State Fair

We couldn’t see you at the Minnesota State Fair in 2020, but we shared memories!

The Minnesota State Fair we're all missing this year

The Minnesota State Fair was scheduled to kick off on Thursday August 27, 2020, but there is no fair this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

MPR News host Angela Davis paid tribute to all the things we love about the State Fair: the food, the rides, the live music and entertainment, farm animals, looking at the winning cakes and crop art ... and yes, even the crowds. 

Missing the Great Get-Together? Here are ideas to host a Mini State Fair

Here are some amazing ideas that came through on Twitter about how you can plan your own (socially distant) Mini State Fair. And if you do, share your pictures with MPR News. Tag your photos on social media with #MiniStateFair, or email them to News at

The Current Coffee Break: State Fair memories

The Current Morning Show hosted a Coffee Break on the State Fair theme. Songs played:

Bonnie Raitt - Too Long at the Fair
The Hollies - On A Carousel
Blood Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
Lizzo - Batches and Cookies feat. Sophia Eris
Brandi Carlile - The Story
The Band - Life Is A Carnival

Get your Minnesota State Fair food fix with a drive-thru 'food parade'

The fair announced what it's calling a food parade for Aug. 20-23, Aug. 27-30 and Sept. 3-7.

'If it's sacrifice to keep people safe, I'm OK': Vendors react to State Fair cancellation

After a few months of watching how the pandemic affected large events, the State Agricultural Society made the decision to call off this year's fair. General Manager Jerry Hammer said canceling was the only choice.

Official Minnesota State Fair Resources for 2021 Planning

Minnesota State Fair official Web site - 2021 Minnesota State Fair: Aug. 26 to Labor Day, Sept. 6!
State Fairground map for reference
Official fair finder to locate food, booths, shops