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At-Home Edition: Thursday, Aug. 27

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

Welcome to the Minnesota State Fair: At-Home Edition!

Today would have been the first day of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. While this day is bittersweet, and we wish we could be celebrating the Great Minnesota Get-Together in person, we would be remiss to just let these 12 days pass by.

The Minnesota State Fair: At-Home Edition starts now.

Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota

The Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota is now live! See the impressive work of talented Minnesotans from the comfort of your couch! Chosen from more than 1,700 pieces submitted virtually this summer, this art is now hanging in the Fine Arts Center.

See the results, a virtual recording and a virtual catalog.

If you’re hoping to visit the gallery in person, limited tickets are still available! Learn more.

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!

The Cattle Barn Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

The historic Cattle Barn was completed in 1920. Designed by architect Clarence H. Johnston, the massive brick structure covers 117,450 square feet with sufficient housing for 1,000 head of cattle. It was originally constructed with a 10-foot-high basement, along with a mezzanine level that allowed for additional exhibit space, which included through the years auto shows, national dairy shows, and the State Fair’s dairy department.

The structure has changed several times in its 100 years, most notably serving in World War II along with the rest of the livestock complex as home for the A.O. Smith Corporation that manufactured military aircraft propellers from 1943-1945. With this, the mezzanine level was permanently removed. After the war, the barn was reconverted to welcome back cattle in 1947.

To accompany the Cattle Barn, a 21,000-square-foot corrugated steel Cattle Annex, formerly called the Beef Barn, was built in 1970. The most recent addition is the Moo Booth exhibit, which was rebuilt in 2009 to showcase beef and dairy cattle’s role in the agricultural process from farm to table.

Instagram Story with General Manager Jerry Hammer

Follow us on Instagram with our username mnstatefair! This afternoon, we’ll talk with Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer about his history, what he’ll miss most about the fair, and more!

Pet Costume Contest

The Llama Costume Contest will surely be missed this year!

Nothing will replace it, 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 fairinfo@mnstatefair.org by midnight tomorrow, Aug. 28.

Check back Aug. 29 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 a chance to win some stellar prizes!

Show us your Minnesota State Fair Photos

Let’s take a trip down memory lane! Each day, we want to see your favorite photos of past Minnesota State Fairs. We’ll have a different theme daily, and we hope you’ll share them with us. Feel free to send them to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email them to fairinfo@mnstatefair.org.

Today’s theme: Show us your favorite State Fair activity!

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 cookies can Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar produce in one day at the Minnesota State Fair?

Answer: 3 million cookies

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 silent 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 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!