Minnesota State Fair

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340 COVID cases have been linked to the MN State Fair

About 1.3 million people attended the event over the 12 days.

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Stronger final weekend, but total State Fair attendance down 36%

Overall attendance just eked past 1.3 million, the lowest attendance since 1977.

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Police: Large group, armed man attempted to 'storm' State Fair entrance

The incident happened minutes after the ticket booths closed.

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Will MN State Fair attendance pick up for the final weekend?

Attendance has been below 90,000 five times this year — figures not seen in the past decade.

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MN State Fair reveals the 13 winners of this year's 'Best Awards'

This includes the top food vendors, commercial exhibitors, concessions and attractions.

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At the midway point, how is MN State Fair attendance stacking up?

Here's a look at how this year's numbers compare to the four most recent fairs.

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Michael McDonald abruptly pulls out of Doobie Bros. State Fair gig

The announcement came just hours before Tuesday's scheduled Grandstand show.

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2021 MN State Fair passes half a million guests in 5 days

This comes after Monday's attendance total wasn't far off from the 2019 number.

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Hundreds have gotten the COVID vaccine — and $100 — at MN State Fair

Those who get their first jab at the fair get a $100 Visa gift card on the spot.

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State Fair posts busiest day of 2021, but attendance remains low

Overall attendance so far is 60-70% of the numbers seen from 2016-19.

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Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best food options that avoid the crowds

Food writer Haley Nelson has been looking for foods off the beaten track.

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Line 3 protesters block entrance to DFL booth at MN State Fair

This coincided with a demonstration at the state capitol.

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MN State Fair sees sharp drop in attendance for opening day

The 2021 figure was less than half of opening day attendance in 2019.

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Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best vegetarian and vegan options

Our food writer Haley Nelson has identified some top meat-free options.

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Minnesota State Fair 2021: The best new foods

Our food writer Haley Nelson picks out her favorite new dishes at the State Fair.

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Minnesota State Fair during a pandemic: Does it feel any different?

Our food writer Haley Nelson hit the fair on the first day.

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Judge denies gun rights group's motion to allow state fair attendees to carry guns

A judge ruled against a request for a temporary injunction on the fair's weapon's ban, keeping it in place while the lawsuit proceeds.

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The 2021 Minnesota State Fair: Everything you need to know

From ticket prices to new foods to health protocols, we've got you covered.

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Two more groups withdraw from the Minnesota State Fair

The delta variant and the fair's COVID-19 policy are among the reasons groups are bowing out of the event.

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Big changes for 2 remaining church dining halls at this year's State Fair

The Hamline and Salem dining halls cited health and safety concerns.

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Family launches site selling apparel from popular State Fair food vendors

The Kerans say they're filling a void for those who want to represent their favorite State Fair vendors.

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Education Minnesota latest organization to exit State Fair

Many vendors and exhibitors will not be in attendance this year.