Music
April 11
Pitbull got the party started at the Twin Cities Summer Jam in 2019.

It's going down with Pitbull and Iggy Azalea at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 28

The Sunday night show is part of a 50-city summer tour with the 2010s-era hitmakers.
Music
March 8
Diana Ross

Diana Ross, Jim Gaffigan are headed to the Minnesota State Fair

Tickets will go on sale on Friday.
Variety
February 23
Artist Ashlea Karkula created her “Midway at the State Fair Candy Art” by hot-gluing sweets to a 3- by 4-foot canvas.

Minneapolis artist outsmarts her candy-snitching dogs to create sweet replica of the State Fair midway

Interact Center artist trades in paintbrush for hot glue gun and acrylic for candy.
Obituaries
February 16
Curt Pederson

Curt Pederson, American Swedish Institute curator and longtime State Fair creative maestro, dies at 72

Curt Pederson might have been in the midst of hanging a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute or readying a demo at the Minnesota…
Local
February 15
Shawnda Henderson of Minneapolis rode the Giant Slide with her daughter Mira on the last day of the “Kickoff to Summer” event at the Minnesota Sta

Minnesota State Fair preview event returns in May

The "Kickoff to Summer" event is a miniature version of the State Fair and will run Memorial Day weekend.
Local
January 17
People line up at the main ticket booth on the first day of the State Fair in 2016.

This year's State Fair will have higher admission prices, shorter hours

Admission will rise to $17 for ages 13 to 64. Fairgrounds will open an hour later than usual and close and hour earlier.
Local
December 6, 2021
State Fair police squad cars at the fairgrounds in 2020.

Minnesota State Fair reinstates its police force

Ramsey County sheriff's commander to lead the department.
Taste
November 23, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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."