May 23
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.
May 22
A sign of encouragement stood at the main entrance to the State Fairgrounds on Thursday. The Minnesota State Fair board is set to meet on Friday, with

Decision looms on whether to hold State Fair as board meets today

Fair officials declined to comment, while vendors remain nervous about their chances.
April 24
Governor Tim Walz was sporting some corn dog socks as the Minnesota State Fair gates opened last year. They were a gift from Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan,

Walz calls Minnesota State Fair a 'tough lift' this year given crowds

If the State Fair is held as usual, General Manager Jerry Hammer said, it won't be done with restrictions.
St. Paul
February 13
Permits are required on some St. Paul streets to help residents park near their homes.

St. Paul City Council makes it a crime to sell parking permits

Permits are required on some city streets to help residents park near their homes. But some people have been selling their permits to make extra money, particularly during the State Fair.
January 20
The sun rose above the main gate on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair in 2016, the year fair officials added bag checks at entrypoints.

Minnesota State Fair will add metal detectors at entrance gates this year

The fair said the change, part of $10 million in upgrades planned for this year, will help maintain a "safe and secure environment."
January 4
A baby white lamb named Katie, born just three days prior, gets felt by a fan in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center in 2018 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota family sues State Fair over boy's E. coli illness

Lawsuit coincides with Health Department report recommending additional precautions at the Miracle of Birth exhibit.
September 17, 2019
A newborn piglet is held just hours after birth in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair.

E. coli outbreak linked to State Fair animal birth exhibit

Minnesota officials have recorded 11 cases so far, including six who were hospitalized. Those infected range in age from 2 to 43.
St. Paul
September 7, 2019
Police remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair late Monday night after a

Gang violence marred final hours of Minnesota State Fair

With residents alarmed over gang violence outside gate, officials stress the event's safety.
Data Drop
September 6, 2019
Perched safely on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen’s shoulders, 2-year-old Eddie Hoeschen of Duluth peered out at maybe more people than he’s ever seen.

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

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.
September 5, 2019
Use only with STFair19 feature of Instagram photos tagged for special State Fair section.

Scene at the Fair: Your best photos captured it all

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.
September 4, 2019
Angie Dietel claimed her prize Tuesday at State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, with husband David at her side. Credit: Minnesota Lottery

Lottery ticket purchase while picking up free T-shirt leads to $100K prize for State Fair visitor

She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
St. Paul
September 4, 2019
Police vehicles remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair grounds late Mon

Police hunt for suspects in 'brazen,' 'lawless' shooting outside fair

Gov. Tim Walz decried the gunfire, which left 3 hurt, and fair officials said safety is their top priority.
September 3, 2019
Six of the 12 dates during the 2019 Minnesota State Fair set set one-day marks.

State Fair sets attendance record with 2.1 million fairgoers

The final attendance tally for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair of 2,126,551 tops the previous mark of 2,046,533 just last year.
September 3, 2019

Fair babies

In addition to the champion giant pumpkins and sugar beets, the State Fair boasts a large crop of cute babies, some straining at stroller straps, some lounging in hay.
September 3, 2019
After 40 years and more than 1 million meals, State Fair chef hangs up her apron

After 40 years and more than 1 million meals, State Fair chef hangs up her apron

Dede Hard has made sure every 4-H'er at the Minnesota State Fair has gotten three square meals a day for nearly 40 years. She retired Monday.
September 3, 2019
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, left, and guitarist Billy Gibbons with drummer Frank Beard during the first song of their Grandstand set Monday night. ] JE

ZZ Top, Cheap Trick make a fairly cool finale at the grandstand

The two hall-of-fame bands finished off the grandstand series with familiar hits.
East Metro
September 3, 2019
Dede Hard pumped her fist as her kitchen staff in the 4-H Building banged pots and pans announcing the last meal served at the 2019 State Fair.

After decades feeding 4-Hers at the fair, Dede Hard calls it a day

For years, Dede Hard has ordered the food, organized the crew and overseen preparations. The 4-H kitchen gets the biggest food delivery at the State Fair.
September 2, 2019

A new view through an old lens

Right around when the fair was born in the 1800s, tintype photography was in its heyday. This feat of photographic alchemy freezes a 2019 State Fair moment in Civil War-era tones. Tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
September 2, 2019

Roller coaster of emotions

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.
September 1, 2019
Brandi Carlile performed to a packed grandstand Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair.

Brandi Carlile gets giddy at her great Minnesota State Fair concert

She seemed genuinely in awe at the response of the sell-out crowd in her biggest market.