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Minn. State Fair’s Oldest Attraction Celebrates 100 Years in August

One of the rides at the Minnesota State Fair is celebrating 100 years–making it the oldest attraction at the fair. The Keenan family has owned and operated Ye Old Mill—billed as the “original tunnel of love”—for five generations....


  • More State Fair Grandstand Acts Announced

    Three additional grandstand acts have been announced as part of the 2015 State Fair lineup. Singer Patti Labelle, band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and radio personality Garrison Keillor will perform September 2 through 4....

  • Meghan Trainor, Merle Haggard Added to Grandstand Concert Series

    Two additional nights of entertainment are confirmed for the 2015 Grandstand Concert Series at the Minnesota State Fair. Meghan Trainor with special guests Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1. Merle Haggard will be performing Labor Day...

  • Initial 2015 State Fair Grandstand Lineup Announced

    This year’s state fair will feature a few returning acts. Def Leppard and Styx will perform Thursday, Aug. 27 at the fairgrounds’ Grandstand. Country fans will want to check out Carrie Underwood on Saturday, Aug. 29 and Alan Jackson, with special guest Brandy Clark, on Sunday, Aug. 30...

  • Save Money on Tickets for the Minnesota State Fair

    It’s only January but some folks are already thinking about the Great Minnesota Get Together. Pre-fair admission discount tickets are on now sale for $10 apiece. Earlier this week the fair approved its full-price admission tickets which are the same as last year...

  • Police: Armed Robbers at Minnesota State Fair Flee with $10K

    A popular beer booth at the Minnesota State Fair was robbed last Friday night. The State Fair Police say the suspect was armed and the victims' hands were bound behind their backs. The robbery occurred at the Minnesota Craft Beer booth in the Agriculture building...

  • More than 1.8M Attend 2014 Minn. State Fair, Setting Overall Attendance Record

    The final attendance numbers are in, and more than 1.8 million people went to the Minnesota State Fair this year, breaking the overall attendance record. State fair officials say 1,824,830 people attended the state fair. That breaks the past overall attendance record of 1,790,497 people set in 2009...

  • Minnesota State Fair on Pace for Attendance Record

    The Minnesota State Fair has finished with an all-time attendance record within reach. Officials will weigh fairgoers' tickets on Tuesday to determine the total attendance for the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together. Crowds totaled around 1.67 million through Sunday...

  • Around 2,000 Items Turned in Every Year to State Fair's Lost and Found

    As the Minnesota State Fair winds down, the fair’s lost and found tends to wind up. The head of the unit, Julie Samec, says up to 2,000 items are turned in during the fair’s 12-day run every year. Most of the valued items, like cell phones, are eventually claimed by their owners. Chad Olson stopped by the lost and founds Monday to claim his iPhone...

  • Bleu Cheese and Corn Fritters Minnesota State Fair - Best Food, Drink Instagrams

    At the Minnesota State Fair there is a wide variety of foods, ranging from deep fried cookie dough to alligator bites, to lavender cupcakes. Here are KSTP's top picks for Instagrams from the fair...

  • With Records Set, 2014 Minnesota State Fair Comes to a Close

    The Minnesota State Fair is coming to an end this Labor Day, and it’s been quite the busy 12 days. Rain or shine, people still came out to the Great Minnesota Get-Together – so many people, in fact, that this year is on track to set an all-time high attendance record...

  • Minnesota State Fair Sets 1-Day Attendance Record Saturday

    It’s the final weekend to check out the Minnesota State Fair! Sunday is Day 11, so now there's less than two full day's to enjoy your favorite fair foods and exhibit. State fair officials say 252,092 people visited the Great Minnesota Get-Together on Saturday, setting the all-time record for the highest attended single day in the fair's history. As of Saturday, people visited the fairgrounds 1,467,941 this year...

  • U of M Researchers Conduct Colon Cancer Survey at State Fair

    Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Now a University of Minnesota study is trying to find out why African American men are most at risk. Researchers say they have a 25-percent higher rate of having colon cancer than white men and a 50-percent higher mortality rate...

  • Service Dogs Show off Skills at Minnesota State Fair

    Service dogs have an important job, and it takes a lot of training beyond simply sitting or rolling over. Several service dogs showed off their skills and patience at the Minnesota State Fair Saturday. Most of the dogs know more than 70 cues...

  • Minnesota State Fair Day 10

    It’s the final weekend to check out the Minnesota State Fair! Saturday is Day 10, meaning there are only a couple days left to enjoy your favorite fair foods and exhibits. As of Friday, 1,215,849 people have visited the fairgrounds. That’s ahead of last year’s attendance at the same point. In 2013, 1,134,488 people had attended the fair by the ninth day. There has only been one record-breaking day so far this year for attendance, and that was Tuesday when 133,595 people walked through the gates. It broke the 2009 attendance record of 129,423...

