State Fair
August 31, 2021
Michael McDonald in 2019 performs “Takin’ It To The Streets” and “Listen To The Music” with the Doobie Brothers before they announced their

Michael McDonald pulls out of Doobie Brothers' State Fair gig due to COVID

The opening act pulled out as well, but "the show must go on," band co-founder says.
State Fair
August 31, 2021
The Skyride crossed over State Fairgoers on the corner of Carnes Avenue and Underwood Street on Monday.

Minnesota State Fair's fifth day drew 91,568 people

Attendance at the Minnesota State Fair was 91,568 on Monday.Day 1 (Thursday, Aug. 26): 61,983, compared with 133,326 in 2019 (the attendance record for the…
State Fair
August 31, 2021
Fairgoers enjoyed the giant swing ride at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Looking at the State Fair through a new lens

We took a fresh look at the Minnesota State Fair with Rollei 400 black-and-white infrared film.
State Fair
August 31, 2021
The Spinners: Jessie Robert Peck, Marvin Taylor, Ronnie Moss, C.J. Spencer and Henry Fambrough

Spinners, Little Anthony deliver a tasty oldies show at Minnesota State Fair

They celebrated vintage R&B with show-bizzy style.
State Fair
August 30, 2021
Audience members wave their hands in the air while Shaggy performs at the Minnesota State Fair Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Minnesota State Fair attendance was 149,247 on Sunday

Attendance at the Minnesota State Fair was 149,247 on Sunday.Day 1 (Thursday, Aug. 26): 61,983, compared with 133,326 in 2019 (which is the all-time attendance…
State Fair
August 30, 2021
Fairgoers watched “Twin Cities Live” hosts Steve Patterson and Elizabeth Ries at the KSTP-TV booth last week. RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII • richard.t

Local media personalities are still finding their way to the State Fair

This year's State Fair is short on local media personalities. But you still can see some — if you keep your distance.
State Fair
August 29, 2021
TLC shook the grandstand stage at Sunday’s Minnesota State Fair. Shaggy was anothere ’90s throwback artist to hit the stage.

TLC brings '90s nostalgia to State Fair Grandstand

Review: Opening act Shaggy upstaged the headliners.
Local
August 29, 2021
The Midway provided plenty of upside down and whirling thrills on the State Fair’s opening day Thursday, Aug. 26.

Minnesota State Fair drew 129,984 people on Saturday

Attendance at the Minnesota State Fair rose on Saturday, with more people visiting on the weekend. The third day of the 2021 fair drew 129,984…
State Fair
August 29, 2021
What's your State Fair IQ?

What's your State Fair IQ?

We asked some young fairgoers to tackle these questions and draw their answers. How does your knowledge stack up?
State Fair
August 29, 2021
Members of the Doobie Brothers, from left, Tom Johnston, John McFee, Michael McDonald and Pat Simmons.

Doobies are takin' it to the State Fair on reunion tour with Michael McDonald

After 26 years, Michael McDonald rejoins the Doobie Brothers for a State Fair gig.
State Fair
August 28, 2021
Cake, cookies, bread, muffins and other baked goods in the Creative Activities building at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair attendance again low on second day

Friday's attendance was 77,406, which was about half of 2019's second-day count of 157,224.
State Fair
August 27, 2021
Maren Morris delivered empowering songs with a passionate, alluring voice Friday at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

Maren Morris, Nashville's finest, sparkles at Minnesota State Fair

She showed humor, humanity and heart in an eclectic performance
State Fair
August 27, 2021
Justin Stafki, 17, of White Bear Lake, walked away from the Great Big Wheel after a ride with his mother, Barb, just as the rain started to fall Thurs

Brooks: Minnesotans aren't sure they want to get together at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year

The delta variant is surging just as the fair is drawing thousands of people with very different comfort levels on the issues of masks, vaccines and eating horse paste.
State Fair
August 27, 2021
Linda Christensen sculpted a butterhead of Anna Euerle, the 2021 Princess Kay of the Milky Way, on Friday in the Dairy Barn at the Minnesota State Fai

Longtime State Fair butter sculptor hands off butter knife

Anna Euerle, the fair's 68th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, was the subject of the 79-year-old Linda Christensen's final butterhead.
State Fair
August 27, 2021
Fairgoers weathered a heavy rainstorm Thursday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights.

Minnesota State Fair's opening day sees major attendance drop

The COVID-19 pandemic and rain likely affected attendance.
Local
August 27, 2021

First-day Minnesota State Fair attendance far less than in 2019

2021 Minnesota State Fair attendanceFirst Thursday (Aug. 26): 61,983First Thursday, 2019: 133,326 (also the all-time attendance record for the fair's first Thursday)First Thursday, 2018: 122,695Source:…
State Fair
August 27, 2021
Strawberries and cream funnel cake from Auntie M’s Gluten Free.

42 new Minnesota State Fair foods, from marvelous to meh

As the fair returned from a year off, the Taste team grabbed their masks and ate their way through the first day.
State Fair
August 26, 2021
Miranda Lambert CMT

After the lightning at State Fair, Lambert starts slow, then warms up

Review: Weather-delayed show got better after she let her hair down.
Local
August 26, 2021
A group of fairgoers sought shelter at the Minnesota State Fair during a severe rainstorm on Thursday, the first day of the fair.

Heavy rain prompts flash flood watch for Twin Cities, surrounding area

Rain and lightning shut down the State Fair's daily parade and some rides.
State Fair
August 26, 2021
Justin Stafki, 17, of White Bear Lake, walked away from the Great Big Wheel after a ride with his mother, Barb. They say they were headed somewhere dr

State Fair: It was a bright and stormy day

With food and animals and tractors and rides and thousands of Minnesotans, the State Fair returned, though under a couple of clouds, one called thunderstorm and one called delta on Thursday, August 26, 2021.