|Photo by Robert Ferdinandt|
The Minnesota State Fair is known for foods on a stick, adorable baby animals, great concerts and those infamous butter sculptures. This year's event, held Aug. 25-Sept. 5, is no exception.
In addition to offering the old standbys, the 2016 get-together has plenty of new attractions and edibles, and will be announced in the coming months.
Visit the West End Market, a one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The area includes the Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center, showcasing treasured artifacts and photographs that highlight the fair’s 150+ years of history.
Thrill seekers of all ages will find dozens of rides in the Mighty Midway and Kidway. For the grown-ups, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild sells flights of local beers, experts host demos on gardening and eco-living, and merchants sell everything from handcrafted pottery to accessories made of bicycle parts.
Music fans of all kinds will find artists they love playing at the Grandstand; this year's lineup features Don Henley (Aug. 25), Charlie Wilson with special guest Fantasia (Aug. 26), Dixie Chicks (Aug. 27-28), Happy Together Tour 2016 (Aug. 29), G-Eazy (Aug. 30), A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (Sept. 2) Weezer (Sept. 3) and Bonnie Raitt (Sept. 5).
It wouldn't be the State Fair without indulging in some one-of-a-kind foods. Mini donuts, cheese curds, french fries, corn dogs and chocolate chip cookies are among the staples, as well as more than 60 things on a stick, from candied bacon donut sliders to deep fried grilled cheese bites to SPAM sushi. Discover your favorite with the fair's online Food Finder.