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Minnesota State Fair 2018

Daily from Aug. 23-Sept. 2
6 a.m.-11:55 p.m.
Sept. 3
6 a.m.-11 p.m.
$9-$14
Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Music

What’s new this year at the Minnesota State Fair? Everything, and nothing—which is exactly the way Minnesotans like it. The ultra-sincere Coliseum contests will be back (“This little lady brought her horses all the way from Moorhead!”). Monsters will still be exhaustedly dancing to “Thriller” outside the Haunted House, and God knows Sweet Martha’s anthropomorphic cookies will still be winking coyly, tempting you to take a bite. There will be food debuts, of course. Items this year include PB&J sausage, an ahi tuna poke bowl, and wine slushies. Fairgoers will also bid adieu to a longtime staple that got a little stale: The Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall is becoming a new hub for Pronto Pups. Meanwhile, the Grandstand will offer nostalgia for every generation, from the ’60s (the Beach Boys, aka Mike Love’s Beach Boys cover band) to the ’70s (Earth, Wind & Fire) to the ’80s (Culture Club) to the ’90s (311) to 2015 (Niall Horan of One Direction). Find complete details at www.mnstatefair.org.