SPECIAL DAYS & EVENTS

The following is a sampling of special days and events happening at the Minnesota State Fair. Use the Fun Finder or daily schedules for a complete list of everything to do at this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together! Information subject to change.

Thursday, Aug. 24 • Thrifty Thursday

Today's Deals: Reduced admission at the gate - Adults (13-64) $12; Kids (5-12) $9. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Thrifty Thursday bargains for all fair guests.

STEM Day at Dan Patch Park: The Land of 10,000 Lakes is home to incomparable opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics! Fair guests get an up-close look in intriguing, interactive adventures brought to the fair by 30+ organizations in the Minnesota STEM Network, an initiative of SciMathMN.

Friday, Aug. 25 • Governor's Fire Prevention Day

Today's Deals: Early Bird specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.

Around the fairgrounds: The 19th annual fun-filled, action-packed Governor's Fire Prevention Day is the largest fire-prevention education event in the world. Opportunities for families include learning about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, proper use of a fire extinguisher, how to prepare for an emergency, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment.

Saturday, Aug. 26 • 4-H Day

Prep45 Day with 1500 ESPN Twin Cities and KS95 at Dan Patch Park: Today celebrates the spirit of the student-athlete with games, activities and interactive booths for the entire family, presented by 45TV, the exclusive home of the Minnesota State High School League tournaments.

Sunday, Aug. 27 • Minnesota CooksTM Day

Minnesota CooksTM Day at Dan Patch Park: Through cooking demonstrations and lively discussions with chefs, cooks, farmers and celebrities, the 15th annual Minnesota CooksTM Day highlights foods produced in Minnesota and explores the critical role that local family farmers and sustainable agriculture have within our state’s food system.

Monday, Aug. 28 • Seniors, Kids & MN State Patrol Day

Today's Deal: Reduced admission at the gate - Seniors (65+) and Kids (5-12) $9. Special ride & game promotions are offered at Mighty Midway and Kidway all day. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Seniors & Kids Day bargains for all fair guests.

Minnesota State Patrol Day at Expo Place: The Minnesota State Patrol shows off an array of tools it uses to keep our roadways safe. Demonstrations take place throughout the day!

Tuesday, Aug. 29 • Military Appreciation Day

Today's Deals: Reduced admission at the gate - All Ages $9. Must present valid documentation of military service to receive discounted admission. Discount applies to active military, spouses and kids; retired military and spouses; and military veterans and spouses.

Military Appreciation Day at Expo Place: This year, the seventh annual Military Appreciation Day at the fair highlights the 100th anniversary of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull" Band. See displays and demonstrations throughout the day.

Military Appreciation Day at Dan Patch Park: Stop by to visit with and learn about various initiatives to support military members, veterans and their families. Activities and entertainment thank service members and their families for their sacrifices.

Other Military Appreciation Day events: The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a ceremony at the Veterans Garden on the south side of the Agriculture Horticulture Building. It is followed at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony flag-raising program at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. The 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band performs at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Watch for military support organizations in the State Fair parade at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30 • Read & Ride Day

Today's Deals: Public library cardholders receive the following discounted admission ticket price when you purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (Only one discount per card is permitted.) Reduced admission: Adults (13-64) $12; Seniors (65+) $9; Kids (5-12) $9. Special ride & game promotions are offered for everyone at Mighty Midway and Kidway all day.

Read & Ride Day at Dan Patch Park: Join Minnesota’s public libraries in celebrating readers of all ages. Performances, demonstrations, entertainment and more are part of this fun-filled day of learning. For more information, visit readrideday.org.

Thursday, Aug. 31 • Seniors Day

Today's Deals: Seniors (65+) admitted for $9 at the gate. Early Bird Specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games. Many merchandise and food vendors offer special Seniors Day bargains for all fair guests.

Seniors Day at Dan Patch Park: The 15th Annual State’s Largest Senior Stretch & Stroll kicks off on the Carousel Park stage at 9 a.m. UCare  presents a day of health and wellness demonstrations and giveaways, fun exercise sessions and informative talks on the Dan Patch Park stage.

Friday, Sept. 1 • MPR Day

Today's Deals: Early Bird Specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides & games.

MPR Day at Dan Patch Park: On the Carousel Park stage, MPR News, Classical MPR and 89.3 The Current team up for live broadcasts and performances throughout the day.

Saturday, Sept. 2 • FFA Day

AARP Day at Dan Patch Park: Stop by Carousel Park to find out what AARP is doing in Minnesota and learn about AARP’s work throughout the nation. Performances and demonstrations take place on stage, and activities fill the park.

Sunday, Sept. 3 • Friends of the Fair Day

More details about Friends of the Fair Day will be announced soon!

Monday, Sept. 4 • Kids & Last Chance Day

Today's Deals: Kids (5-12) admitted for $9 at the gate. Special ride & game promotions are offered at Mighty Midway and Kidway all day. Many merchandise and food vendors offer Last Chance bargains all day (see the brochure rack for the Last Chance Guide on Sept. 4)

Hmong Minnesota Day at Dan Patch Park: In its third year, Hmong Minnesota Day festivities celebrate the culture, history and arts of Hmong Americans.