Updated: 08/23/2014 5:10 PM
Created: 08/23/2014 8:44 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews
Saturday is day three of the Great Minnesota Get Together and the first Saturday of the fair.
It's 4-H day and Prep 45 day. KSTP sister station 45 TV puts on Prep 45 day to give fairgoers a chance to celebrate high school athletics.
There is fun for the entire family on the north side of Machinery Hill. There’s a production booth to show fairgoers how the games are broadcast. Plus, kids can try out their mini golf, basketball and hockey skills at different booths.
For 4-H day, there are barns and animal exhibits to check out, along with animal competitions. You can watch the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show for free at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum.
Getting to the Fair
New this year, the renovated Gate 16 will serve as a grand entrance to the fairgrounds. A projected one-third of the crowd is expected to enter and exit through that gate, which is also right next to the new transit hub.
The transit hub will be the designated drop-off and pick-up zone for anyone taking Metro Transit or the park-and-ride system.
"The idea of this is to relieve bottleneck," Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said.
Hammer hopes the renovations and the addition of the Green Line light rail will ease congestion along Como Avenue on the south side of the fairgrounds. In the past, buses shared that space with cars, pedestrians and livestock trailers.
Hammer expects the horseshoe-shaped transit hub to reduce the number of buses turning across busy intersections and crosswalks.
Saturday night, Kid Rock will rock the Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. He’s joined by special guest Blackberry Smoke. Tickets are sold out for the concert, but fairgoers know when they walk by the Grandstand they can usually hear the songs echo through the fairgrounds.
KSTP at the Fair
You can find KSTP near the corner of Chambers Street and Carnes Avenue, just south of the Grandstand. We’ll be on air throughout the fair.
The Minnesota State Fair runs through Labor Day, the tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds.