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Wander Minnesota: The State Fair’s New West End

It’s that time of year again—time for the Minnesota State Fair. And this year, not only are there several new foods to try, there’s a completely updated space on the fairgrounds.

08/22/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 2

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.

08/22/2014

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Eco Experience Features World’s Biggest Paper Wad

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.

08/22/2014

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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

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Animal Exhibit At The State Fair

There are so many reasons to love the Minnesota State Fair. For some it’s the food, for others it’s the rides. But for many, it’s getting to see all the farm animals up close.

08/21/2014

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State Fair STEM Program’s Goal? Get The Family Interested In Science

The opening day at the fair was also STEM day – a chance for fair-goers to experience the creativity and fun that science, technology, engineering and math have to offer.

08/21/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014): Day 1

he Great Minnesota Get-Together is here at last, signaling the beginning of summer’s end and the time for Minnesotans to eat food on-a-stick, drink and be merry.

08/21/2014

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GOP Supreme Court Candidate Banned At Fair Booth

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.

08/21/2014

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At The State Fair, It Helps To Have A Game Plan

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.

08/21/2014

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Pronto Preps: Last Minute Preparations Underway At The Fair

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.

08/20/2014

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Mpls. Restaurant Group Raises Minimum Wage

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.

08/20/2014

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Don’t Want To Spend Too Much At The State Fair? Plan Ahead

The Minnesota State Fair can be an expensive outing, but with a little planning you can make a dollar stretch and still have a good time.

08/19/2014

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State Fair Ticket Prices Increase

A week from Thursday, Minnesotans will get together in the form of the Minnesota State Fair. If you are heading out, you should know it’s going to cost a little bit more this year.

08/13/2014

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West End Market Prepares For State Fair Debut

The Minnesota State Fair will be opening in three weeks, and this Thursday WCCO got a look at one of their newest features – the West End Market. The area of the fairgrounds that houses the market used be called Heritage Square.

07/31/2014

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Aretha Franklin Pumped To Try State Fair Foods

There’s something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that’s got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food. Ahead of her Thursday performance at the Ohio State Fair, the Queen of Soul says she’s looking forward to tracking down some elephant ears, a dish of fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.

07/29/2014

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Minnesota State Fair Unveils New Attractions

Fans of the Minnesota State Fair are marking their calendars, as the event is just over a month away. And this year will bring with it plenty of new attractions to check out.

07/18/2014

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Frozen Fruit Bar Entrepreneurs Working To Bring Attention To Drug Addiction

An idea that started in a college dorm room has grown into a fruitful business for three recent college graduates. JonnyPops frozen fruit bars are made in St. Louis Park, and they will make their debut as one of the new State Fair foods later this summer.

07/07/2014

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Local Music Tap: State Fair’s Free Music Lineup Announced

The Minnesota State Fair announced its free entertainment lineup Tuesday – featuring more than 900 shows for the price of walking through the fair gates. Here’s a little taste of what to expect: Leinie Lodge […]

05/20/2014

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Tim McGraw Coming Back To Minnesota State Fair

Tim McGraw will be returning to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand with special guest Ryan Kinder on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30. Tickets are $71 and $56 (all reserved seating) and go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 12.

04/07/2014

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Music Tap: 3 Shows Confirmed For 2014 Grandstand Concerts

It’s been one of the most miserable winters in history, so it doesn’t hurt to look ahead to the hot days of the Minnesota State Fair. Now, three shows for the 2014 Grandstand Concert Series have been announced — and one band includes a recent Academy Award winner.

03/04/2014

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State Fair Admission Up $1 For 2014

The cost to get into the Minnesota State Fair this summer will be an extra buck. According to the fair’s website, the general admission cost for adults this year will be $13. The last time general admission prices went up was in 2011.

02/05/2014

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State Fair Unveils $15M Plans For Heritage Square Replacement

Minnesota State Fair officials have unveiled a $15 million project to replace its aging Heritage Square attraction. General Manager Jerry Hammer says it will be called “West End Market” and will open for the next year’s fair.

10/30/2013

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New Labor Day Attendance Record At State Fair

For the second day in a row, record crowds turned up at the Minnesota State Fair, giving the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” a much needed boost after excessive heat kept many people away. Officials reported Monday’s attendance at 164,277 people.

09/03/2013

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Big Crowds As Minn. State Fair Wraps

It’s over. The great Minnesota Get Together of 2013 is history. And history was made there Sunday: 236,197 people attended.

09/02/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 12 At The State Fair

Many (if not all) members of the WCCO This Morning team were shedding a little tear Monday morning. Labor Day marks the last day of the Minnesota State Fair. The Morning Show team took a look back at their very favorite moments.

09/02/2013

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