Minnesota State Fair starts Thursday, Aug. 24

The 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together begins on Thursday, Aug. 24, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 4.

This year’s 12 days of fun feature dozens of new attractions, exhibits and foods; a variety of discounts and special deal days; numerous special events; hundreds of free live music and entertainment acts; and many options for getting to the fair.

New attractions, exhibits, food
Several new attractions make their State Fair debut in 2017, including the 156-foot-tall Great Big Wheel; the Veranda, a new shop-eat-sip destination on the west side of the Grandstand’s upper level; The Great Minnesota Knit Together with Minnesota’s largest yarnbomb – located on the Grandstand Ramp; an Evening with Equine on Aug. 29; Ramberg Center Relax and Recharge Station; and more. Visit mnstatefair.org/find/new-attractions/ for descriptions and photos of all new attractions and exhibits.

Thirty-one new foods and five new food vendors have been added to the fair’s list of more than 500 food options. Visit mnstatefair.org/find/new-food/ for descriptions of this year’s new fare at the fair.

The 2017 free entertainment lineup features more than 900 shows – all free with the price of State Fair admission. Visit mnstatefair.org/entertainment/free_entertainment.html for the complete lineup.

The historic State Fair Grandstand is home to 11 nights of big-name entertainment from Stevie Nicks to Toby Keith. Tickets are available through Etix at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849. Visit mnstatefair.org/entertainment/grandstand.html for the complete 2017 Grandstand Concert Series lineup.

A nightly Fireworks Spectacular follows each grandstand show, weather permitting.

Military Appreciation Day is Tuesday, Aug. 29, when the Minnesota State Fair honors the nation’s heroes with admission discounts and special events throughout the day. This year, the seventh annual Military Appreciation Day highlights the 100th anniversary of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a ceremony at the Veterans Garden on the south side of the Agriculture Horticulture Building. It is followed at 9:45 a.m. with an opening ceremony flag-raising program at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell and the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Helicopter Flyover.

Open class, 4-H and FFA competition judging takes place throughout the fair. For more information on when judging is taking place and where to see the animals, visit mnstatefair.org/competition/judging_schedule.html or see a daily schedule for each day’s livestock and horse events.

Visit mnstatefair.org for more information.