Eat & Drink
July 31
Sweet Martha's cookies are among the offerings at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade.

Minnesota State Fair Food Parade sells out in just 2½ hours

Those who were able to buy tickets reported waits of up to an hour.
Eat & Drink
July 22
From left, Marie LaFrance, 14, Elise Elliott, 14 and Ireland Dawood, 14, enjoyed chocolate chip cookies just purchased from Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar

Minnesota State Fair announces drive-thru for classic fair foods

Buckets of cookies, duck wontons and chocolate malts are back.
Variety
July 20
Artist Linda Christensen carved a solid block of butter in the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair in 2018.

Minnesota State Fair's famous butter sculptures will go on this year

The carving process will be streamed on the Princess Kay Facebook page.
Variety
July 14
State Fair beers from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.

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

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.
Variety
July 13
Minnesota State Fair is canceled, but you can still visit the Fine Arts show

Minnesota State Fair is canceled, but you can still visit the Fine Arts show

Tickets for in-person viewing go on sale July 14.
Coronavirus
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.
Coronavirus
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.
Coronavirus
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.
Local
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."
Local
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.
Local
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.
Variety
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.
Local
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.
Variety
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.
Local
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.
Local
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.