Variety
August 26, 2019
Craziest drinks at the Minnesota State Fair

Craziest drinks at the Minnesota State Fair

Cotton Candy Bubble Trouble, The Original Beergarita, Orange Push-Up Pop Beer and S'Mores Beer are all brand new at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.
Music
August 26, 2019
Jonah Marais, a member of the band Why Don’t We, sang a solo part of one of the bands opening songs to thousands of screaming young fans at the Gran

Live gigs run nonstop at the fair, and for one day, so did our music critic

From a local Tom Petty tribute band to the screaming boy-band fans at the grandstand, one critic took in 18 acts in 13 hours at the fair.
Local
August 25, 2019
Eddie Hoeschen, 2, rode on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen's, of Duluth, shoulders as they walked through a thick crowd at the Minnesota State Fair in Falc

Minnesota State Fair, Day 3: Not quite the mob of a year ago

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. That sets the record for first-day attendance. The all-time…
St. Paul
August 24, 2019
Protesters headed away from the fair late Saturday afternoon.

Snelling reopened in wake of protest

Snelling Avenue was largely reopened Saturday evening after being closed on and off as a small group of protesters walked to and from the Minnesota…
Local
August 24, 2019
MAGA presidential hats and T-shirts for sale at the Republican Party booth Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair.

GOP says volunteer was groped at Minnesota State Fair booth

The Minnesota Republican Party said Saturday that a woman volunteering at the party's booth at the State Fair was sexually assaulted by another woman Friday…
Local
August 24, 2019
Miranda Groth and Bryan Koll, both of Apple Valley, shared a moment while waiting for the daily parade to begin Thursday.

On the Minnesota State Fair's second day, a second record is set

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEThursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. That sets the record for first-day attendance. The previous record…
Music
August 24, 2019
Marc Anthony performed at the Minnesota State Fair in 2011.

10 great grandstand moments at the Minnesota State Fair

Video director Dale Kivimaki remembers 25 years of stellar shows and near-mishaps at the State Fair.
Local
August 24, 2019

Decades of musical legends on the State Fair's grandstand stage

From Ricky Nelson to Christina Aguilera, take a trip back in time with these photos of headline acts from the Star Tribune archives.
Variety
August 24, 2019
Hot new desserts hit the Minnesota State Fair

Hot new desserts hit the Minnesota State Fair

Nordic Waffle's Pebbles & Bam Bam, Rainbow Ice Cream's Halo Cone and the deep-fried chocolate chip cookie dough from Kora's Cookie Dough are all brand new at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.
Business
August 24, 2019
Shoppers at the Good Things tent, a Twin Cities retailer making its first appearance at the Minnesota State Fair this year.

Minnesota State Fair is a magnet that some small retailers use the entire year

A booth can bring business to brick-and-mortar stores long after event has run its course.
Curious Minnesota
August 23, 2019
Lorraine Robitaille, right, handed Margarita Nunez a large stuffed dog as they hung prizes at their game stand in the Midway the day before opening da

Nearly $60M flowed into State Fair coffers last year. Where did it go?

We asked what State Fair facts you were curious about, and several readers have done the math and want to know what happens to all that dough.
Local
August 23, 2019
Evelyn Mueller made a cross necklace with her parents Matt and Zion Mueller at Crossroads Ministries at the Minnesota State Fair. Crossroads is one of

Prayer at the fair? Seekers will find plenty of Christian worship spaces

Where do you go for prayer at the Minnesota State Fair? How about an ecumenical service at the Leinie Lodge at 9:15 Sunday morning? Or…
Photography
August 23, 2019

Follow this pie from ingredients to State Fair delicacy

How does a pie go from a few ingredients to prizewinning delicacy? Violet Lyford, 83, takes us along as she prepares pies for the Minnesota State Fair.
Local
August 23, 2019
People walked up Judson Avenue at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday morning, Aug. 22, 2019, before the crowds got too thick.

First day of Minnesota State Fair sets attendance record

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared to 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. That sets the record for first-day attendance. The previous…
Music
August 23, 2019
Darius Rucker, right, frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, sang along guitarist Mark Bryan at the State Fair on Thursday night.

Hootie, the bar band, blows up again at Minnesota State Fair

Twenty-five years later, the South Carolina group is bigger than ever.
Variety
August 23, 2019
Smokey Bear turns 75 this year.

5 things to do Friday at the State Fair: A-Maize-ing Corn Day and crickets

1 Smokey Bear turns 75 this year. The Department of Natural Resources will stage a Smokey puppet show at 11 a.m. and a celebration at…
Links
August 23, 2019

Decades of musical legends on the State Fair's grandstand stage

From Ricky Nelson to Christina Aguilera, take a trip back in time with these photos of headline acts from the Star Tribune archives.
Local
August 23, 2019

State Fair feels like second home every year to about 5,600 4-Hers

Kids from sixth grade through college freshmen travel from the farthest corners of the state to the fair, having earned the spot to exhibit livestock and showcase fine arts projects.
Variety
August 23, 2019

A kids'-eye view of the fair can be exhilarating — and overwhelming

The sheer size of crowds, rides and choices can make the Minnesota State Fair a memorable experience for the smaller visitor.
Local
August 23, 2019

Scene at the Fair: There's plenty to see on the outer edges

A parade of people, from fair workers to neighbors and kids flow in and out of the edges of the State Fair.