The great Minnesota get together

by Howard Lestrud
ECM Online Managing Editor
A highlight for many Minnesotans during the summer is the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Minnesota State Fair. The State Fair will run 12 days in 2011, Thursday, Aug. 25 through Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day).
I have been following the State Fair through its web pages for the last 12 years. Let me tell you, the web page has changed considerably each year. The website at http://www.mnstatefair.org/  is very easy to navigate.
Let’s see what is categorized on the homepage:
General Information
Accessibility, attendance, brochure rack, campgrounds, daily schedule, fair history/archives, Fair trivia, FAQ, Get to the Fair, groups, guest services, hours, lodging and phone numbers.
Tickets and discounts
Admission and discount, days, Blue Ribbon Bargain Book, box office, deals, drawings & giveaways, grandstand tickets, kidway-midway tickets.
Entertainment
Adventure park and more, agricultural and animal exhibits, coliseum shows, daily parade, eco experience, fabulous fair alphabet, free entertainment, grandstand, kidway and midway, MSF commercials, talent contests.
Competition and contests
4-H, ag-hort-bee, 2011 commemorative art, creative activities, education, FFA, fine art, horses, how to enter, judging schedule, livestock, Milk Run, MN Community Pride, Showcase and overnight livestock parking.
Fun
Commercials, photo galleries, State Fair Four,  time lapse videos.
Fair Finders
Food Finer, Fun Finder, merch search.
More fair events and history will be explored on Clicking next week. The Minnesota State Fair is renowned for its grandstand entertainment. Let’s look at the daily grandstand entertainment for 2011.
AUG. 25
REBA with special guest Ronnie Dunn, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 and $55
AUG. 26
DEF LEPPARD with special guest Heart
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $41, $51 and $61
Very limited seating!
AUG. 27 BIG TIME RUSH with special guest Days Difference
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35
AUG. 28
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour 2011
5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30 and $35
AUG. 29
The HAPPY TOGETHER Tour 2011
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18
AUG. 30
STEELY DAN with special guest Sam Yahel, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 and $55
AUG. 31
TOBY KEITH with special guests Eric Church and JT Hodges
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 and $55
SEPT. 1
MARC ANTHONY, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60
SEPT. 2
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with Garrison Keillor
7:45 p.m.
Tickets: $29
SEPT. 3
WEEZER with special guest Motion City Soundtrack
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35
SEPT. 4
Amateur Talent Contest Finals, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $0
Free with paid fair admission!
SEPT. 5
TRAIN & MAROON 5 with special guest Matt Nathanson
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $47

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