  • State Fair Visitors Eat up lots of Wireless Data

    On top of corn dogs and fried cheese curds, visitors to the Minnesota State Fair are also eating up a lot of wireless data. Minnesota's four biggest cell-phone carriers say data usage by fair attendees is much higher this year than it was last year. Verizon Wireless reported an increase of 156 percent during the first four days of the fair, when compared with the same period last year...

  • Sgt. Patrick Zeigler shares his story of surviving the 2009 Fort Hood shootings at the Minnesota State Fair. Fort Hood Victim Shares Story of Survival, Recovery at Minn. State Fair

    It's been nearly five years since a U.S. soldier opened fire on his own comrades. Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, killing 13 people and injuring 30 others. One army sergeant, who was injured in that shooting and fought for his life to survive and recover, spoke Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair at the Mayo Clinic booth...

  • Minnesota State Fair Hosts Rooster and Moose Calling Competitions

    There are a lot of different, unique talents featured at the Minnesota State Fair. From crop art and giant butter sculptures, to singers and extreme canines, you can find just about every talent around the fairgrounds. On Friday, there were moose and rooster calling competitions...

  • INTERVIEW: Family-Friendly Fair Exhibits

    There is something for everyone at the Great Minnesota Get Together. Our home and garden guru Larry Pfarr has tracked down some fun family-friendly things to check out at the Minnesota State Fair...

  • INTERVIEW: Robotics Competition at the Minnesota State Fair

    Every day at the Minnesota State Fair, robotics teams from schools across the state compete against each other in a battle of speed...

  • Minnesota State Fair Enters Final Weekend

    It’s the final weekend to check out the Minnesota State Fair! Friday is Day 9, meaning there are only a few days left to enjoy your favorite fair foods and exhibits...

  • At the State Fair: Meet a Survivor of the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting

    Starting Friday at the Minnesota State Fair, you can meet a Minnesotan, who is a survivor in every sense of the word. U.S. Army Sergeant Patrick Zeigler was shot four times, including once in the head, during the shootings at Fort Hood in 2009. He spent 800 days in the hospital recovering, but now lives independently with his family in Rochester, Minnesota...

  • State Fair Exhibit Shows Fairgoers how to Live Wiser, Longer

    Aging is something nobody can fight, but there are ways to make it better. On Thursday, folks at the Minnesota State Fair learned how with the Wiser Living exhibit. The exhibit gave folks ideas on how to live in their home longer, which includes all types of home adaptations...

  • KSTP's Bill Lunn Hosts DNR Family Fued at the State Fair

    The Department of Natural Resources sometimes takes a break from serious issues like our fish populations and invasive species. At the Minnesota State Fair Thursday, it was DNR Family Feud. They couldn't get Steve Harvey, so they asked KSTP's Bill Lunn to play the host. Family teams competed, answering questions about Minnesota like: what are our biggest lakes, what's the most commonly caught fish and what are our most popular state parks...

  • The Minnesota State Fair has 'Gone to the Dogs'

    Home and garden guru Larry Pfarr has been exploring things to do and see at the Minnesota State Fair. On Thursday, Pfarr found out you can learn more about purebred dogs and take in a fun-filled dog stunt show...

  • INTERVIEW: Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Other Finalists Stop by KSTP at the Fair

    The butter sculptures in the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair are always a fair fan favorite. The huge chunks of butter are carved as 3-D portraits of each dairy princess. This year's Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Jeni Haler, and Princess Kay finalists, Christine Leonard and Audrey Lane, stopped by the KSTP building to talk more about their duties as ambassadors for the Minnesota Dairy Farmers...

  • Vendors Inside State Fair Grandstand Cheer Rain in the Forecast

    The rain in the forecast is sure to impact vendors at the Minnesota State Fair.  Some are dreading the turn in the weather, while others say their business increases in thunderstorms...

  • KSTP File Photo Seniors Celebrated at Minnesota State Fair on Thursday

    It’s Seniors Day at the Minnesota State Fair! Visitors 65-years-old and older can get in for $8, and special activities and information will be available at the 4-H building. Gov. Mark Dayton is also declaring Thursday “Senior LinkAge Line Day” in Minnesota...

  • Unique Sights at the State Fair: Bee Beards, Cow Milking and Magic

    There are a lot of unique things to see and do at the Great Minnesota Get-Together...

