Great Minnesota Get-Together
The Minnesota Department of Commerce says this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together was a huge success for consumers finding missing money. On Unclaimed Property Day, $71,000 was found for fairgoers in one day and 10 times the amount — $715,000 – was found over the entirety of the fair.
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.
The end of the State Fair marks the start of a big celebration for one of its most popular attractions. The Ye Old Mill was built in 1913, but rides didn’t start until 1915. That makes next year its centennial celebration.
Part of the magic of the State Fair is bringing farm life to the city. On Sunday, some city folk got to pretend they were “down on the farm” at a cow impression contest.
Whether it’s an old favorite or a new treat, food is a big part of the State Fair experience. Sunday night, Heather Brown learned the secret to a Mexican favorite with a Minnesota twist, the Tejas Burrito.
Senator Al Franken is making the rounds at the Minnesota State Fair. On Sunday, he sat down with WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar, the host of News and Views, and talked about the campaign.
During the State Fair we forget about counting calories and just eat all things deep fried or on a stick. But one Twin Cities woman is taking over indulgence to the next level. Mandy Colten plans to eat every single fair food on a stick in the name of charity.
A U.S. Army Sergeant who was shot in the head, then shot again three more times, is sharing his message of forgiveness and recovery at the fair. After serving two tours in Iraq, Sergeant Patrick Zeigler was shot during the 2009 attack on Fort Hood.
Saturday is FFA Day at the State Fair. There will be livestock judging and other programs at the barns and animal competition areas. Head to Carousel Park for music and much more, courtesy of AARP.
Friday was MPR Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. MPR did live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park throughout the day. And despite the weather there were still plenty of things going on in the rain, and plenty of stories to share.
Attendance is up at the Minnesota State Fair and so is mobile data usage. Karen Smith, spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless says the increase in usage can be linked to the fact that we are sharing everything. She feels that people are using their phones more and more to not only navigate the fair, but also to share their fair experience.
Thursday was Senior Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. And in addition to getting $5 off admission, there were early bird specials on rides and early bird activities like the state’s largest stretch and stroll. Once again, WCCO reporters found a plethora of activities to check out.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he regrets a video in which he’s shown holding two traffic cones to his chest like breasts.
The video was recorded at a 2012 fundraiser and first surfaced this spring Republican officials brought it up again this week a few days after GOP congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn came under attack for old blog writings targeting women, American Indians, gays and others.
Thursday is Seniors Day at the State Fair. So, if you’re 65 or older, admission is only $8. The day also features the state’s largest senior stretch and stroll, as well as early bird specials until 1 p.m. at the Midway and Kidway
Wednesday is Read and Ride Day at the State Fair, and that means admission is only $11 if you have a public library card. That’s $2 off regular admission.