Bonnie Raitt and Rascal Flatts to play at Minnesota State Fair

Alan Jackson, KISS and Motley Crue have also confirmed they will be part of the Grandstand Concert Series. The Great Minnesota Get-Together runs from August 23 through Labor Day.
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Alan Jackson, KISS and Motley Crue have also confirmed they will be part of the Grandstand Concert Series. The Great Minnesota Get-Together runs from August 23 through Labor Day.

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The rides, the politics, the sweaty teeming masses. And the food! Check out photos from the Great Minnesota Get-Together of 2012 on this Flickr photostream.