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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

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At-Home Edition: Saturday, Aug. 29

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

4-H Day

Today would have been 4-H Day at the Minnesota State Fair! Each summer, hundreds of Minnesota 4-H members take over the fairgrounds to showcase the projects they’ve been diligently working on each year. We miss their energy and enthusiasm and can’t wait to have them back on the grounds in 2021. Check out what Mower County 4-H member Emily Bollum has to say about her time at the State Fair.

Lawrence Family Farms – Journey to the Minnesota State Fair

Thanks to our friends at AirVuz, follow along on the amazing journey of the Lawrence family as they prepare for the Mille Lacs County Fair, and ultimately, the Minnesota State Fair. It’s an inspiring look at agriculture and the intricacies, trials and tribulations of exhibiting livestock at fairs.


The Minnesota State Fair’s agricultural roots run deep. The fair would be nothing without the farmers and producers who help make the Great Minnesota Get-Together so special. After all, without them, there wouldn’t be animals to visit in the barns, and there certainly wouldn’t be cookies and corndogs to consume.

Help us #ThankAFarmer by sending a message of support to, or head on over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to share your comments starting at 11 a.m. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them!

Sean Emery Performance

Here’s a front-row seat to see a Sean Emery performance. One of our favorite entertainers on the Family Fair stage at Baldwin Park, he’s performed each day of the fair since 1991! He has earned the title of longest-running entertainer at the State Fair.

Pet Costume Contest Winners

Increasingly popular over the last few years, the 4-H Lama Costume Contest is typically held the only Wednesday of the fair. (Nope, you didn’t read a typo there. Lama is the correct spelling for the genus that includes llamas and alpacas.)

These hardworking 4-H’ers and their lamas dress in complementary costumes. This creative competition is nationally recognized and takes place in Compeer Arena.

While we’re bummed we won’t be seeing lamas and their owners dressed up this year, we’re thrilled to present you with some entries to our PET costume contest (We had asked for photos last week on social media)!

Congrats to Becky and her cutie canine Casey for winning a pair of admission tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair for their costumes. These two are dressed as Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (or should we say, Casey the Blue Ox.) Way to go, Becky and Casey!

To see a selection of this year’s entries, head to our Facebook page at noon today – that’s when we’ll post them.

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. Today’s entries begin at 10 a.m. Good luck!

History Highlight

Originally known as Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H has participated at the Minnesota State Fair since the 1910s, and 4-H’ers would stay at the University of Minnesota dormitories. With the 4-H Building completed in 1940, it now houses 4-H’ers and a cafeteria on the second and third floors. The main floor is open to the public to see exhibits, demonstrations and Arts-In performances. If you take a visit to the livestock complex during the first four days of the fair, you’re bound to see 4-H’ers exhibiting their animals or participating in the ever-popular llama costume contest.

Photo circa 1918

Photo circa 1945

Photo circa 1979

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 rides, slides, glides (Like the SkyGlider … get it?) and more!

Daily Trivia

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

Today’s question is: Throughout the year, how many animals are housed in the livestock barns on the fairgrounds?

Answer: 20,000 animals

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!