minnesota state fair
Although the COVID-19 infection peak in Minnesota is expected in July, the threat of contagion killed this year's event, which draws hundreds of thousands from around the state.
When the cold winds and dull tones of winter have set in, Minnesotans can look back at the colorful, flavorful height of summer, captured on Instagram at #stfair19 in shades of cotton-candy pink, Sky-Glider blue, mustard yellow and dairy calico.
Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.
Fair officials declined to comment, while vendors remain nervous about their chances.
If the State Fair is held as usual, General Manager Jerry Hammer said, it won't be done with restrictions.
Permits are required on some city streets to help residents park near their homes. But some people have been selling their permits to make extra money, particularly during the State Fair.
The fair said the change, part of $10 million in upgrades planned for this year, will help maintain a "safe and secure environment."
Lawsuit coincides with Health Department report recommending additional precautions at the Miracle of Birth exhibit.
Minnesota officials have recorded 11 cases so far, including six who were hospitalized. Those infected range in age from 2 to 43.
With residents alarmed over gang violence outside gate, officials stress the event's safety.
She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
Gov. Tim Walz decried the gunfire, which left 3 hurt, and fair officials said safety is their top priority.
The final attendance tally for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair of 2,126,551 tops the previous mark of 2,046,533 just last year.
In addition to the champion giant pumpkins and sugar beets, the State Fair boasts a large crop of cute babies, some straining at stroller straps, some lounging in hay.
Dede Hard has made sure every 4-H'er at the Minnesota State Fair has gotten three square meals a day for nearly 40 years. She retired Monday.
The two hall-of-fame bands finished off the grandstand series with familiar hits.
For years, Dede Hard has ordered the food, organized the crew and overseen preparations. The 4-H kitchen gets the biggest food delivery at the State Fair.
Right around when the fair was born in the 1800s, tintype photography was in its heyday. This feat of photographic alchemy freezes a 2019 State Fair moment in Civil War-era tones. Tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
From the thrill of the rollercoasters to the agony of dropped cookies, we witnessed the ups and downs of a day at the State Fair.
She seemed genuinely in awe at the response of the sell-out crowd in her biggest market.