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The Best … Of The Best Of MN State Fair

All week long Matt Brickman has found out what WCCO viewers chose as the best parts of the Minnesota State Fair. From the best entertainment, to the best dessert, to the best ride — he searched all across the Great Minnesota Get-Together for the creme of the crop.

08/31/2013

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How To Eat Healthy At The State Fair

Fair food doesn’t necessarily have to be bad for you. It is possible to dine on healthy grub while at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. To check out salad-on-a-stick and other great options, check out the video report.

08/31/2013

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The 1800s Are Alive & Artisanal In Heritage Square

In Heritage Square, history meets the modern day. There, skills long forgotten are second nature to Joel Miller.

08/30/2013

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WCCO 4 At The Fair: Day 9

Friday was our last 4 p.m. show at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and we brought in Dorset’s world-famous 4-year-old mayor to the ‘CCO booth.

08/30/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 9 At The State Fair

Friday marks the beginning of the last weekend at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and the WCCO Morning Show team were getting into the spirit. Or maybe they were getting into a friendly rivalry.

08/30/2013

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Local (Wine) Tap: ‘Minn. Wine Country’

Minnesota Wine Country is enjoying its new digs — and lauding the ever-growing industry of wine – at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair.

08/29/2013

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She Dances, Loves The Fair’s Sweet Corn & Is 100 Years Old

One Minnesota State Fair fan has been enjoying the Great Get-Together for a century. That’s right — Loretta Ecklund still walks the fairgrounds at 100 years young. “I can still get up and dance,” she said, and then did.

08/29/2013

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John Williams Video Smack Down For 8-29!

Is the Winner of the CAT FILM FESTIVAL good enough to win the Smack Down?

08/29/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 8 At The State Fair

Day 8 at the Minnesota State Fair started with a dose of rain, but that didn’t keep the WCCO Morning Show team from remaining in the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/29/2013

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Sports, State Fair Make For Busy Twin Cities Day

A trifecta of major sporting events plus the Minnesota State Fair will make for a busy day in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football team are all in action at their Minneapolis stadiums on Thursday.

08/29/2013

Best Of Dogs Fair

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Free Live Act: Dog Agility Demos

When you think State Fair, you probably think farm animals. But if you find your way up to the Pet Center, dogs are the stars of the show.

08/28/2013

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WCCO 4 At The Fair: Day 7

Can you find a ‘Goin’ To The Lake’ experience at the fair? Wednesday was also Read and Ride Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. And to celebrate literacy in our state, we had a prickly little Internet celebrity stop by our fair booth.

08/28/2013

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Fewer Deliveries To The Fair As Heat Thins Crowds

Everyone knows they are supposed to stay hydrated on hot days at the State Fair, but for many it’s sometimes nice to knock back a couple of beers as well. Whether they’re kegs of beer or flats of cookies, the deliveries continue all night long.

08/28/2013

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Just $1? Really? Here’s 20-Plus Affordable State Fair Booths

When you do come out to the fair you don’t have to spend a fortune, as there are dozens of booths and vendors that have inexpensive goodies. On average a family will spend $47 per person here at the fair between the food rides and souvenirs.

08/27/2013

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Fair-Goers Share Heat-Beating Tips

Tuesday was the steamiest day at the State Fair yet, so we sent meteorologist Lauren Casey out to find the best places and ways to cool down on the fairgrounds.

08/27/2013

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Fair Vendors Hurting In Record Heat

Deep fried anything on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair sounds tasty, but in record heat?

08/27/2013

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Vietnam Vets Honored At The Minn. State Fair

It’s been 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War. For the veterans, recognition is a long time coming. Thousands of them were honored at the Minnesota State Fair Monday.

08/27/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 6 At The State Fair

It’s going to be another steamy day at the State Fair. Mike Augustyniak says he can see some signs of a comparative cool-down, but it’s still likely to feel hotter than 100 degrees out there.

08/27/2013

Honey & Bees At The Minnesota State Fair

You Can Help The Hardest Workers At The Fair…Or Anywhere

If honey bees were to disappear, the world — not to mention the State Fair — would grow to be a much bleaker place. “Apples, oranges – things like that – they’d all be gone,” said Emily Campbell, the 2013 American Honey Princess.

08/26/2013

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WCCO 4 At The Fair: Day 5

Today is Seniors, Kids, and Minnesota State Patrol Day. Some vintage State Patrol Cars are on display on West Dan Patch Avenue, and you can play to win some cool State Patrol giveaways.

08/26/2013

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WCCO This Morning: Day 5 At The State Fair

The temperatures are going to flirt with record highs on Monday. Not just for this day in history. It might be the hottest day at the State Fair ever. The current record high for a fair day, according to Mike Lynch, is 104.

08/26/2013

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How Do State Fair Workers Stay Cool In Record Heat?

If you think it’s hot enough walking around at the state fair, how about next to 600 degree ovens? Corn Roast had to shut down one of its roasters because temperatures reached 135 degrees inside the building.

08/25/2013

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Good Question: Reply All: State Fair History

There’s so much history to the Great Minnesota Get-Together that we thought we’d let the fairgoers ask their Good Questions. Stacey Foust wanted to know: How old is the Grandstand? Built in 1909, the Grandstand is now 104 years old. According the Minnesota State Fair archivist, the original two-decked wooden Grandstand, built in 1885, was razed after the 1908 State Fair.

08/23/2013

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best State Fair Ride: The Giant Slide

Your favorite ride – the Giant Slide — has become an icon over the last 45 years. It’s a tradition for many Minnesota families, but none more than the Pittroffs.

08/23/2013

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Booth At State Fair Accused Of Being Backed By ‘Hate Group’

The group “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” has gained attention at the Minnesota State Fair over accusations that it’s a hate group.

08/23/2013

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