Eddie Hoeschen, 2, rode on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen's, of Duluth, shoulders as they walked through a thick crowd at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.

'Safety comes first': COVID-19 causes State Fair to be called off

Although the COVID-19 infection peak in Minnesota is expected in July, the threat of contagion killed this year's event, which draws hundreds of thousands from around the state.
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Scene at the Fair: Your best photos captured it all

September 5, 2019
When the cold winds and dull tones of winter have set in, Minnesotans can look back at the colorful, flavorful height of summer, captured on Instagram at #stfair19 in shades of cotton-candy pink, Sky-Glider blue, mustard yellow and dairy calico.
Perched safely on his grandpa Kevin Hoeschen’s shoulders, 2-year-old Eddie Hoeschen of Duluth peered out at maybe more people than he’s ever seen.
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We hit 2 million at State Fair again. Here's what made the difference this year.

September 6, 2019
Should we get used to 2 million? Or was the 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together a particularly good year? Three observations show how we got there this time.
Angie Dietel claimed her prize Tuesday at State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, with husband David at her side. Credit: Minnesota Lottery
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Lottery ticket purchase while picking up free T-shirt leads to $100K prize for State Fair visitor

September 4, 2019
She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
The sun rose above the main gate on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair in 2016, the year fair officials added bag checks at entrypoints.
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Minnesota State Fair will add metal detectors at entrance gates this year

January 20
The fair said the change, part of $10 million in upgrades planned for this year, will help maintain a "safe and secure environment."
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Scene at the Fair: A new view through an old lens

August 23, 2019
Portraits of fairgoers and workers using 1800s technology; tintype photography by Alex Kormann.
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Scene at the Fair: Roller coaster of emotions

August 23, 2019
From the thrill of the rollercoasters to the agony of dropped cookies we witnessed the ups and downs of a day at the State Fair.
Variety

Minnesota State Fair is canceled, but art exhibition will go on

July 8
Registration deadline for arts entries is July 27.
Coronavirus

Decision looms on whether to hold State Fair as board meets today

May 22
Fair officials declined to comment, while vendors remain nervous about their chances.