The fairgrounds in Falcon Heights come alive this week with preparations for the big get-together that starts Thursday. The Associated Press also offers this lowdown that highlights what's new this year.
Here's a more comprehensive look at the new foods.
The grandstand act on opening night features Bonnie Raitt, but you also may spot the Grammy-winner wandering the grounds, drinking in the State Fair atmosphere.
Navigating the crowds is part of the State Fair experience. But it won't happen at the frenetic pace of this time-lapse video of scenes from last year's Fair.