Updated: 08/29/2013 11:22 AM
Created: 08/29/2013 7:14 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
It's the eighth day of the Minnesota State Fair, and we’re finally seeing at least a little relief from the heat. Here are some highlights of Thursday’s Great Minnesota Get-Together:
It’s Seniors Day at the Minnesota State Fair, so those 65-years-old and older can get into the fair for just $7.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar and AARP will meet with seniors to talk about national efforts to protect Minnesota seniors from fraud. It comes after Klobuchar’s introduction of the Senior Fraud Protection Act.
You can find out more by heading over to the Education Building on the fairgrounds at the corner of Dan Patch and Cosgrove at 10 a.m.
For a list of other discount days, visit our Links page.
Minnesotans Meet ‘Grumpy Cat’
Minnesotans have been officially introduced to Grumpy Cat.
Grumpy Cat - along with a handful of other cat personalities that have gone viral - visited the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday, day seven. The cats kicked off festivities for the day's Internet Cat Video Festival. The sold out event is a first this year at the State Fair.
Last year - for its first year - the festival attracted more than 10,000 people to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. But the State Fair snagged the event this year.
The videos were projected at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the show at the Grandstand. Julie Klausner, a New York-based comedy writer, performer, podcaster and author, hosted the event.
Excessive Heat at the Fair
The Minnesota State Fair says it is ready to provide help to anyone who becomes ill due to the heat wave gripping the state this week. However, doctors are asking people to do their part as well.
Fair officials and doctors are asking people to drink plenty of water before coming to the fair. The goal is to ensure people are well hydrated before ever stepping through fair gates.
The fair has opened several misting stations and more than 40 water fountains so people can refill plastic bottles. If you get sick and cannot make it to one of the two medical aid stations, call 911 for help.
The Minnesota State Fair and its vendors are hoping to cash in big over the next two weeks. According to the Wall Street Journal, gross sales last year reached as high as $1.5 million for some vendors. In total throughout the fair, gross food and beverage sales jumped to nearly $35 million last year, up from $25 million in 2007.
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2013 Competition Results
There are a number of competitions at the state fair where judges will look for the best livestock, plants, exhibits and foods. Click here for real-time results.
Much is the same at the fair from years past, but there are a few new attractions and new foods for you to check out this time around. The Minnesota State Fair announced the addition of more than 40 new foods to the line-up, bringing the total to more than 450 foods from 300 concessions.
Virtual Fair Tour
History meets high-tech in a new smartphone version of the Minnesota State Fair History Walking and Cell Phone Tour. In the tour, old photos, maps and text combine with audio of personal memories and narrated history. Access the new mobile website here.
You can take the free self-guided tour while walking around the fairgrounds, on your phone or on your computer. This year, two new tour stops were added about food at the fair and the history of the Department of Natural Resources Building and exhibits.
Find us at the Fair
You can find 5 Eyewitness News at the fair. We’re in the building at the corner of Carnes Avenue and Chambers Street, which is our usual location. You can catch a front-row seat to our newscasts starting with our midday newscast.
The 2013 Minnesota State Fair runs through Labor Day, Sept. 2. For complete information, click here.