Minnesota State Fair
Monday marked the fifth day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Monday was also State Patrol Day and the patrol had a number of special exhibits for people to explore.
A visit from the Governor and more….click the link above to listen back to Monday highlights from Dave Lee at the Fair.
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.
Most in Minnesota are excited for the State Fair, and all the fun and food that go along with it. Everyone indulges a little at fair; some indulge a little more. But knowledge is power, so we turned to experts with the YMCA to find out what’s in some of your favorite fair foods, and what you would have to do to work it off.
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.
The Minnesota Fair marks the unofficial kick-off of the fall election campaigns. Both Governor Mark Dayton and his Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, are making their case in person with fair goers.
On Sunday, the WCCO team, and fans, put up with the heat and rain during the newscasts. As always, our reporters explored the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
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.
It’s not just what bacon and what muffin you’re going to use for your breakfast sandwich. The uniform choice and the building design also matter. Blue Barn is the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Group, says they’ve been trying to get into the fair for almost a decade. She tried to get in last year, but Mancini’s ended up winning the old Pizza Palace.
It appears all is running well on this first Saturday of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. Spokesperson Brianna Schutte told WCCO’s Steve Thompson that she’s pleased, especially with the new transit hub location. Schutte says it’s making it even easier for fairgoers to get into, and out of the fair.
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.
On Friday, we held a contest at the WCCO fair booth with the help of Sun County Airlines. We played “Destination Pictionary,” and an audience member won free plane tickets.
The Minnesota State Fair may be for many a time to gorge on deep fried foods, or to check out the latest farm equipment, or to take a sip on one of the thrilling Mighty Midway rights. But it’s also a good time to get exposure to environmental issues affecting Minnesota.
Click the link above to hear this year’s episode of Dave Lee’s favorite Radio Drama: Minnesota Hospital
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.
Labor Day marks the end of summer. How will you celebrate?
We all have our favorite ways of getting to the Great Minnesota Get-Together Terri Reinartz and her family are among the one third of fairgoers who choose mass transit. “We’ve done it last several years, probably the last half dozen years,” Reinartz said.
Never one to disappoint, the Minnesota State Fair rolled out 28 new foods for its 2014 run. While this is less than some years, it is still quite a number to tackle. So, for those looking to try the only ones that are worth their buck, and worth the walk to get there, here are my top picks for the best new foods at the Minnesota State Fair.
Political candidates foraging for fall votes are settling in at the Minnesota State Fair. With more than 1.7 million people expected to roam the grounds during the 12-day run, candidates for governor, senator and other offices are shaking hands and spreading their messages.
The Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Supreme Court is pushing back against the party’s attempts to keep her away from its State Fair booth. Michelle MacDonald showed up at the booth on the fair’s first day Thursday and was asked several times to leave.
Some of the highlights of an action packed Thursday…Thanks Mother Nature! Click the link above to listen back.
Many fairgoers approach the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” with precision and a highly organized routine. Having a plan is comforting to many because it’s psychologically soothing.
A University of Minnesota student from Norwood-Young America is the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Nineteen-year-old Jeni Haler was crowned Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Her first official duty will be to sit for nearly six hours on the opening day of the State Fair on Thursday to have her likeness sculpted from a 90-pound block of butter.
The dress rehearsals and the finishing touches were being taken care of Wednesday night, because Thursday morning it’s back to business at the Minnesota State Fair. Bill Mayfield and his crew from Indiana spent the day pumping out taffy on a machine that’s nearly as old as the Fair itself. He’s working his 7th State Fair this year for Sutter’s Taffy.
A major Twin Cities restaurant group is raising the minimum wage for some of its employees higher than the new state law requires. The Blue Plate Restaurant Company owns eight popular spots, and will open a new restaurant at the State Fair Thursday. Starting Sept. 1, Blue Plate’s non-tip workers will earn $9.69 an hour.