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At-Home Edition: Thursday, Sept. 3

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

Virtual Showcase: Crop Art

Results are now live for the crop art showcase! Over the past few weeks, we asked you to submit entries in both the novice and advanced classes of this unique Minnesota State Fair tradition. First-place winner in the advanced class (chosen by State Fair staff) is Dan L. of Minneapolis, Minn., and the first-place winner in the amateur class (also chosen by State Fair staff) is Janet K. of Saint Paul, Minn. Congrats to the winners!

Advanced Class winner – Dan L.


Novice Class winner – Janet K.


Native Pride Dancers

Native Pride Dancers have performed numerous times on the free stages at the Minnesota State Fair in the past. Watch as they talk you through the important meaning behind one of their dances.

Thanks to Mazda, Native Pride Dancers performed at the Food Parade this year!

Credit: Christal Moose, contributing editor: CEO Native Arts Collaborative, Mgr. Native Pride Productions.

The Common Table: Minnesota Eats

The Common Table: Minnesota Eats is an interactive exhibit in the Agriculture Horticulture Building that inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat. This video gives an overview of the exhibit, as well as helpful tips to change the way we grow, buy and eat food.

Studio: HERE

Studio: HERE is a space in the Fine Arts Center during the Minnesota State Fair where practicing artists will create artwork and interact with fair guests throughout the process. Printmaker Gordon Coons exhibited in the space last year. Hear a little about his work and his time at the State Fair.

Cosgrove Stage: Zumba!

The Cosgrove Stage is located just outside of the Education Building and features performances and demonstrations from community groups throughout the day. You can see square dancing, clogging and more! Local Zumba! instructors demonstrate on the stage, too.

In this video, learn about the activity of Zumba!, and catch the fun routine at the end! (We’ve spent hours trying to learn this – how’d you do?

What’s Your State Fair Tradition?

The Minnesota State Fair is all about tradition – making new ones and participating in the years-long ones. Thanks to Twin Cities Public Television and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, there’s a whole special about State Fair traditions.

You can purchase your own copy of State Fair Traditions, too!

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

A view of the Grandstand from a plane? Nope – a pole! In 1941, Selden the Stratosphere Man took this picture while entertaining the audience. In 1956, four aerialists performed the Sky-High Sway-O-Rama, which included changing places. And finally, Darrel Hornbeck atop a 180-foot pole in 1957. How did he get there? From a helicopter! If there was ever a “kids, don’t try this at home,” this would be it.

Photo circa 1941


Photo circa 1956


Photo circa 1957


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: Let’s see your SHOPPING photos from the fair! With more than 700 vendors to shop from, the fair is THE place to get your hands on some great merchandise.

Daily Trivia

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

Today’s question is: What are the two oldest buildings on the fairgrounds?

Answer: The Progress Center (Eco Experience during fair time) and the Fine Arts Center. Both buildings were built in 1907.

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 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!