The Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday for its annual 12-day run through Labor Day, Sept. 7. While its roots go back to 1855, this will be the fair’s 130th anniversary on its current site in Falcon Heights. The fair’s oldest attraction, the Ye Old Mill water ride, turns 100 this year. Here are things to know for the 2015 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together:
It is the day many Minnesota foodies have been waiting for: The Minnesota State Fair just announced all the delicious new food for this year’s fair. The fair released the list Tuesday that features 40 new foods and 11 new frozen treats.
The Minnesota State Fair is about two months away, and officials said Tuesday their employment center is open and taking applications for those looking for work. The State Fair starts Thursday, Aug. 27, and runs through Labor Day in Falcon Heights.
The idea Wednesday morning was for the Minnesota Vikings to build a playground like they do every year — this time in Falcon Heights. Vikings employees were able to join with volunteers and start in on construction, and they made progress. But the team never got to join because the skies opened.
Minnesota State Fair officials say two people are now arrested in connection with the armed robbery where suspects took more than $10,000 from a fair exhibit. The robbery occurred on Friday, Aug. 29 at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild exhibit at the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
The Minnesota State Fair has finished with an all-time attendance record within reach. Officials will weigh fairgoers’ tickets on Tuesday to determine the total attendance for the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together.
After a month of speculation around Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins, a trade sending Love to Cleveland was completed over the weekend. In return, the Timberwolves got Wiggins, this year’s No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, and Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 overall pick. The Timberwolves also worked out a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire Thaddeus Young, who will be the team’s new power forward in Love’s place.
The Miracle of Birth Center is one of the most popular attractions at the State Fair. Along with the baby animals, you can check out a new element to the center this year.
You may not think of the state fairgrounds as a “Great Minnesota Ghost Together,” but at a place with so much history, it’s not surprising to hear there are ghost stories aplenty.
The Minnesota State Fair begins a week from Thursday, but there is already plenty of activity at the historic fairgrounds. Dozens of carpenters, landscapers, traveling ride operators and maintenance crew are all pushing deadlines to have things ready to go in seven days.
Time is running out for entering the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest auditions. Registration closes at 4 p.m. on July 28.
If you’re a cheese enthusiast, you’ll want to head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this weekend. The Minnesota Cheese Festival is this weekend and it offers a ton of tasty varieties from several local vendors.
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.