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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

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At-Home Edition: Monday, Sept. 7

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

Hmong Minnesota Day at Dan Patch Park

Celebrating its fifth year last year, Hmong Minnesota Day programming at Dan Patch Park featured songs, dance, visual arts and live music that highlighted talented Hmong Americans. Event partners included Hmong American Partnership, Community School of Excellence and CHAT (Center for Hmong Arts + Talent).

Check out this highlight reel from 2019!

A Virtual Celebration of Culture and Community

A virtual Celebration of Culture and Community 2020, presented by OMG Media Solutions, continues tonight! Highlighting past performers from the fair and local nonprofit organizations, this is your opportunity to catch some amazing performances. Catch a performance by The War and Treaty tonight at 6 p.m. when it premieres.

Head on over to omgdigitalmediasolutions.com/ccc2020/ to watch the performance and learn about the artists and the nonprofits being spotlighted.

12 Days of Giveaways

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

History Highlight

The last day of the Minnesota State Fair has been held on Labor Day since 1939. On this day, it would be remiss not to acknowledge all the people who work here seasonally or for the 12 days of the fair from the employees, exhibitors and vendors to performers and volunteers. So many people take vacation time from their day-to-day jobs to be here. And we appreciate the 2 million guests who come for fun, too. We are known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together because of all of you. Thank you for making us the best fair around, and we can’t wait to see you next year, Aug. 26-Sept. 6, 2021!

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Photo circa 1963


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Photo circa 1988

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 fairinfo@mnstatefair.org.

Today’s theme: What you’re most looking forward to in 2021!

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 the first 12-day State Fair held?

Answer: 1975. Prior to this, the fair lasted anywhere from three days to 11 days.

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. 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. Today is the last day! The auction closes at noon so check out the 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 fairinfo@mnstatefair.org. 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!