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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

133 Days 20 Hours 39 Mins

At-Home Edition: Friday, Aug. 28

Check out what’s happening today for the Minnesota State Fair: At-Home Edition here and on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages!

The Grandstand

The historic Grandstand that currently sits in the heart of the fairgrounds was built in 1909. It has hosted horse racing, fireworks shows, auto racing, locomotive collisions, comedy acts, headline musical performances and more. To take a trip down memory lane, check out the list of past Grandstand performers (since 1962)!

If you’re missing the Grandstand performances this year, tune in to State Fair Radio on iHeart Radio. Featuring hits from past State Fair artists, it’s the perfect mix of every musical genre. Take a listen!

While you’re at it, check out the 2021 Grandstand Concert Series lineup, sponsored by Sleep Number. Tickets are on sale now, and we’ll be announcing more acts in the coming months. Stay tuned!

Governor’s Fire Prevention Day

Today would have been Governor’s Fire Prevention Day at the fair! With important life-saving demonstrations, displays of firefighting equipment and loads of fire-safe and fire prevention tactics, this day at the fair is the largest fire-prevention education event in the world.

Since we can’t celebrate and learn together, the organizers of Governor’s Fire Prevention Day put together a website full of important things to know about fire prevention. Check it out!

12 Days of Giveaways

Head on over to our Instagram and follow along for 12 Days of Giveaways! This is your chance to win some excellent State Fair swag. Our username is mnstatefair – we’ll see you there. Enter today beginning at 10 a.m. Good luck!

Agriculture Horticulture Building

We couldn’t possibly go a year without viewing giant vegetables and scarecrows in the Agriculture Horticulture Building. Thanks to Minnesota growers, we’re displaying various items at the Food Parade, including a giant pumpkin, zucchini and carrots – impressive.

If you’re attending the Parade, don’t miss the display right outside of the Ag-Hort Building. Then next year, make sure you don’t miss out on all of the activities in the building. From crop art to bees to apples and everything in between, the Ag-Hort Building should be on your fair to-do list!

All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash

Catching the All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash performance at the North Woods Stage is one of our favorite things to do during the State Fair! If you’re a regular or haven’t gotten the opportunity to see these sweet puppers, you won’t want to miss this video from Stunt Dog Productions.

The DIRT Demonstration Stage

Have you ever checked out a presentation or demonstration at the DIRT Demonstration Stage in the Agriculture Horticulture Building? It’s one of the best spots to learn about home gardening and other related topics.

Here’s Joel Karsten talking about straw bale gardening.

We’ve created a playlist on our YouTube channel to give just a glimpse of some of the things you can see there. Make sure to add a presentation or two to your fair schedule in 2021!

State Fair History Highlight – DNR Building

Only YOU can prevent wildfires. If you want to visit Smokey Bear during the State Fair, be sure to head to the DNR Building. Built in 1934, it was originally called the Conservation Building and had a formal fountain on the south side of the park. In 1971, when the name was changed to DNR, the fountain was removed and the popular fish pond was added. Did you know that many of the larger fish species return year after year? They are held in an undisclosed location where they swim happily, waiting to come back to the State Fair to delight onlookers.

Pet Costume Contest

Nothing could ever replace the Llama Costume Contest, but as part of the Minnesota State Fair: At-Home Edition we’re asking you to submit photos of you and your PETS in complementary costumes! It’s the Pet Costume Contest!

One lucky winner, chosen by State Fair staff, will receive a pair of admission tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. All you have to do is submit your photo of you and your pet in your most creative matching costumes to by midnight tonight.

Check back tomorrow to see a selection of the entries. You won’t want to miss this!

Mighty Midway Game

What’s a State Fair without some games at Mighty Midway? Thanks to our friends at Sleep Number, we have you covered. Play this midway game – and enter for the chance to win some stellar prizes!

Show Us Your Minnesota State Fair Photos

Each day, we want to see your favorite photos from past Minnesota State Fairs so let’s take a trip down memory lane together! There will be a different theme daily, and we hope you’ll share your photos with us. Feel free to send them to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email them to

Today’s theme: Show us your favorite animals to see in the State Fair barns!

Daily Trivia

Test your State Fair knowledge! Each day we will post a trivia question along with the answer.

Today’s question is: What was the 2019 State Fair’s average daily attendance?

Answer: 177,213 visitors

History Page

The Minnesota State Fair showcases our state’s best in areas from agriculture to history, and entertainment to education. For 165 years, the Minnesota State Fair has always been a place where traditions are made and stories are shared. Check out our History Page for photos, facts and more!

At-Home Fair Fun For All Ages

Looking for some fun at-home activities to do with the young and young at heart? Head to our At-Home Fair Fun page to find interactive State Fair activities, from Kemps Little Farm Hands trivia, EquiMania!TM challenges, Moo Booth quizzes, coloring pages, Math On-A-Stick games and much more.

Minnesota State Fair Foundation

Become an official 2021 Friend of the Fair! In a year without a fair and without 95% of our revenue, your membership helps support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation in enriching the unforgettable memories and traditions that are made here at the Minnesota State Fair. Learn more about how to become a Friend of the Fair.

The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is also bringing the fair to you through a 12-day online auction, presented by By The Yard, Aug. 27 through Sept. 7. The auction will feature fun State Fair items and experiences you can’t get anywhere else and will support the Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve State Fair programs, buildings and the fairgrounds. Check out the auction items, and place your bids now.

Minnesota State Fair Online Marketplace

Missing your annual Minnesota State Fair shopping trip this year? We’ve got you covered with the first-ever State Fair Online Marketplace. This searchable hub has more than 270 of your favorite State Fair vendors and exhibitors. Search by vendor name, shopping area, product categories or other keywords and click through to their website to finish the order process. Many businesses are offering State Fair deals and special merchandise. It’s available now through Dec. 31, 2020. Happy shopping!

2020 Minnesota State Fair Merchandise

Even though we can’t be together this year, you can still get your 2020 Minnesota State Fair merchandise. There are buttons, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, drinkware, face coverings and much more! The best part? A portion of sales benefits the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Get your State Fair swag now!

Celebrating the Fair at Home!

We want to see how you’re celebrating the Minnesota State Fair from home this year. Send us your most creative State Fair at-home photos and videos to Brownie points (or should we say, cookie points) for creativity!

Specialty Brews and Beverages

Sip, sip, hooray! This summer you can find some of your favorite State Fair specialty brews and beverages at Twin Cities taprooms. Usually only found during the 12 days of the fair, fair fans will be able to get their fix of State Fair sips. Check out which beers and ciders are available and where you can get them.

Zoom Backgrounds

You can celebrate what would have been the Great Minnesota Get-Together on your next Zoom call with fair-themed backgrounds. Head to our Facebook or Twitter to download the backgrounds and start Zooming in State Fair style!