Scene at the fair

State Fair: It was a bright and stormy day

With food and animals and tractors and rides and thousands of Minnesotans, the State Fair returned, though under a couple of clouds, one called thunderstorm and one called delta on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
Justin Stafki, 17, of White Bear Lake, walked away from the Great Big Wheel after a ride with his mother, Barb. They say they were headed somewhere dry as raindrops began to fall.
Cody Wylie, 14, did his best in his first year as pitchman for roasted corn.
Jack Proffit, 15, of Hugo, chilled out with his cow Icon who he will show in the Summer Yearling competition during a rain storm on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair.
The Midway provided plenty of upside down and whirling thrills.
Cordero Jackson of Minneapolis let eight-year-old Cece Moen hold him up with his sword when she showed interest in the pirate costume he had worn.
Piglets, born on August 20, nursed on their mother in the Circle of Life Barn on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair.
Sarah My and Jordan Palma, left and right, took the thunderstorm in stride.
Young fairgoers laughed as they prepared to run into heavy rain at the state fair Thursday.
The Midway provided plenty of upside down and whirling thrills.
Kody Lee, 12, and older sister Hannah, 14, of Ostego, Minn., took a ride on the SkyGlider Thursday afternoon. Hannah is taking it safe by masking at the fair since she’s a type one diabetic. “I am very happy,” Hannah said, before moving onto the next attraction.
Baby ducks, born on Sunday, huddled together in the cool temperatures as it rained on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair.
Deacon Bunnell, 7, of Isanti, insisted on playing in the rain without the poncho his mom Angela Bunnell had brought for him during a downpour on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair.
Elle Allbright of Stillwater got the ok from her mom to run through puddles during the rain on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair.
Fairgoers weathered a heavy rainstorm Thursday afternoon at the state fair.
People took shelter from the down pouring rain under a Fish and Chips stand on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair.
Betsy Bjur and her son, Blake, 13, of Willmar, kept their stuffed animals dry as they were soaked themselves during a rain storm at the state fair Thursday.
A group of fairgoers sought shelter during a rain storm Thursday at the fair.
Fairgoers weathered a heavy rainstorm Thursday afternoon at the state fair.
A group of fairgoers sought shelter during a rain storm Thursday at the fair.