Read and Ride Day
Dan Patch Park: A celebration of readers of all ages with activities, performances and author appearances. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Present a valid public library card for discount admission (one discount per card): adults (13-64) $12; seniors (65+) & kids (5-12) $9.
GRANDTAND: Pentatonix: With Us the Duo. 8 p.m.
DNR PARK: Bitter Ridge: 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: The Bavarian Musikmeisters: 10:45 a.m., noon & 1:15 p.m.; the Good, the Bad and the Funky: 8 p.m.
LEINIE LODGE BANDSHELL: Alpensterne: 10:30 & 11:45 a.m.; Redhead Express: 1 & 2:30 p.m.; the Nightowls: 3:30 & 4:45 p.m.; Tanya Tucker: 8:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Mike Salovich and Marcus Wise: 6:30 p.m.
RAMBERG SENIOR CENTER: Bob Berner’s Music Legends: 10:30, 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Jim Shannon Trio: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: 451st Army Band: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.; Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra: 3, 4 & 5 p.m.; Romantica: 8 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H Share-the-Fun Showcase: 6:30 p.m.; 4-H Fashion Revue Show: 6:30 p.m.
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Pollinator Puppet Show: 11 a.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Stage: Moo Sample Station: Enjoy free dairy treats from local vendors 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Moo Booth: AGDAY365: 12:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Watch cows being milked and join fun activities and competitions. Hours vary; Moo Stage: Moo Sample Station: Enjoy free dairy treats from local vendors 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Moo Booth: AGDAY365: 12:30 p.m.; Moo Booth: Watch cows being milked and join fun activities and competitions. Hours vary.
Moo Booth: Moo Live: Presentations and interactive activities highlighting cows and agriculture. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Moo Booth: Moo Quiz Show. 5:30 p.m.
DNR PARK: The Minnesota outdoors are showcased and aquariums show fish in their native habitats. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Prevention Building: Learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; DNR Fire Tower: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fish Pond Talks: 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45 p.m.; Smokey Bear: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
EDUCATION BUILDING: A variety of educational exhibitors and artwork by Minnesota students. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Square Dance Federation of Minnesota: 9 & 11:30 a.m.; Tech Ed First Robotics: Demonstrations and competitions by high schools students. 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Minnesota West Coast Swing Dancers: 4 & 6:30 p.m.
FAMILY FAIR/BALDWIN PARK: Meet authors and alphabet activities. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Math On-A-Stick: A space for kids and families to explore math concepts. Go on a number scavenger hunt, play and sort with shapes, use the spiral machine, take the pentagon challenge. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Kidsdance: 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Sean Emery: 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Break-Shop Bump’n: 1:30, 4 & 6 p.m.
FINE ARTS CENTER: An annual exhibition that is the result of a juried competition. See the original 2017 State Fair Commemorative Art created by St. Paul artist Ta-coumba Aiken. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Studio: Here: Each day of the fair, a practicing Minnesota artist will create artwork and interact with fair guests. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Be a Fine Arts Detective: Find clues to discover artwork throughout the fine arts exhibition and earn a ribbon for finding all the pieces. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
FIREWORKS: West of the grandstand, following the grandstand concert sometime between 10-11 p.m.
GIANT SING ALONG: Group karaoke; south side of Murphy Av. between Underwood and Cooper Sts. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE CENTER: Showcase of the significant events, stories and traditions of the fair. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
HORSE BARN: EquiMania: Exhibits including skeletons, anatomy models and other artifacts used in caring for horses. 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
LASER HITZ SHOW: Outdoors at the intersection of Cosgrove St. and Randall Av. 9:15 p.m.
LITTLE FARM HANDS: Hands-on agricultural education exhibit for children. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
MINNESOTA NEWSPAPER MUSEUM: See how newspapers were made before the use of modern machinery. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR: Native Pride Dancers: 3:15, 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: Minnesota Oink Day: Learn about the state’s largest livestock industry — pork production. Minnesota Oink Day features interactive games and trivia contests. Minnesota Pork Ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day sharing pig tattoos and pork-industry literature. Learn more about Minnesota pig farming, and get some great pork recipes for your family. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thank a Farmer Magic Show: Noon, 4 & 6 p.m.
NORTHWOODS: All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash: 11 a.m., 2 & 4:40 p.m.; Timberworks Lumberjack Show: Noon, 3, 5:30 & 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.
PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: Companies to Classrooms Bookmaking Activities: 10 a.m.
SCHILLING AMPHITHEATER: History on-a-Schtick: 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Tommy Ryman: 6 p.m.
SHEEP BARN: Baa Booth: An educational exhibit featuring sheep displays and hands-on activities. Hours vary.
STATE FAIR MALL PARADE: The parade route begins near the Haunted House, heads north on Cosgrove Street, west on Randall Avenue and south on Underwood Street. 2 p.m.
