Also, there are almost 300 food vendors (including plenty of new offerings in both food and beverage departments), concerts galore both at the Grandstand and at free stages around the Fair, more than 3,300 included-with-admission events, and plenty of exciting merchants and people-watching moments to pack into your day.
Here are some highlights for today:
MONDAY, Sept. 5 > Closing Day
Daily deal: It’s kids day, round 2 (electric boogaloo), which means $12 tickets for kids, along with Midway and Kidway specials all day. Plus, some vendors might have last-day specials available
Today’s theme is also Hmong Minnesota Day. Hmong singers, dancers, martial artists, community leaders and more from around the state will gather throughout the day in Dan Patch Park to celebrate culture and hope
FOUR FOR FREE
EARN A RIBBON: Get your own State Fair ribbon before heading back to school by completing an art hunt in the Fine Arts Exhibition Gallery. All day; available every day of the Fair
WATCH: The Minnesota Tango Society will show their moves. 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. @ Cosgrove Stage, outside the Education Building
ENTER THE STUDIO: At Studio: Here, one artist takes over the Fine Arts Center’s studio for a 12-hour day of artistic creation live at the Fair. Today, Kelsey Nagy will be working with ceramics. Artists on other days are using media like paint, paper quilling, printmaking, watercolor, and more. All day @ Fine Arts Center (available every day of the Fair)
FREE SHOW OF THE DAY: Close out the Fair with Latin dance orchestra Salsa del Soul. 7:30 p.m. @ International Bazaar Stage
Free kids day concert at 4 p.m.: The family-friendly event will features performances from B2wins, yo-yo master and juggler Mark Hayward and the singing sisters The Dollipops. No tickets are required for the show, where seating will be general admission.
Attendance at the Fair on Saturday was 249,490.
The attendance record for the Fair on the second Saturday was 270,426, set in 2018. Attendance in 2021 was 153,953.