Shawnda Henderson, of Minneapolis, rode the Giant slide with her daughter Mira on the last day of the Kickoff to Summer at the Fair event in May at th

Sweet news: The Minnesota State Fair will be back this year

Attendance won't be limited and masks won't be required.
Arlie Gonsior, 6, jumped up and down to stay warm while waiting for fresh french fries with her family Thursday at the Kickoff to Summer at the Fair.
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Minnesota State Fair preview offers taste of return to normalcy

May 27
A bone-chilling day couldn't dampen enthusiasm at fairgrounds.
On the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Alexana Lofton, left, and Megan Hare (right) got the bacon ready for the big weekend.
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Minnesota State Fair fans can get their fix at preview event

May 26
The sold-out "Kick Off to Summer" will allow 10,000 people to roam the grounds at a time.
Huge crowds on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in August 2017.
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Walz considers COVID-19 dial change, 'normal' State Fair

April 30
Gov. Tim Walz met with business leaders to discuss further easing of COVID-19 restrictions and commended Minnesotans for a vaccine uptake rate that "out-vaccinated the surge."
Huge crowds on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in 2017.
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Brooks: Planting the seeds for a great Minnesota get-together

March 13
A great many things have to come together before a Great Minnesota Get-Together, and almost none of them can wait.
Fairchild the gopher, official mascot of the State Fair.
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Minnesota State Fair set to return in August

June 11
The "Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together" will return on Aug. 26 and run through Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Opening day in 2017 drew a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.
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Prospects for 2021 Minnesota State Fair are encouraging

February 24
A drop in COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates have sparked optimism.
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State Fair's flash sale deepens discount on advance tickets for 2021

November 24, 2020
The $10 price was only offered on Tuesday.
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State Fair Food Parade returns for another round of drive-through fair treats

September 15, 2020
The two long weekends in October are a follow-up to the summer event that turned the fairgrounds into a drive-through for the first time in history.