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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

133 Days 15 Hours 29 Mins

At-Home Edition: Monday, Aug. 31

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

We Miss You, Minnesota!

A few familiar faces and voices are missing the Minnesota State Fair this year just like us! Watch the video.

Mental Health Awareness

Typically, on the first Monday of the fair, more than 50 organizations present mental health resources for children and adults as part of Mental Health Awareness at Dan Patch Park. Since we can’t gather together this year, many of those organizations shared videos providing their messages, helpful tips and more. Check out the playlist!

Here are additional resources shared from some of the partners who present Mental Health Awareness at Dan Patch Park:

American Public Media
MPR’s Call to Mind at the Minnesota State Fair
Spotlight on Parenting During Coronavirus
COVID-19 Wellness

CARE Counseling

Basic emotion education and teaching people how to handle stressful emotions in a healthy manner are two of the things covered at CARE Counseling. Research has shown that burying stressful emotions can lead to depression and other forms of mental health conditions. Suicide rates and rates of major depression are rising in our community. Help CARE Counseling amplify the conversation about suicide prevention and emotional awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month (September); for more information, please visit

Minnesota State Fair Sheep Show: A Talk with Jo Bernard

Jo Bernard has been managing the sheep show at the Minnesota State Fair for 10 years! Watch as she shares some insight as to how champion sheep are selected at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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!

History Highlight

The area you know as Mighty Midway looked very different in the early 1900s. The first carnival came to the State Fair in 1904, but shortly afterwards, an idea came about to dredge the nearby lagoon and create a canal ride, reminiscent of Venice. However, once dug, the water seeped into the soil, and after a few years it was abandoned. Now, bright lights, fast rides, and games of skill fill the area. Missing the water? Do not fret! Ye Old Mill fills that demand – a permanent boat ride that’s been here since 1915 located in the heart of the fairgrounds.

Photo circa 1909

Photo circa 1910

Photo circa 1913

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: Your Minnesota State Fair tradition. What must you do each and every year? From wacky to heartwarming, we want to see ‘em!

Daily Trivia

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

Today’s question is: What year was electricity first used at the State Fair, allowing it to operate after sunset?

Answer: 1899

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 and Math On-A-Stick games. Plus, fair fans of all ages can also enjoy cooking demonstrations, videos that highlight agriculture 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, now through Sept. 7. The auction features fun State Fair items and experiences you can’t get anywhere else and supports 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!