For the second day in a row, record crowds turned up at the Minnesota State Fair, giving the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” a much needed boost after excessive heat kept many people away. Officials reported Monday’s attendance at 164,277 people.
It’s over. The great Minnesota Get Together of 2013 is history. And history was made there Sunday: 236,197 people attended.
And with the arrival of cooler temperatures, the big crowds have been making a late appearance. Sunday’s official attendance was 236,197. That set the record for the largest single-day attendance in the State Fair’s history.
If you’re heading to the State Fair, the grandstand is always a must stop. You’ll find hundreds of vendors selling everything from clothing, to household items, to musical instruments.
The gates to the Minnesota State Fair open every morning at 6 a.m., but competition for the agricultural kids is already well underway. It takes a lot of prep work to get into the ring. The work really never stops, it actually goes all night long.
The WCCO This Morning team got another busy day started at the Minnesota State Fair by showing us what goes on behind the scenes when we go home and go to bed.
While we’re experiencing daily heat indexes of well over 100 degrees, one booth at the State Fair has hockey on its mind and relaying that to all of its customers. Kids are getting into hockey skates, practicing their strides and gliding on a surface that looks as if it’s ice.
The hot and humid conditions, at least so far, aren’t keeping people from going to the Minnesota State Fair. Officials released attendance numbers for the first three days and so far, the numbers are all up from the same days last year.
It is one of the most buzzed-about new foods at the Minnesota State Fair in 2013: mini-donut batter crunch ice cream. And you’ll find it at one of the oldest places on the fairgrounds.
Launching one new food at the Minnesota State Fair can be risky, but launching two new foods in one year? That’s what O’Gara’s At the Fair is doing in 2013. Deep fried bread pudding is one of O’Gara’s two new items.
If you think it’s hot enough walking around at the state fair, how about next to 600 degree ovens? Corn Roast had to shut down one of its roasters because temperatures reached 135 degrees inside the building.
A 20-year-old college student from northwestern Minnesota has been crowned the 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Polk County representative MarJenna McWilliam of Winger was crowned Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. She’ll serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 4,000 Minnesota dairy farmers for the next year.
One of the top attractions at the Minnesota State Fair has undergone a major facelift. The indoor fish exhibit at the Department of Natural Resources building has been completely redone.
For the first time in 55 years, there will be no Pizza Palace at the Minnesota State Fair. But as one family-owned business closes, a new one is moving in. The legendary Mancini’s from St. Paul will have a spot at the State Fairgrounds this year, serving up their steak amongst several popular items.
The Minnesota State Fair officially starts Thursday, but many vendors are already on the fairgrounds setting up their stands and a big competition is underway. Judging for all the baked goods at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” started over the weekend.