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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

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At-Home Edition: Saturday, Sept. 5

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

K-12 Artwork & Photography

Results are now live for the K-12 artwork & photography virtual showcase. Over the past few weeks, we asked students to submit their entries in both artwork and photography. We are so excited to showcase the art of these talented students!

Please note: The top 3 entries from each class and grade are featured, as chosen by State Fair staff. We had so many entries and wish we could post them all, but similar to the fair, only the top entries are shown. Thank you all for submitting your pieces.

Minnesota State Fair Farm & Food Video Series

Chef John Van House, corporate executive chef for Grand Casinos, is joined by Kami Schoenfeld of Circle S Cattle & Club Lambs to demonstrate how to best prepare delicious lamb chops with mint chimichurri sauce, and they give helpful cooking tips along the way. Part of the Minnesota State Fair Farm & Food video series, presenting cooking techniques and conversations with Minnesota farmers and food producers, brought to you by the Minnesota State Fair’s partners in the agriculture community, including the Minnesota Beef Council.

Watch the video!

Produced by Emmanuel Chavira Rodriguez, student at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

We have a whole Farm & Food playlist of similar videos, featuring demonstrations on pastry cream, pork chops, ribeye and more.


Today would have been FFA Day at the Minnesota State Fair. FFA prepares its members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology fields of agriculture. The FFA program offers opportunities for members to participate in livestock and non-livestock areas of competition.

Listen to two FFA members discuss the importance of the program as well as their favorite part about the Minnesota State Fair.

AARP Day at Dan Patch Park

AARP Day at Dan Patch Park, which would have been held today, celebrates how to make communities better for all ages.

In a year without a fair, AARP, with the help of T. Mychael Rambo and a series of State Fair personalities, hosted a virtual showcase to reminisce about past fairs and how you can still get in on the fair action!


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. Let’s show them how appreciative we are of them.

A Virtual Celebration of Culture and Community

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

Head on over to to watch the performance and learn about the artists and the nonprofits being spotlighted.

CHS Miracle of Birth Center

Cuteness overload! The CHS Miracle of Birth Center is an agricultural education exhibit and the birthplace of nearly 200 animals throughout the 12-day run of the fair. If it’s not already, be sure to add a stop here to your State Fair bucket list to learn more about these animals.

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

Future Farmers of America, now officially known as FFA, first exhibited at the State Fair in 1948. Pep bands, crop displays and animals are just a few of the ways FFA has made its mark on the fairgrounds.

Photo circa 1959

Photo circa 1961

Photo circa 1961

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 favorite State Fair T-shirts!

Daily Trivia

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

Today’s question is: How many gallons of water does the Ye Old Mill hold?

Answer: About 60,000 gallons

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!