Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair goes virtual

The At-Home Edition will run August 27 through September 7.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–While Minnesotans may not be able to visit the State Fair grounds, they will still be able to enjoy fair favorites from the comfort of their own home. The Minnesota State Fair is hosting what it calls an At-Home Edition which will run August 27 through September 7. The State Fair will be posting daily fun facts, demonstrations…

Social Distancing: Princess Kay Crowned Despite Cancelled State Fair

Keeping A Buttery Tradition Alive During COVID-19

  The Minnesota State Fair is a casualty of the pandemic this year, but a key part of the fair continues this morning with some social distancing measures in place. Have you ever seen a beauty queen crowned wearing a mask? Midwest Dairy crowned the 67th annual Princess Kay of the Milky Way Wednesday, 19-year-old Brenna Connelly from Byron, Minnesota….

Social Distancing: Ode To A Butter Queen

A Minnesota Tradition Carries On During COVID-19

  I’m kind of feeling drained at the end of the week. It’s Friday. Infection numbers are rising in North Dakota and a lot of places. All this bleak news can feel like it’s flattening and suffocating you. But then, one buttery ray of sunlight helped make things better this week. The Minnesota State Fair is cancelled this year, but…

2020 Minnesota State Fair Canceled

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota State Fair, known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, has been canceled. The fair was scheduled for August 27 through September 7. This will mark only the sixth time the fair has been canceled since its inception. State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said canceling the fair was not a difficult decision, but “the only decision.” The…

Pedestrian Struck, 3 Wounded by Gunfire Outside State Fair

St. Paul police say it was a chaotic close to the Minnesota State Fair.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–St. Paul police say it was a chaotic close to the Minnesota State Fair as a pedestrian was struck by a car and three men were wounded by gunfire. Authorities say an altercation broke out about 10:20 p.m. Monday outside a fair gate and a woman was hit by a vehicle. She’s in critical condition at Regions Hospital….

2 Tour Buses Crash Near Minnesota State Fair

The crash happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Highway 280, about a-half mile from the fair.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–Eight people were injured when two tour buses collided near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds just as the event was getting under way. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said one of the buses was heading to the State Fair with 43 passengers and a driver. The other bus was empty, aside from the driver. Both drivers were among the…

Minnesota State Fair attendance tops 2 million, breaking record

FALCON HEIGHTS, MINN. (KMSP) – Total attendance for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair surpassed two million visitors for the first time in Great Minnesota Get-Together history. Five record-breaking days of attendance offset several rainy days, leading to the record-breaking grand total of 2,046,533 for 2018. The second Saturday of the State Fair is traditionally the most-attended of the 12 days, and this year’s second Saturday delivered a record-breaking 270,426…

Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Skips State Fair After Parking Challenge

Kirk Cousins tweeted Saturday afternoon: "Raincheck on Minnesota State Fair...parking was a challenge"

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — The Minnesota State Fair set an opening day record for attendance: 122,000. But it was a hellish experience for the thousands of people who tried to get to the fair. Traffic was backed up for blocks. Even a Minnesota Vikings player had a tough time in traffic. Kirk Cousins tweeted Saturday afternoon: “Raincheck on Minnesota State…

Princess Kay of the Milky Way Is Getting Her Moment In Butter

Minnesota State Fair Opened Thursday Morning And Ends On Labor Day

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Princess Kay of the Milky Way is getting her likeness sculpted into a 90-pound block of butter on the Minnesota State Fair’s opening day. 20-year-old Rebekka Paskewitz, a college student from Browerville, represented Todd County last night and was crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. She will serve as the official goodwill ambassador…

“Injustice On a Stick” Protest At Minnesota State Fair

Temporarily Shut Down One of The Main Routes To Fairgrounds

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — One of the main routes to the Minnesota State Fair re-opened after police temporarily shut it down for a protest march. The march, billed as “Injustice On a Stick,” included Black Lives Matter groups and several other organizations. They protested police brutality and white supremacy. After hearing speeches at a St. Paul park, a crowd of…