Minnesota State Fair

Blue ribbon Instagrams: Stunning reader photos from the Minnesota State Fair

Kyle Turner @k.turner24, Minnetonka

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is an Instagrammer's paradise, so we asked our readers to take us along and tag us with their best photos.

Meet Sweet Martha, who brings in $4M in 12 days selling cookies at the fair

The one and only Sweet Martha.

At the Minnesota State Fair, the Sweet Martha's operation can now produce up to 3 million cookies on its busiest day.


Minnesota State Fair sets another attendance record

Favorable weather and strong grandstand acts helped draw nearly 2 million for the 12 days.


2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance: Day 12 and totals

Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015. The record for first-day attendance was 119,145 in 2010. Aug. 25: 125,324, compared…


Quarter-million attended Saturday's fair; on pace to break record

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEHere are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair.Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015.…


Sam Hunt proves worthy as genre-blending headliner

The new country star raised the temperature and spirits of the 13,140 fans as soon as he hit the stage with "Leave the Night On."


State Fair could hit 2 million in attendance for first time

Before Labor Day's large, merry crowd, which isn't counted until today, this year's total attendance was 1,826,021 — just 117,698 fair-lovers away from reaching a new high.


Another record-setting day Sunday for attendance at State Fair

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015. The record for first-day attendance was 119,145 in 2010. Aug.…


Last day of the fair, and it's a doozy

There were 242,759 people at the fair Sunday and the count Monday meant attendance was on track to break the record.


Fair calendar for Monday, Sept. 4: Kids and Last Chance Day

Sam Hunt: With LANCO and Ryan Follese at the Grandstand.


Snelling Avenue near State Fair is reopened following protest

Under the theme "Minnesota Ain't Fair," about 100 protesters gathered Sunday afternoon at Hamline Park in St. Paul.


Friday's fair attendance sets ninth-day record

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCEHere are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair.Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267 in 2015.…


Fair calendar for Sunday, Sept. 3: Friends of the Fair Day

FRIENDS OF THE FAIR DAY MUSIC GRANDSTAND: Amateur Talent Contest Finals: 7:30 p.m. DNR PARK: Joe Meyer Band: 10 a.m., noon, 2,…


All's fair in Garrison Keillor's farewell at the grandstand

The State Fair performance venue has been a home away from "Prairie Home" for the semi-retired radio host.


2017 Minnesota State Fair attendance: Day 8

STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE Here are day-by-day numbers for attendance at the Minnesota State Fair. Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877, compared to 111,902 last year and 110,267…


Political candidates make their case at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Even in years without major elections, politicians flock to Minnesota State Fair.


10 foods on a stick you have to try at the Minnesota State Fair

From a juicy Scotch egg to mashed potatoes, here are some essential State Fair stick foods.


Yeah! Usher delivers big thrills to R&B fans at the fair

REVIEW: Playing without a band, he got a little help from his pal, rapper Lil Jon.


Fair calendar for Friday, Sept. 1: MPR Day

The Minnesota Show with Garrison Keillor is at the Grandstand tonight.