Sunday, Aug. 26


MINNESOTA COOKS DAY: Through cooking demonstrations from talented Minnesota chefs and cooks, and lively discussions with chefs, cooks, farmers, and local political, media and arts personalities, Minnesota Cooks explores the vital role family farmers and sustainable agriculture have within our food system. A mix of cooking demonstrations, relevant discussions and live music. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


GRANDSTAND: Earth, Wind and Fire: With Sinbad. 7:30 p.m.

DNR PARK: Roxxy Hall Band: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.; Ecuador Manta: 5-9 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Siama’s Congo Roots: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; Ipso Facto: 8 p.m.

LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Bryan White: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Redhead Express: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; State Fair Amateur Talent Contest: 6 p.m.; BoDeans: 8 p.m.

MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Mike Salovich: 6:30 p.m.

RAMBERG MUSIC CAFE: Scott Fraser: 10, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.; The Mad Ripple Hootenanny: 3:15, 4:30, 5:45 p.m.

SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: Minnesota State Fiddle Contest: 11:30 a.m.; The High 48s: 3, 4 & 5 p.m.; Mayda: 8 p.m.


CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Watch cows being milked, join in activities and competitions and learn about cows and how your food goes from farm to table. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Moo Sample Station: Free treats courtesy of local food organizations. Located outside the Cattle Barn on the northwest corner. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Live: Presentations and interactive activities highlighting the wonderful world of cows and agriculture. Barn Stage, inside Cattle Barn. 11 a.m.; Moo Booth: Video Presentations: Barn Stage, inside Cattle Barn. Noon, 1:30 & 2 p.m.; AGDAY365: A quiz show on the Barn Stage, inside Cattle Barn. 12:30 p.m.

CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: This agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of nearly 200 animals. New this year: FFA youth will lead hands-on AG-tivities and make-and-take crafting to help young people earn a “Bag of Ag” (while supplies last). 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Turkey Time: Story Time with Minnesota Turkey. 10:45 a.m.; Dairy Goodness: Meet and learn with the Princess Kay of the Milky Way Finalists. 11 a.m.; Thank a Farmer Magic Show: Noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Food, Facts and Farming: 1 & 5 p.m.; Two Truths and a Lie: 6 p.m.

DAILY MALL PARADE: The 14-block parade route begins near the Haunted House, heads north on Cosgrove St., west on Randall Av and south on Underwood St. 2 p.m.

DAIRY BUILDING: Butter Sculptures: Princess Kay and court will have their likeness carved into 90-pound blocks of butter by a live sculptor. One sculpture is created each day while the princesses and sculptor rotate in a display cooler and answer questions from the audience. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

DNR PARK: DNR Fire Tower: Climb the DNR Fire Tower (weather permitting) to get a bird’s-eye view of the fairgrounds and learn what it’s like to watch for wildfires from a tower. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Ask a DNR Expert: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; DNR Fire Prevention Building: Learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Building: The Minnesota outdoors are showcased; aquariums show fish in their native habitats. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fish Pond Talks: 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45 & 6:45 p.m.; Suprise! That Lives in Minnesota: The Land of Lakes is home to a wide range of habitats and huge variety of plants and animals. Come test your knowledge of Minnesota’s biggest, smallest and oddest plants and animals. 11 a.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Emerald Ash Borer Costumed Character: Noon & 2 p.m.; Invasive Insects: Discover the invasive insects that are problems in Minnesota. Learn how to identify them, what kind of damage they cause, where they are found in Minnesota and what to do if one is found. 1 p.m.

EDUCATION BUILDING: Education and health institutions and nonprofits offer information and free goodies. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Square Dance Federation of Minnesota: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; Line Dance Evolution: 3:30, 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.

EXPO PLACE: Black Storytellers Alliance: 10:15, 11 a.m., 12:30 & 1:15 p.m.; Open Eye Figure Theatre: 2:45, 3:30, 5 & 5:45 p.m.

FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Alphabet Forest: Meet authors, pose for photos with fair letters and make crafts. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Great Big Sandbox: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Math On-A-Stick: Explore math ideas, go on a number scavenger hunt and take the pentagon challenge. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Catholic Mass: 9:15 a.m. Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Jerry Frasier: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Steve Trash: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.; County Fair Talent Contest: 7 p.m.

FINE ARTS CENTER: Be a fine arts detective using observation skills and clues to find specific art pieces throughout the fine arts exhibition. Also daily featured artists and artist talks. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

GIANT SING ALONG: Group karaoke. South side of Murphy Av. between Underwood and Cooper streets. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

HORSE BARN: EquiMania!: Interactive equine education with full-size skeletons, anatomy models, tail-braiding and stations detailing horse behavior and rider safety. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Al-Bahira Dance Theater: Festival of Nations Demonstration Stage. Noon, 1:30, 3 & 4:30 p.m.; Native Pride Dancers: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.

LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Ecumenical Prayer Service: 9:15 a.m.

