Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair urges, but won’t require masks

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Minnesota State Fair officials are strongly urging fairgoers to mask up both inside and outside, but stopped short of imposing any mandates to fight the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Fair officials issued updated health guidance urging masks indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people; outdoors in crowded settings, especially for the unvaccinated; and…

Group sues for right to carry guns at Minnesota State Fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A gun owners’ group is suing the Minnesota State Fair and Ramsey County, demanding that permit holders be allowed to carry handguns on the fairgrounds during the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The lawsuit by the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus argues that the State Fair’s ban on weapons violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms….

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…