SWINE BARN: Get a glimpse into the life of pig farming. Hours vary. Oink Booth: Pig Tales: Find out facts about pigs during this narrated talk and Q&A. 11 a.m.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DRIVEN TO DISCOVER: Meet researchers and participate in a study. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
VISITORS PLAZA: Fairchild and Fairborn Appearance: Pose with state fair mascot Fairchild and his sidekick, Fairborne. 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
WALKING HISTORY TOUR: A free self-guided tour to discover State Fair history. Brochures available throughout the fairgrounds.
THE X-ZONE: Skateboard and BMX Bike Demonstrations: 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROGRAMS
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: Ask the Cider Maker: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ask the Apple Grower: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Looking Inside the Hive: 10:30 a.m., 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.); Cooking with Honey: 11, 11:30 a.m. & noon; Ask the Grape Grower: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Harvesting Honey: 2, 4, 5 p.m.; Beekeeper’s Corner: Mini classes on beekeeping topics. 3, 3:15, 3:30 & 3:45 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Moo Stage: Moo Booth: Make It Better With Butter Contest: 10 a.m.; Hand Milking: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES AND ANNEX: Needleworkers Guild of Minnesota: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
DNR PARK: Paddleboard and Kayak Demonstrations. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; DNR K-9 Law Enforcement Unit Demonstration: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
PET CENTER: Pet Surgery: 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; Training Tips & Tricks with Rhonda Maeth. 6 p.m.; St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation: 7 p.m.
4-H BUILDING: 4-H Rube Goldberg Challenge: 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.; 4-H Chef for a Day Cook-Off: 2 p.m.
AGSTAR ARENA: 4-H Llama Costume Competition: 6 p.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Appaloosa, Paint, Pinto Quarter and Western Saddle Club Horses: 7:30 p.m.
CATTLE BARN AND ANNEX: Agrilympics: Wool Pack-O-Rama: 12:30 p.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Sheep Open Class: 8:30, 9 a.m. & noon; Poultry Open Class: Rooster Crowing Contest: 11 a.m.; Sheep Open Class: Supreme Champion Ram and Ewe: 3 p.m.
SWINE BARN: Swine Open Class: 8 & 9 a.m.; Swine Open Class: Junior Barrow Sweepstakes: 5:15 p.m.; Swine Open Class All Breed Swine Auction, Minnesota Purebred Swine Breeders: 6:10 p.m.
WARNER COLISEUM: Dairy Cattle Open Class: 9 a.m.; State Fair Horse Show: Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship: 6 p.m.
DNR PARK: Raptor Displays and Flying Demonstrations: 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.
HORSE BARN: Aisle of Breeds: Showcase of different types of horses. Meet the horses and their owners and ask questions. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER: This agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of nearly 200 animals, including calves, lambs and piglets, during the fair’s 12-day run. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Meet the Animals: Q&A with Minnesota FFA members and their animals. 10 a.m.
PET CENTER: Meet a variety of dog breeds, shop pet vendors and see demonstrations. Meet the Dog Breeds: See a variety of different canine breeds each day. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Greater Twin Cities Golden Retriever Club: 9, 10, 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 p.m.
SHEEP AND POULTRY BARN: Hop, Flop & Sniff: See a sampling of rabbit breeds and distinguish the variations of sizes, shapes, fur types, colors, tails and ears. Noon-8 p.m.
HOME AND HOBBIES
AGRICULTURE/HORTICULTURE BUILDING: State Floral Association: “A Feast of Flowers:” Local florists present floralscapes that depict a different occasion or event within our daily lives with an abundance of beautiful fresh flowers and plants. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The Common Table: Minnesota Eats: An interactive exhibit that seeks to inspire Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat, centered around six areas of action: buy local, eat local, grow food, nurture soil, promote justice and reduce waste. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Top 30 Native Plants for Your Garden: 10 a.m.; Recipe Card Roundup: 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Minnesota Grape Growers Association: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; How to Host Mason and Leaf Cutter Bees: Noon; Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. of Minnesota Standard Flower Show: Noon-9 p.m.; Bee Beard Demonstration: 1 p.m.; Straw Bale Gardening All Over This Planet: 1 p.m.; Beneficial Rain Garden Insects: 2 p.m.; Creating a Night Garden: 3 p.m.; Garden Art: Let the Budding Artist Flower Out of You: 4 p.m.; State Florist Association Professional Designer of the Year Finals: 6 p.m.; State Florist Association Professional Designer of the Year Finals Results: 7:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA WINE COUNTRY: Minnesota Wine and Food on a Stick: 3:30 p.m.
PROGRESS CENTER/ECO EXPERIENCE: An educational exhibit with information and activities by local health and environmental organizations. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Water Connections: 10 a.m.; Planting Your Grandchildren’s Grandchildren’s Trees: Noon; Taking the Natural Step to Sustainability: 2 p.m.; Can We Overcome Our Consumption Addiction?: 4 p.m.