LASER ENCORE’S LASER HITZ SHOW: High-powered aerial laser beams dance above fair guests while colorful images light up a gigantic screen — all choreographed to your favorite hit music. At the intersection of Randall Av. and Cosgrove St. 9:15 p.m.

LITTLE FARM HANDS: A hands-on agricultural education exhibit for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

OLD IRON SHOW: Reminiscent of the old Machinery Hill, rare and fully operational antique farm equipment is displayed and demonstrated. Near Little Farm Hands on Lee Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

NORTHWOODS: All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash: 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m.; Timberworks Lumberjack Show: 3, 5:30 & 7 p.m.

RAMBERG MUSIC CAFE: Relax & Recharge Station: Free water, phone charging and more. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: History On-A-Schtick: 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Kristoffer Olson: 6 p.m.

SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Baa Booth: An educational exhibit featuring sheep displays and hands-on activities. Inside the Sheep Barn at the south end. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

SPIRIT OF AVIATION: Learn about the Experimental Aircraft Association through a 360-degree virtual reality video experience. Build a foam glider, flight simulation and more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

STAR TRIBUNE STAGE: Trivia Mafia: Trivia pulled from the Star Tribune headlines. 11 a.m.; Lip Balm Revue with James Lileks: Games, special guests and lip balm giveaways with the columnist. 3 p.m.

SWINE BARN: Oink Booth: A glimpse into the world of pig farming. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Pig Tales: A narrated talk and Q&A about pigs. 11 a.m.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: Participate in studies by a variety of university departments, talk with researchers and learn about their fascinating work. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

VISITORS PLAZA: Fairborne and Fairchild Appearance: Free photo opportunities and autograph sessions with our lovable State Fair mascots. 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

WALKING HISTORY TOUR: A free, self-guided tour revealing State Fair history with three new stops. Pick up a brochure at any of the 12 stops on the fairgrounds.

WEST END MARKET: History & Heritage Center: Showcases the competition, entertainment, agriculture, food, merchandise, rides & games and Minnesota industry that have been the heart of the fair for a century and a half. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: 4-H Livestock Demonstrations: Barn stage, inside Cattle Barn. 8 a.m.; Moo Booth: 4-H Livestock Demonstrations: Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 9 & 10:30 a.m.; Moo Booth: Milking Demonstrations: Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.

CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Gobble Up Turkey Cooking Demonstration: 3 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota: Demonstrations of loom and hand weaving, spinning and wool carding. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Patisserie 46: Putting the “French” in Pastry: 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 & 3 p.m.

DAN PATCH PARK: French Meadow & Larry Schultz Farms, Truce Juice & Big River Farms via Shared Ground Cooperative: Featured recipes: Quiche Lorraine with Potato Crust; Pesto Zucchini Noodles. 10 a.m.; At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe & Yker Acres, Young Joni & Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm: Featured recipes: chorizo biscuits and gravy; summer vegetable and herb panzanella. 11 a.m.; River Rock Kitchen & Bakery & Ben Penner Farms, Birchwood Cafe & Hmong American Farmers Association: Featured recipes: Ben’s Organic Brown Bread; heirloom tomato & sweet corn BLT. Noon; A.T. The Black and White & Bakers’ Acres, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery & Driftless Fish: Featured recipes: fall harvest salad with pan-roasted chicken; Pan Fried Trout with Lemon Beurre Blanc. 1 p.m.; Tillie’s Farmhouse & Countryside Orchard, Breaking Bread & Urban Ag: Featured recipes: Hasselback sweet potato from Tillie’s; collard wraps with garden pesto. 2 p.m.; Jules’ Bistro & Stony Creek Dairy, Bar Brigade & Thousand Hills Cattle Company: Featured recipes: Jules’ Dill Pickle Soup; grilled hanger steaks with Swiss chard. 3 p.m.

DNR PARK: Raptor Displays and Flying Demonstrations: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.

ECO EXPERIENCE/PROGRESS CENTER: ReUSE Minnesota Demonstrations: 10 a.m., 12:30, 3 & 5:30 p.m.; Renewing the Countryside Cooking Demonstrations: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.

EDUCATION BUILDING: FIRST Robotics Demonstrations: High school FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics teams showcase the inner workings of their constructed robots as they navigate through various tasks. 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.

PET PAVILIONS: Sports You Can Do With Your Dog: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation: 7 p.m.

THE X-ZONE: 3rd Lair SkatePark: High-flying BMX bike and skateboarding demonstrations. Noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30 & 6 p.m.


4-H BUILDING: 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 6 p.m.

AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Minnesota Gladiolus Society State Fair Gladiolus Show: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Make It Better With Butter Contest: Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 10 a.m.

COMPEER ARENA: 4-H Dairy Showcase Awards: 10:30 a.m.; Minnesota State Fair Horse Show: Miniature Halter: 2 p.m.

SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: 4-H Poultry Prince & Princess Scholarship Contest Final Round and Awards Program: 10:30 a.m.; Sheep Open Class: Dress A Sheep Contest: 10:30 a.m.

WARNER COLISEUM: Minnesota State Fair Horse Show: Draft Horse Halter: 8 a.m.; 4-H Minnesota Meat Grilling Contest: 9 & 10:30 a.m.; Minnesota State Fair Horse Show: Miniature Driving, Draft Horse Team: 9:30 a.m.; Minnesota State Fair Horse Show: Draft Horse Barrel Racing: 3 p.m.; Minnesota State Fair Horse Show: Draft Horse Hitch, Miniature Driving: 6:30 p.m.


CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Booth: Hand Milking: Find out if you have what it takes to milk a cow. Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Talk to the Animals Show: Learn about, see and meet some of your favorite farm animals. Moo Stage, outside Cattle Barn. 12:20 p.m.

CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Meet the Animals: Q&A with FFA members and their animals. 10 a.m.

HORSE BARN: Aisle of Breeds: A showcase of different breeds and types of horses. Meet the horses and owners and get answers to equine questions. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

PET PAVILIONS: A 6,600-square-foot open-air pavilion just west of the former Pet Center will house purebred dog breed booths and the Pet Surgery Suite, where Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association members perform spay and neuter surgeries. A nearby structure will feature merchants selling pet-centric treats and accessories. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Meet the Dog Breeds: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Greyhound Pets of Minnesota: 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 & 5 p.m.; Pet Surgery: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Rhonda Meath & Her German shepherds: 6 p.m.


AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: The Common Table: Minnesota Eats: Interactive exhibit inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat. Featuring various garden types including an aquaponics system, more than 200 edible plants, an interactive foodscape and waste reduction kitchen as well as dirt and compost displays, all informed by members of the local food community. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Garden Kaleidoscopes: Peer into distinctive garden kaleidoscopes and see gorgeous flowers transform into mesmerizing images of color and movement. These three unique metal sculptures and spinning flower bowls are created by artist Robert C. Anderson of Sturgeon Bay, Wis. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild: Beer education presentations. Sip on a variety of rotating beer flights from more than 80 of the state’s breweries and brew pubs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Learn what you need to know to sell your canned pickles or salsa, pick up a free packet of flower seeds, snap a photo with a beekeeper and meet a farmer. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Minnesota State Floral Association’s “Floralpalooza Celebrates the Seasons!:” Local florist members present floralscapes that depict the dramatic mood swings of Minnesota seasons. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences: Discover how the university tackles local and global challenges through interactive displays, hands-on activities and advice from master gardeners. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Water Conservation Practices for Irrigating Your Lawn: Meet University of Minnesota turfgrass science experts to learn about water conservation practices for your lawn. Discover the benefits of auditing your irrigation system, planting drought-tolerant turfgrasses, utilizing smart controllers, rain sensors, soil moisture sensors and much more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Aquaponics Workshop: 10 a.m.; Managing Tomato Disease: 10 a.m.; Ask the Apple Grower: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Cider Maker: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Minnesota Grape Growers Association: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Looking Inside the Hive: 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Cooking with Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Growing Apples in Minnesota: 11 a.m.; Straw Bale Solutions: Noon; Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Talks: Noon, 3 & 6 p.m.; Beekeeper’s Corner: Mini-Classes for Beekeepers: 3, 3:15, 3:30 & 3:45 p.m.; Crop Art Demonstrations by Linda Paulsen: 1-5 p.m.; Hydroponic Gardening the Very Easy Way: 1 & 4 p.m.; Gardening After Surgery: 2 p.m.; How to Arrange Gladiolus: 3 p.m.; Native Bees: 5 p.m.; Vermicompost Workshop: 6 p.m.

CHS MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: FFA Landscape Design & Construction Displays: For this year’s theme, “Garden for Pollinators,” teams create a display that incorporates any plant material that will tolerate and thrive in an area with sun or shade. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Home to the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer. The featured exhibits are a to-scale miniature room by Minnesota Miniature Guild and “Tinkertoy Midway,” a display made of thousands of Tinkertoys. The brand-new Cambria Kitchen makes its decked-out debut, featuring demonstrations from a high-profile chef and local culinary organizations. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; American Sewing Guild: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Quilts for Kids: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Recipe Card Roundup: Each day different blue-ribbon winning recipe cards will be given away. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 4-5 p.m.

DNR PARK: Bees, Pollination and You: 3 p.m.

ECO EXPERIENCE/PROGRESS CENTER: Eco Experience: The latest in easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos, healthy cooking, innovations in green technology and transportation, the 15-foot talking Paul Bunyan and more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Clothing Pollution is a Thing: How Upcycling and Eco-Fashion Can Help: 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Community Gardening: Noon; Minnesota and German Cities Working Together: 2 & 5 p.m.

MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Discover the Many Flavors of Minnesota Hybrids, Featuring Frontenac: 3:30 p.m.