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:
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31
Daily deal: Today is kids day! $12 tickets for kids aged 5–12, plus, of course, Midway and Kidway specials all day
Today’s theme is also Library Day. Authors, world musicians, dance troupes, and more will be performing in Dan Patch Park Stage all day.
FOUR FOR FREE
DO: Minnesota authors and illustrators David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka have plenty of activities around their books “See The Cat” and “See The Dog.” 9 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Dan Patch Park
BUZZ: Do you want to grow a beard of bees? For 22 years, Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab will build a beard of live bees on the faces of a couple of brave volunteers. Watch him pull it off again: 1 p.m. @ Agriculture/Horticulture Building
DANCE: Monster Shop Bump’n has performed their acrobatics and breakdancing all over the world, and now they’re here! 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. @ Family Fair Stage (available every day of the Fair)
FREE SHOW OF THE DAY: Low Cut Connie blends western pop, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll. 8:30 p.m. (today and Thursday) @ Leinie Lodge Bandshell Stage
Florida Georgia Line with Bailey Zimmerman: Florida Georgia Line vocalists Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard met in 2008 when they were studying at Belmont University in Nashville and began performing together after they graduated. They had a smash success with the single “Cruise.” Nearly every one of Florida Georgia Line’s subsequent singles has gone platinum or better, including “Round Here,” “Stay,” “This Is How We Roll,” “H.O.L.Y.,” “Simple” and “Talk You Out of It.” Newcomer Bailey Zimmerman (“Fall in Love,” “Rock and a Hard Place”) opens. $106-$75.
Attendance at the Fair on Monday was 120,288.
The attendance record for the Fair on the first Monday was 144,504, set in 2017. Attendance in 2021 was 91,568; in 2019 it was 96,716.