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The Giant Slide is celebrating a birthday this year. Image courtesy the Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota State Fair 2019

Daily from Aug. 22-Sept. 1
6 a.m.-11:55 p.m.
Sept. 2
6 a.m.-10 p.m.
$9-$14; kids 4 and under free
Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink

“Our fair was founded on agriculture,” says Minnesota State Fair spokesperson Danielle Dullinger. “While that’s always going to be the heart of our fair... obviously we’re not all farmers.” The fair’s mission today, continues Dullinger, is “telling people about the best of Minnesota.” While the Great Minnesota Get-Together continues to innovate, it’s that good old jump-in-the-wagon community spirit that’s kept it an unmissable attraction for millions of Minnesotans—and for people who arrive from across the country, fascinated by Instagram images of politically charged seed art and strange snacks stuck on sticks. New this year is a building in the North End (the neighborhood formerly known as Machinery Hill, for you long-timers), promising interactive “museum-quality exhibits” free with the price of admission. The exhibits will change every year, to keep you coming back... just in case the rotating malt flavors, fresh Minnesota brews, and multiple stages of live music weren’t already doing the trick for you.