  • Big Name Performer Asks to Return to State Fair Grandstand

    The weather couldn't be better for the fans out at the Minnesota State Fair enjoying Wednesday night's grandstand act, Tim McGraw. While the fans love the music, some of the performers love the outdoor venue and actually ask if they can come back. McGraw sold out when he played the Grandstand at the Great Minnesota Get-Together in 2013...

  • Wet your Whistle with Minnesota-Made Wine and Beers at the State Fair

    So far this week, our gardening expert Larry Pfarr has been busy running around the Minnesota State Fair, showing us how we can be creative at the fair and how to help the pollinator population. All that work has made him thirsty, so it’s all about Minnesota-made wine and beers. Locally made has been a buzzword for a several years, which holds true when it comes to Minnesota beer and wine...

  • Interview: DNR Building Celebrates Milestone at the State Fair

    So many people enjoy stopping by the Department of Natural Resources building every year at the fair. You can learn about state parks, ATVs, fishing, hunting, birds, bees, DNR K-9 unit, campfires, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, forestry, lands and minerals, moose, boat and water safety, laser fire extinguishing, prairies, biking and wildlife...

  • Changes at the Minnesota State Fair Means Change to Handicap Parking Spaces

    Parking can be a hassle at the Minnesota State Fair, and with the new main entrance this year some handicap parking has changed. There are a lot less disabled parking spaces on the west side, where fairgoers are used to going for disabled parking. If you head there and no handicap spots are left, fair spokesperson Brienna Schutte says don't worry...

  • 2014 Minnesota State Fair Hits Halfway Mark

    The Great Minnesota Get Together is now halfway over, but there are still plenty of things to enjoy. It’s been beautiful, fall-like weather the past few days, and fairgoers seem to appreciate it. Nearly 138,000 people came to the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, which beats the last few years’ attendance records for that day...

  • INTERVIEW: Visiting the Swine Barn at the State Fair

    KSTP's Katherine Johnson got a chance to see one of the largest and one of the smallest pigs in the swine barn Wednesday morning at the fair. The older one weighs 800 pounds and the piglet weighs 6 pounds...

  • Minnesota Cowboy 'Rides the Dream' at the Minnesota State Fair

    Tuesday night at the Minnesota State Fair, a packed crowd at the coliseum watched about 30 professional bull riders try to hold onto bucking bulls for eight seconds. Wearing red chaps and riding the bull, Hot Tamale, Minnesota native Nick Stolt holds on. When the number five gate opens, the magic number is eight. The rowdy bull was too much. Hot Tamale was declared the winner...

  • Minnesota State Fair Showcases Many Art Forms

    Art is another thing to check out at the Minnesota State Fair. Our home and garden expert Larry Pfarr spent the day checking out the art scene. He found that the state fair really does offer something for everyone...

  • New Rides at the Minnesota State Fair

    There is so much to do at the Minnesota State Fair, and every year there are new foods to try, new exhibits to check out and new rides to ride...

  • INTERVIEW: Monty's Traveling Reptile Show at the Minn. State Fair

    Every day of the Minnesota State Fair, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is featuring a new exhibit. Tuesday, Monty Krizan with Monty’s Traveling Reptile Show stopped by the KSTP building on the corner of Chambers and Carnes. He’s been out at the fair for years, showing off his reptiles at the exhibit...

  • State Fair Attendance Starts off Slow, Continues to Increase

    The number of people going to the Minnesota State Fair got off to a slow start this year, but the numbers are starting to increase. On the first day of the fair, Thursday, 94,256 people walked through the gates, which is down from last year when 106,852 people went to the fair on day one, according to the daily attendance record...

  • Stunt Dog Show Previously Featured on Oprah at Minnesota State Fair

    KSTP had the chance to see the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show Tuesday afternoon at the MInnesota State Fair. Some of the performing dogs have been featured on shows like Oprah, Ellen, Jay Leno, Animal Planets Pet Stars, Fox Sports "You Gotta See This" and the Tonight Show. The host of the show, Chris Perondi, has been entertaining audiences since 1999. More than 2,000 of his performances have been at some of the largest fairs in the country. He has been at the Iowa State Fair, Missouri State Fair, Los Angeles County Fair and the State Fair of Virginia...

  • Fairgoers try texting while driving at Allstate Reality Rides at the Minnesota State Fair. Fairgoers can take 'Reality Rides' Tuesday at State Fair

    Distracted driving is one of the leading causes for car crashes in the nation, which is why Allstate “Reality Rides” stopped by the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday. The program tours the U.S. to show drivers the dangers of distracted driving and emphasize the importance of eliminating all distractions behind the wheel...


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