeds: Showcase of different types of horses. Meet the horses and their owners and ask questions. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: This agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of nearly 200 animals, including calves, lambs and piglets, during the fair’s 12-day run. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Meet the Animals: Q&A with Minnesota FFA members and their animals. 10 a.m.
PET CENTER: Meet a variety of dog breeds, shop pet vendors and see demonstrations. Meet the Dog Breeds: See a variety of different canine breeds each day. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Minnesota Disc Dog Club: 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 & 5 p.m.; Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association: 5 p.m.
HOME AND HOBBIES
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: State Floral Association: “A Feast of Flowers:” Local florists present floralscapes that depict a different occasion or event within our daily lives with an abundance of beautiful fresh flowers and plants. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The Common Table: Minnesota Eats: An interactive exhibit that seeks to inspire Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat, centered around six areas of action: buy local, eat local, grow food, nurture soil, promote justice and reduce waste. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. African Violet Society of Minnesota Show: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota State Horticultural Society Potted Plant Show: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sustainable Resilient Lazy Gardening: 10 a.m.; Recipe Card Roundup: 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.;Straw Bale Gardening All Over This Planet: 10 a.m.; Let’s Talk About Violets: 11 a.m.; Minnesota Grape Growers Association: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sustainable Humane Pest Control: Noon; Mushrooms of Minnesota: 2 p.m.; Unlocking the Secrets to Soil Health: 3 p.m.; Creating a Night Garden: 4 p.m.; Backyard Food Forest: 5 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Home to the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer, along with various demonstrations held daily. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
GRANDSTAND: The Great Minnesota Knit Together: Minnesota’s largest yarnbomb — a form of street art featuring crocheted, knitted and other crafted yarn creations — will blanket topiaries on the Grandstand ramp.
MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Local Wine & Food on a Stick: 3:30 p.m.
PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: An educational exhibit with information and activities by local health and environmental organizations. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Life Cycle of the Plenteous Garments Americanus: Upcycling, Eco-Fashion and Earth-Friendly Clothing: Noon; Pollination in Minnesota: 2 p.m.; Show Me the Money: Ten Simple Sustainability Steps You Can Take to Save Money and the Environment: 4 p.m.