FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — Day 8 at the Minnesota State Fair started with a dose of rain, but that didn’t keep the WCCO Morning Show team from remaining in the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Jason DeRusha took to the barns on Thursday morning, to check up on how the farm kids are handling the heat in the dorms.

As it was clear in the cow barn, they’re all in it to win it. It takes a lot of work to get their animals ready for competition.

It isn’t only kids bringing their animals to the fair. At least one WCCO photojournalist is, as well. Garrett Young won blue ribbons for his chickens, who both bear unusual names.

It was Jamie Yuccas’s turn to tell everyone what she loves at the fair. Her favorite attraction: the stomach-churning Tilt-O-Whirl.

What better to put into a freshly unsettled tummy than a big, heaping basket of cheese curds — Jamie’s favorite State Fair food.

In case you missed it, Grumpy Cat was at WCCO on Wednesday, and as it turned out, she won the big prize at the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Grandstand later that night. Jason comments on this year’s winners.


This year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, WCCO-TV is once again putting your meteorology skills to the test.

This year’s theme is all about weather and our amazing weather team.

Fairgoers will have a chance to “become” a meteorologist for a day – putting their skills to the test to report the weather as a fair forecaster in front of a large, touch-screen TV, incorporated with special effects.

In addition to testing your meteorology skills, fairgoers will have the opportunity to experiment with the Chroma Key, a special effects green screen used during weather forecasts.

Are you apart of our Weather Watcher Network? Come to the WCCO-TV Fair Forecaster booth to get the latest weather updates and try out the Weather Watcher Network program our meteorologists use on-air.

We’ll also be giving away free “Weather is Our Nature” bags to every guest that visits our WCCO-TV Fair Forecaster booth during the designated bag giveaway times – 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Outside of the WCCO-TV booth, fairgoers will have the opportunity to check out WCCO’s Mobile Weather Watcher, a state-of-the-art weather-tracking machine.

And as always, your favorite WCCO anchors and reporters will be on hand to take photos with fans and fair guests during several daily photograph sessions.

And be sure to get a good seat to watch the LIVE broadcasts – at noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The WCCO-TV booth is at the corner of Carnes Ave. and Nelson St.

We can’t wait for you to join us at the fair!


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