Taste
November 23
A Halo Cone

Second-oldest Minnesota State Fair food vendor ends 90-year run

The longtime owners say "it's like selling the family farm."
State Fair
September 7
From the left; Poseidon Thao, 8, Chance Yang, 9, and Evann Gonzalez, 10, enjoyed the last day of the Minnesota State Fair on Monday in Falcon Heights.

Minnesota State Fair final attendance: 1.3 million, far below 2019 record

That compares with 2,126,551 in 2019 (the fair's all-time attendance record) and 2,046,533 in 2018.
Local
September 7
A line formed outside the main gates of the Minnesota State Fair early on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

Crowd attempted to storm gate at State Fair on Monday night

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.
Local
September 6
From left; Poseidon Thao, 8, Chance Yang, 9, and Evann Gonzalez, 10, used a giant panda toy to roughhouse as they enjoyed the State Fair with friends

Day 11 of Minnesota State Fair draws 153,422 people

The Minnesota State Fair drew 153,422 people on Sunday, the 11th of its 12 days. That compares with 245,243 in 2019 and 241,102 in 2018.Day…
State Fair
September 5
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.
Local
September 5
People, mostly unmasked, walked along Judson Avenue at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Minnesota State Fair drew 153,953 people on Saturday

The same date in 2018 and 2019 topped 250,000.
State Fair
September 4
Fairgoers walked near the Great Big Wheel as the daily parade at the Minnesota State Fair took place behind them Tuesday afternoon.

Minnesota State Fair's ninth day drew less than half 2019's number

Minnesota State Fair attendance continues to be low. Friday, which was Day 9, drew 102,020 people, less than half 2019's number.Day 1 (Thursday, Aug. 26):…
State Fair
September 3
Faith Vang of East St. Paul kissed boyfriend Jayson Sanchez of Richfield as they waited to ride the Sky Flyer at the Minnesota State Fair’s Mighty M

Minnesota State Fair's eighth day drew 80,778, about half of 2019's number

Attendance has been lower every day this year vs. the last year before the pandemic.
State Fair
September 2
Why we call Minnesota home: Fleeting moments draw us to the fair

Why we call Minnesota home: Fleeting moments draw us to the fair

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.
State Fair
September 2
A group of llamas between programming at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota State Fair's seventh day draws 88,027 people

That was significantly down from 2019 and 2018 numbers.
State Fair
September 2
Cooper Johnson, 12, took part in the mask fit-testing at the U of M Driven to Discover Research Facility Wednesday afternoon.

State Fair study tests which masks are best in COVID fight

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.
State Fair
September 1
Tim McGraw, who gave his sixth concert audience at the grandstand on Wednesday, had a near-capacity crowd of 12,480 (the largest at the grandstand thi

Tim McGraw scores with girl-dad country at Minnesota State Fair grandstand

He drew the State Fair grandstand's biggest crowd yet.
State Fair
September 1
The Minnesota State Fair crowd on Carnes Avenue early Monday evening.

State Fair attendance begins to climb after starting off slow

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."
State Fair
September 1
A familiar scene at the Mighty Midway at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair's sixth day drew 89,618 people

2021 State Fair attendanceDay 1 (Thursday, Aug. 26): 61,983, compared with 133,326 in 2019 (the attendance record for the fair's first Thursday) and 122,695 in…
State Fair
September 1
Baked goods in the Creative Activities Building at the Minnesota State Fair competition. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Here are the 2021 winners in the Minnesota State Fair's baking competitions

If you've ever walked into the Creative Activities Building at the State Fair, you've seen the impressive handiwork of Minnesota cooks. Here are the top…
State Fair
September 1
Liz Schwandt carefully arranged the baking contest entries in the new refrigerated cases in the Creative Activities Building.

A behind-the-scenes look at the Minnesota State Fair's blue-ribbon entries

There were more than 3,000 entries in this year's State Fair baking competitions.
State Fair
September 1
Up, up and away to your (adjective) Day at the Minnesota State Fair!

Up, up and away to your (adjective) Day at the Minnesota State Fair!

After a no-fair year, the Minnesota State Fair is back. Whether you're planning to get vaccinated, mask up, and attend — or if you're sitting this one out — here's your chance to fill in some blanks and remember what makes Great Minnesota Get-Togethers so great.
State Fair
August 31
The Doobie Brothers went on without Michael McDonald on Tuesday night at the Minnesota State Fair.

Doobie Brothers rock State Fair without 'recuperating and isolating' Michael McDonald

The performance went on, as it has without McDonald for decades.
August 31
LUST: Jean and Ronnie Reed of Oakdale, newlyweds who were married in July, danced at Dino’s Gyros at the Minnesota State Fair. The newlyweds knew ea

A little fun with the seven fair day-vices

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?
State Fair
August 31
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.