We can’t see you at the Minnesota State Fair in 2020, but we can share memories and connect!
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.
The State Fair was canceled and all we got was this t-shirt. Commemorate the strangest year on the books with our 2020 State Fair t-shirt.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The fair announced what it's calling a food parade for Aug. 20-23, Aug. 27-30 and Sept. 3-7.
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.