Eddie Hoeschen, 2, rode on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen's, of Duluth, shoulders as they walked through a thick crowd at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.

'Safety comes first': COVID-19 causes State Fair to be called off

Although the COVID-19 infection peak in Minnesota is expected in July, the threat of contagion killed this year's event, which draws hundreds of thousands from around the state.
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August 11
Star Tribune launches online version of Minnesota's Great Get Together.
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Scene at the Fair: Your best photos captured it all

September 5, 2019
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.
Sweet Martha's cookies are among the offerings at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade.
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Minnesota State Fair Food Parade sells out in just 2½ hours

July 31
Those who were able to buy tickets reported waits of up to an hour.
Artist Linda Christensen carved a solid block of butter in the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair in 2018.
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Minnesota State Fair's famous butter sculptures will go on this year

July 20
The carving process will be streamed on the Princess Kay Facebook page.
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Scene at the Fair: A new view through an old lens

August 23, 2019
Portraits of fairgoers and workers using 1800s technology; tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
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Scene at the Fair: Roller coaster of emotions

August 23, 2019
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.
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We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

September 6, 2019
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.
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With no drinks to serve this year, Minnesota State Fair is selling its spare plastic cups

July 14
You won't be able to sip your favorite cool beverage at the State Fair this year, but you can drink it from an official cup.