Fairs and Carnivals

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 63, Giggles' walleye cakes

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.There is no better celebration of all things Minnesota than the State Fair. From the green and yellow beauty of Machinery Hill to the piles of fried edibles, it's enough t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    MN Music on-a-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/30/13

    MN Music-on-a-Stick With Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S, and The Chalice Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Friday, August 30, 2013 At their second annual State Fair Grandstand showcase, MN Music on-a-Stick, 89.3 the Current brought a six-hour slate of acts that cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Smash Mouth with Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms at the Grandstand, 8/23/13

    Smash Mouth with Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms State Fair Grandstand Friday, August 23, 2013 Friday night State Fair goers took advantage of the perfect summer evening and stepped into a time machine for the Under the Sun tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms at the State Fair Grands ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    MN State Fair 2013 Grandstand adds Train, the Suburbs, P.O.S., and more

    The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Trailer Trash's Nate Dungan: "Honky tonk music comes right up out of the ground"

    When you walk into Lee's Liquor Lounge, located on downtown Minneapolis' fringes for over half a century, whether it's your first visit or 40th, the whiff of nostalgia and shiver of magic you feel is pretty undeniable. But there's more to it than the bar's wood paneling, its mounted mountain lion, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Journey's Neal Schon sues former Waseca mayor Judy Kozan

    In a tale ripped straight from the clutches of TMZ, Journey guitarist Neal Schon is involved in a legal battle with Judy Kozan, who used to be the mayor of the southern Minnesota town of Waseca -- and also used to be his mother-in-law.The rocker, who assured his place in the annals of gossip blog fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    State Fair knockout: Police officer gets kicked in the head [VIDEO]

    SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage seeks removal of fair vendor who said she spit in Vote Yes guy's lemonade-- KARE 11 criticized for hosting "potentially harmful" health screenings at State FairSunday's State Fair festivities were marred by two fights, one of which involved a police officer getting knocke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    MN Music-on-a-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/31/2012

    MN Music-on-a-Stick With Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and Lucy Michelle and the Velvet LapellesMN State Fair Grandstand, St. PaulFriday, August 31, 2012After a summer of record temperature highs, August was the perfect month for outdoor shows, ending with MN Music-on-a-Stick a ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2012

    MN Music On-a-Stick without the fair schtick

    Jeremy Messersmith chats about his adopted state fair

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Second case of pig-borne flu reported in Minnesota

    See also:-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concernsMinnesota has recorded its second case of the flu that had State Fair workers examining 250 pigs last week as a precaution.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    MN for Marriage seeks removal of fair vendor who said she spit in Vote Yes guy's lemonade

    SEE ALSO:-- MN for Marriage, anti-gay marriage group, says it 'continues to stand strong against intolerance'-- MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic-- Michael Leisner called Alan Colmes' radio show shortly before his death [AUDIO]A young woman named Caiti Weber got he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    The 190-foot-high State Fair swing gets stuck for second time in as many days [PHOTOS]

    SEE ALSO:-- The 2012 State Fair poster looks like something out of a drug-induced nightmare [PHOTO]-- Minnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testiclesThe State Fair swing is stuck way up high for the second time in as many days, meaning you officially couldn't pay me to get on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Minnesota-brewed beer is big at this year's State Fair

    Last year around this time I reported with great fanfare that one vendor at the State Fair had decided to put a selection of craft beers on tap. Among them were brews from several Minnesota beer makers. Minnesota beer would finally get a bigger presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It was bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Minnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testicles

    If you're an annual State Fair habitue, it's easy to get bored with the more than 450 foods from 300 concessionaires. So every year the State Fair tries to shake things up by introducing a few new things-on-a-stick and other edibles. Last year's offerings included the universally beloved sweet corn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Dawes leads Minnesota State Fair free shows lineup

    Related:Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsDawes at First Avenue, 11/4/11Although the Minnesota State Fair has done a fairly good job of packing in some variety for its Grandstand shows, the free entertainment this year should pull a hefty crowd this late August/early Septembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Is Wiz Khalifa as "raunchy" as a Star Tribune writer says?

    Related:Up in the air: How Minneapolis became a flyover city for major rap artistsKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsStar Tribune published two stories Tuesday detailing the Minnesota State Fair's latest Grandstand additions, but one would've been plenty. A couple hours after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offerings

    ​The 2012 running of the great Minnesota get-together is starting to pile up a load of concert offerings for this August. Tops among the Grandstand Concert Series shows is the Minneapolis St. Paul stop on the Kiss-Mötley Crüe joint tour, which will be the first series of dates these two monsters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    West Allis mayor stands up to Nazis

    Dan Devine: He can't stop the Nazis, but he can despise them.​The mayor of West Allis, Wisconsin can't legally do anything to stop the white supremacist rally that's going to be held there tomorrow. But in the spirit of the same First Amendment that lets those creeps hold their little march, the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    The Hot Dish's top 10 summer posts

    ​Happy Labor Day weekend! Some may call this the unofficial end of summer, but let's not be hasty. We still have a few weeks of warm weather left, and you can even relive the best of summer by catching up on our most popular Hot Dish posts, including guides to the State Fair, a look at Minneso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    The Blotter's top 10 posts of summer 2011

    ​Where has the summer gone? You try to soak it in with a couple chilled beverages and some time in the sun, next thing you know it's September. With the last three months now nothing but a hazy memory, City Pages is looking back on the most popular blog posts of the summer that was.What were you p ... More >>

  • Music

    August 31, 2011
  • Calendar

    August 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    New 911 police tapes from Wisconsin State Fair released

    Hate crimes charges might still be filed in incidents from that night.​A huge fresh batch of 911 tapes has been released by the West Allis Police Department, shedding new light on the racially-fraught crime wave that gripped the Wisconsin State Fair last Thursday.Call after call came in to the 911 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Deep-fried Kool-Aid balls: a tasty or terrible idea?

