Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is always a popular place to spend Labor Day weekend. But this last weekend was one for the record books. More than quarter million people came through the gates on Saturday, setting a one day all-time record.
Labor Day Podcast…..Click the link above to listen back to some of the high lights!
So many were at the Minnesota State Fair this year taking in all the sights and food that the fair is on track to break the standing record for overall yearly attendance. Already a record-breaking single-day crowd went there Saturday, with more than 252,000 people walking through the gates.
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.
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.
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.
For the second time this year, the Minnesota State Fair has broken a record for daily attendance. According to recently released figures, 252,092 entered the gates at the fair on Saturday, which breaks the previous record for the 10th day.
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.
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.
Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.
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.
Pronto Pup versus corn dog? White milk versus chocolate? Those are just a few of the things you wanted to know about this week.
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.
For most visitors at the State Fair, cheese curds are one of the absolute must-eat foods. Turning out 2.6 million curds takes a great staff to keep up with demand. For 40 years the original deep fried cheese curd has served up a state fair favorite.
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.
The temperatures have been lower and the crowds bigger at “the Great Minnesota Get-Together,” at least for the last few days. The Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record Tuesday and fell a few thousand short of another record on Wednesday.
Billed as “Melvin the Wacky Wheeler,” Summerbell has been performing in the Minnesota State Fair’s daily parade for a decade.
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.
Friday is MPR Day at the State Fair. There will be live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park. Fairgoers will enjoy early bird specials until 1 p.m. at the Midway and Kidway.
The WCCO Morning News From The Fair: Click the link above to listen back to highlights.