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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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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Monday is Kids & Last Chance Day at the Minnesota State Fair. There will be discounts in the Mighty Midway & Kidway all day to help people get the most out of the last day at the fair. There will also be special last chance bargains throughout the faigrounds.

09/01/2014

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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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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Sunday is Minnesota History Day at the Minnesota State Fair. There will be entertainment, trivia, crafts and more activates that celebrate Minnesota History at Carousel Park.

08/30/2014

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Check out the Salute to Military Kids parade at 11:30 a.m. along with entertainment in Carousel Park. Displays by military support organizations will be at Promo Place. Also be sure to check out early bird specials until 1 p.m. at the Mighty Midway & Kidway.

08/26/2014

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Monday is Seniors, Kids and Minnesota State Patrol Day at the Minnesota State Fair. The State Patrol will have vehicles and safety activities at Promo Place. Also keep an eye out for Mighty Midway and Kidway discounts all day.

08/25/2014

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Sunday is Minnesota Cooks Day at the Minnesota State Fair. So, see culinary demonstrations in Carousel Park. Also, visit the animals early, because the Cattle, Sheep, Poultry and Swine Barns close at 3 p.m.

08/24/2014

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Daily Guide To The State Fair: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Saturday is 4-H Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit the barns and animal competition areas to celebrate 4-H. See displays and performances in the 4-H building.

08/23/2014

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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

Comic Con

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

Former Van Halen member Sammy Hagar is a republican, and contributed thousands of dollars to George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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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High Schoolers Saddle Up At The Fair

There is a fairly large rodeo community here in Minnesota. And on Friday, high schoolers showed off their skills and even let me try it out. They make all the riding and roping look easy, but rodeo is a skill that takes years of practice.

08/31/2012

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Kiss Plays State Fair To Generations Of Rock Fans

The rock band KISS, which was slated to play the State Fair’s Grandstand Wednesday night, has been around since the early 1970s.

08/29/2012

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Good Question: Are State Fair Big Ticket Items A Good Deal?

Most of us save up to buy a second order of cheese curds at the Minnesota State Fair. But dropping thousands of dollars on a hot tub or fireplace, windows or even a truck? Are big-ticket items really a good deal at the fair?

08/27/2012

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The Craziest Things To Buy At The MN State Fair

Inside the Grandstand, there really is something for everyone. For the seamstress in the family — the new side threading needle from Spiral Eye Needles is an easy sell.

08/27/2012

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Blake Shelton, Demi Lovato To Perform At State Fair

A few more acts have been announced for this year’s Great Minnesota Get Together, officials with the Minnesota State Fair have announced.

06/12/2012

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