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.
Police say last Friday, on a day when 145,000 people entered the gates of the Minnesota State Fair, a small group of armed robbers was among them. State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer calls it a bold crime, considering the huge police presence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With deep fried battered foods galore, you’d think the state fair would be a nightmare for people who can’t have gluten.
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.
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.
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.
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 was another cool but gorgeously clear day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and there was no shortage of activities for all of us at WCCO-TV to investigate.
A record number of people came to the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday. The fair reported that 133,595 people came through the gates on Tuesday. The previous Tuesday record was 129,423, which happened in 2009.
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.
Food reigns supreme at the Minnesota State Fair, but a lot of it isn’t from Minnesota. The popular Pronto Pup, for instance, isn’t even from the Midwest.
The seventh day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together started off cool and blossomed into a comfortable, sunny day.
Katy Gerdes won $10,000 in the “Donut Showdown” competition, which pitted her against some very talented bakers from across the country. WCCO’s Dave Lee talked with her about the contest, which aired on the Cooking Channel, and the crazy concoctions they had to make.
Most of the things to do at the Minnesota State Fair are fun and entertaining, but there are other features that aim to teach you a lesson. Nina Moini visited an interactive exhibit that serves as a wakeup call for Minnesotans about the dangers of distracted driving.
Artist Tristan Kyrsta of Ham Lake had never before crafted a sculpture of junk pulled from Minnesota waterways. But she readily accepted the challenge of turning trash into treasure, drawing from experiences when she was a little girl.
A popular attraction is celebrating a milestone at this year’s Great Minnesota Get Together. The Sky Ride is turning 50 years old.
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.
The Minnesota State Fair is all about showcasing the biggest and best from around Minnesota. And if you can think of a category to be judged, there’s likely a blue ribbon for it at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
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.