Dressed as the COVID-19 virus, Arabelle Rohs, of Sherburne County, walked with her llama, “Sherlock,” dressed as a doctor, before the start of the

COVID at the State Fair: It's been a year like no other

Tens of thousands of fairgoers attended the Minnesota State Fair as the COVID-19 Delta variant surged in 2021. With no mask mandate or attendance limitations, the Great Minnesota Get Together went forward as Minnesotans sought a sense of normalcy.
A line formed outside the main gates of the Minnesota State Fair early on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.
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Crowd attempted to storm gate at State Fair on Monday night

September 7
Law enforcement officers used a chemical agent to break up the group, and one man had a gun, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said.
A selection of questions received from fairgoers on August 28.
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Listen: What do State Fair attendees want to know about Minnesota?

September 3
Fairgoers spoke to the Curious Minnesota podcast about what questions they would like to see us answer.
Why we call Minnesota home: Fleeting moments draw us to the fair
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Why we call Minnesota home: Fleeting moments draw us to the fair

September 2
Drawing from life teaches us how to see. We learn how to appreciate the ordinary details of the world around us, and we can see reflections of ourselves.
The Minnesota State Fair crowd on Carnes Avenue early Monday evening.
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State Fair attendance begins to climb after starting off slow

September 1
Fewer people makes for a more enjoyable experience for those who do come, one vendor said: "We're here, we're open, we're happy."
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A little fun with the seven fair day-vices

August 31
Our photographer framed the panorama of humanity that is the State Fair, keeping an eye out for pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth — and keeping tongue firmly in cheek. Can you guess who's portraying what?
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FairCam: Live from the Minnesota State Fair

August 22
What's it like on the state fairgrounds at this moment? Check out our FairCam to get a taste of the preparation.
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State Fair study tests which masks are best in COVID fight

September 2
Mask fitting research prompted U of M group to develop an alternative mask design that could be readied in the event of a supply shortage.
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A behind-the-scenes look at the Minnesota State Fair's blue-ribbon entries

September 1
There were more than 3,000 entries in this year's State Fair baking competitions.