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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Today, the seventh day of the fair, is Read & Ride at the Minnesota State Fair. Celebrate with your public library— stage shows and family fun at Carousel Par

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Today is Seniors, Kids Day & Minnesota State Patrol Day at the Minnesota State Fair. The State Patrol will show their helicopter, vintage squad cars, rollover simulator and more at the Expo Place. All-day discounts are offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides, games and concessions.

08/31/2015

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

Today, the fourth day of the fair, is Minnesota Cooks Day at the Minnesota State Fair. See culinary demonstrations by Kirsten Shabaz of Valley Natural Foods, Paul Lynch of FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Larry & Colleen Wolner of Blue Heron Coffeehouse, and many more at Carousel Park all day.

08/30/2015

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

Today, the third day of the fair, is 4-H Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit the barns and animal competition areas to celebrate 4-H, and check out all the displays and performances as well. Another fun […]

08/29/2015

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

The second day of the Minnesota State Fair is Governor’s Fire Prevention Day. There will be several fire education activities, including a Fire Explorer Challenge at Carousel Park, where young men and women will compete in events related to firefighting and lifesaving. Early Bird Specials will be available till 1 p.m. on the Mighty Midway and Kidway games and rides.

08/28/2015

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Today, the first day of the fair, is Thrifty Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair. Admission prices are reduced all day, and many merchandise and food vendors offer special Thrifty Thursday bargains for all fair guests.

08/27/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Opens Annual 12-Day Run Thursday

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:

08/25/2015

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Meghan Trainor Cancels MN State Fair Performance Due To Vocal Hemorrhage

Pop artist Meghan Trainor’s lips won’t be movin’ at the Great Minnesota Get Together later this month. The pop artist canceled the remainder of her tour, including the Sept. 1 performance at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand due to medical concerns.

08/11/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Puts Partial Ban On Selfie Sticks

If you plan to pack your selfie stick when you head to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, make sure you know the rules.

07/30/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Talent Show Registration Closes July 27

Time is running out for those who want to show off their talents at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. The deadline to register for auditions for the fair’s amateur talent contest is July 27 at 4 p.m.

07/18/2015

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Last Grandstand Headliner Confirmed: The Avett Brothers

State Fair officials have released details on the final band confirmed to play an evening grandstand set during this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together.

07/07/2015

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Def Leppard, Styx & Alan Jackson To Play The Grandstand

Although it’s January, it’s time to start planning this year’s visit to the State Fair. On Tuesday, the State Fair announced more Grandstand acts that will play at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

01/27/2015

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Country Star Carrie Underwood Coming To 2015 State Fair

We’re more than eight months away from the next Minnesota State Fair, but one of the biggest names in country music will be at next year’s “Great Minnesota Get-Together.”

12/08/2014

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A Fair For All: Accessibility On The Fairgrounds

After travelling a single block at the Minnesota State Fair, it’s clear “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” is a gathering meant for all. Brienna Schuette, the Minnesota State Fair’s marketing and communication director, says they make changes every year to insure increased accessibility.

08/31/2014

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State Fair Like A Family Reunion For Grandstand Sellers

One of the prime State Fair destinations for shoppers and vendors is the Grandstand. It’s where some have made selling wares a lifelong event. Billy Newcomb has been selling kitchen gadgets for 30 years at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.

08/22/2014

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Comic Book Celebration At Minnesota Fairgrounds

Comic book fans are expected to fill the Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this weekend. The Midwest Comic Book Association is holding its 2014 SpringCon on Saturday and Sunday.

05/17/2014

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State Fair Grandstand Evacuated, Macklemore Concert Postponed Due To Weather

The Minnesota State Fair Grandstand was evacuated Saturday night because of weather concerns. According to State Fair spokeswoman Brianna Schulte, the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert will be postponed until 9:15 p.m. Concert goers were temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.

08/31/2013

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Trinkets You Can’t Live Without At The Grandstand

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.

08/29/2013

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Fair-Goers Share Heat-Beating Tips

Tuesday was the steamiest day at the State Fair yet, so we sent meteorologist Lauren Casey out to find the best places and ways to cool down on the fairgrounds.

08/27/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best New State Fair Food: Deep-Fried Olives

The hit of this year’s fair has been a long time in the making, according to Carol and Fred Helmer. “We’ve been in the concession business for over 30 years and it’s always been our dream to get into the Minnesota State Fair,” Carol said. It took the Helmers 14 years of applying before finally getting admitted into the fair in 2007. So to see their olives turn into such a hit meant the world.

08/26/2013

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Good Question: Reply All: State Fair History

There’s so much history to the Great Minnesota Get-Together that we thought we’d let the fairgoers ask their Good Questions. Stacey Foust wanted to know: How old is the Grandstand? Built in 1909, the Grandstand is now 104 years old. According the Minnesota State Fair archivist, the original two-decked wooden Grandstand, built in 1885, was razed after the 1908 State Fair.

08/23/2013

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Train, Under The Sun, Sammy Hagar Added To State Fair Lineup

Officials with the Minnesota State Fair announced Monday morning that three new concerts have been added to the grandstand lineup. Train with special guest Michael Franti and Spearhead will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, with tickets ranging from $37 to $47.

06/10/2013

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2 More Groups To Perform At State Fair Grandstand

This morning we’ve got a few more acts confirmed for this year’s Grandstand lineup at the Minnesota State Fair.

03/28/2013

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Wander Minnesota: The Fairgrounds In Winter

You may not realize that the Fairgrounds are open year-round, and visiting in winter gives an entirely different perspective.

01/02/2013

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Odd Finds At The Minn. State Fair

There is more to the fair than the fried foods and Midway rides. WCCO’s Matt Brickman wanted to find the odd things at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/31/2012

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