|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. 27-Sept. 7, is no exception.
In addition to offering the old standbys, the 2015 get-together has plenty of new attractions and edibles, including 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.
Animal lovers can enjoy classic attractions such as the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, but this year, they will also be able to see the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show.
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 Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla (Aug. 27), Keith Urban (Aug. 28), Carrie Underwood (Aug. 29), Alan Jackson (Aug. 30), Patti LaBelle with the Commodores (Sept. 2), A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (Sept. 4) and The Avett Brothers (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 deep-fried ribs to walleye stuffed mushrooms to maple bacon funnel cakes. Discover your favorite with the fair's online Food Finder.