17 August 2016

The Great Minnesota Get-Together 2016

For the week of August 21, 2016

The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 25 through Labor Day. A preview of new foods, music, activities and discounts at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Guest: Brienna Schuette, Marketing & Communications Manager at the Minnesota State Fair

  • Part 1 – 14:41

    Part 1
    32 new foods will be added this year to a list of over 300 different foods. Schuette says the new foods “replicate, or are a microcosm of the larger food scene in Minneapolis-St. Paul.” Trends that popped up this year include bacon, macaroni and cheese, donuts and Spam. The fair is up to 80 foods that can be consumed “on-a-stick,” including the original stick food, the Pronto Pup which debuted at the fair in 1947. Some of the main musical attractions at the fair this year include, Dixie Chicks, Weezer, Bonnie Raitt, The Spinners and, making their nineteenth appearance at the fair, Alabama. .
  • Part 2 – 11:55

    Part 2
    Attendance records are on the rise over the past decade: The fair set its highest cumulative attendance record in 2014 and last year saw the largest attendance on Labor Day. While the attendance records have a lot to do with the weather, Schuette says an overall rise in the number of fair-goers can be attributed to the increase of park-and-rides and transit options and more convenient ways to get to the fair. Maps, schedules and more information on the Minnesota State Fair can be found at mnstatefair.org or calling 651-288-4400
    The State Fair also has an app available for free on the iPhone App Store or Google Play.
    Access Minnesota will be at the fair on Aug. 27 discussing the 2016 elections with University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Kathryn Pearson at 10 am and voter turnout with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon at 10:30 am.