News on a stick: Your daily bite-size serving of Minnesota State Fair

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A quick look at what’s happened – and what’s coming up – at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Garrison Keillor gave hints during his hosting of "A Prairie Home Companion" at the State Fair Grandstand that this could be his last year at the fair, ahead of his retirement next summer. The Star Tribune has more.

If you're a fair buff, then test your knowledge with this Pioneer Press photo quiz to see if you know your way around the fairground.

Allowing brewpubs to sell their products at the State Fair for the first time has made the event a "vanguard for beer," – MinnPost looks at the background.

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What’s on tap: FFA Day

All day: Barns and AgStar Arena will be judging FFA livestock and programs.

7:30 p.m: The Avett Brothers perform at the Grandstand. You can buy tickets here.

9:15 p.m: Lasertainment's Laser Hitz Show, on Cosgrove St. east of the Family Fair.

Note: Expect it to be busy – the last Saturday of the State Fair has historically had the highest attendance.

See today's full schedule here.

Today’s State Fair forecast

Hot and humid. A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Hennepin and Ramsey counties warning that temperatures will hit 89, with the heat index between 94 and 98.

There will be showers and thunderstorms before 10 a.m. Tonight there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 p.m.

Click here for a full forecast.

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