2014 Minnesota State Fair Hits Halfway Mark

Updated: 08/27/2014 2:59 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 6:59 AM
By: Jennie Olson

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. The overall record was about 144,000 in 1994.

Unclaimed Property Day

If you’re looking for the best state fair value, Wednesday is “Unclaimed Property Day” at the fair.

One in 20 Minnesotans has more than $100 in unclaimed property waiting for them, and the state commerce department wants to reunite you with it.

On Wednesday, fairgoers can stop by the Department of Commerce booth in the Education Building. Staff members will be on hand to help people locate the money and explain how to claim it.

Find more information on how you can check into unclaimed cash here.

Gov. Dayton at the Fair

Gov. Mark Dayton will spend part of his morning reading with kids at the state fair; he will be in the Education Building starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

After the reading, Dayton will be at the Department of Natural Resources booth where K-9 officers will demonstrate their ability to sniff out invasive species. The DNR says about 630 Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams are already infested with some type of unwanted species.


Country music star Tim McGraw will be singing his greatest hits on the Grandstand stage Wednesday night. He plays with special guest Ryan Kinder.

McGraw is a Minnesota State Fair Favorite; he was also the final Granstand act in 2013.

Some tickets are still available for about $71.

Getting to the Fair                                                            

New this year, the renovated Gate 16 is serving 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.

See transportation options here.

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.

Thousands of fairgoers pack the fairground at the Minnesota State Fair, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
Photo: AP/Jim Mone

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