    ABC NewsWha? Kool-Aid flavored doughnuts? ​Just when we were complaining about the lack of inventiveness in this year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods, we hear about deep-fried Kool-Aid balls. Creative, yes., maybe? We were kind of hoping they'd be like a Chinese soup dum ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Minnesota State Fair's list of new foods a major letdown

    MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!​Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to ... More >>

  • Arts

    March 16, 2011

    A Tale of Twin Cities

    History Theatre

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer: Chef Chat, part 1

    Lisa GulyaMichelle Gayer of the Salty Tart bakery​Michelle Gayer, owner and head chef at the two-year-old Minneapolis bakery Salty Tart, has been busy the last six months. Last spring she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. After attending the awards c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    The Current's Steve Seel on dining at 5 a.m.

    Get this man some Fritos​If you wake up to The Current during weekday mornings, then you probably have breakfast with Steve Seel, who hosts the 6-10 a.m. show with Jill Riley. But what does Seel, a guy who gets up before the sun, nosh on?

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    RetroRama comes to the State Fair

    ​In case you missed it earlier this year RetroRama, the annual old-school runway extravaganza, is back and coming to the Minnesota State Fair. The event will be a part of Minnesota History Center's History Day at the Fair. Five local designers will each be tackling one decade in fashion history an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Butter head trivia: 5 things you never knew about butter heads

    Butter heads up!​The Wall Street Journal looked into butter head carving at the Minnesota State Fair, and taught us five fun facts about our favorite edible sculptures: 1. The dairy industry has used butter carvings since the 1890s, but most large butter sculptures today are molded over a woo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    What are the best state fair foods?

    ​My husband didn't grow up in Minnesota and has never been to the state fair. (The horror, I know!) I'm taking him there to experience it for the first time this weekend. What are the foods he must try?

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Win a State Fair ribbon in 5 easy steps

    Keep your eyes on the prize: a state fair blue!​This is the year, people, the one in which you establish your foodie cred with the ultimate badge of honor: a Minnesota State Fair ribbon in one of the Baked Products or Canned and Preserved Foods categories. You may already be able to hook a wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    This World Fair calls it quits

    ​Chris Kalgren of This World Fair posted a note on his band's Facebook page today that he dubbed his "last official communication from/as This World Fair." After some modest success both locally and on the road, they are disbanding to pursue other projects. "This is by no means goodbye, but the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Cyndy Brucato giving up KSTP anchor chair

    ​Add Cyndy Brucato to the list of prominent Twin Cities television news anchors relinquishing their anchor duties this year. As noted earlier, WCCO's Don Shelby is retiring, and Fox 9's Robyne Robinson is running for lieutenant governor. Brucato says she's staying at her post through the Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Garrison Keillor lauded for State Fair piece in National Geographic

    ​The American Society of Magazine Editors' annual National Magazine Awards are out for 2010, and 'Prairie Home Companion" host and author Garrison Keillor took home the first-place award in the essays category. The award,"Recognizes the writer's eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and uni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    David Brauer dines out in Kingfield

    Illustration by Hugh Bennewitz ​MinnPost's David Brauer monitors the movements of the media by day (he occasionally puts the heat on CityPages), but spends his off hours working for the Kingfield Farmer's Market as treasurer and one-man promotions machine (check out his Twitter feed for regula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009
  • News

    October 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Franken draws U.S. map from memory... and remembers Alaska and Hawaii!

    Sen. Al Franken pulled out his familiar, but still impressive, trick at he Minnesota State Fair last week.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    MPR: Day of State Fair eating improves your cholesterol!

    Despite their attempt to scare us with their full day of eating and calorie counting at the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" they actually gave us the greatest state fair news yet!

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Porta-Potty State Fair memories

    "One of the few things you can do at the Minnesota State Fair that leaves you feeling better AFTER you're finished."

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Behold the Bacon Chocolate Conan O'Brien head!

    Conan's reaction: "I've long dreamed of this. But I never thought I'd see it happen."

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Two MN foods on 10 most unusual state fair foods list

    You won't believe what California fairgoers can find stuffed between a Krispy Kreme...

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Minnesotans love the smoking ban as much as the Vikings, less than walleye dinners, State Fair

    Nearly a year after Minnesota implemented a statewide smoking ban, the new law is getting high marks from residents.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Meat-on-a-stick matchup

    The great corn dog v. pronto pup debate ensues.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    Raging Bull

    Ever wanted to run with the bulls in Spain? Minnesotans at the State Fair had an opportunity to run with a bull this morning when the 1,600 lb. testosterone-fueled animal named Saber, became agitated and somehow managed to escape from his handlers.

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