A free show State Fair officials call ‘a hidden gem’

Check out History On-A-Schtick, a daily, 30 minute show that teaches you about important figures in Minnesota's history. But this isn't a lecture. And State Fair officials say it's highly underrated. Plus, learn about an app that'll help you find the closest pronto pup when you're on the Fairgrounds.  

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The best ways to get to the State Fair

Make sure to plan ahead for how you'll get to the Minnesota State Fair. I was on KSTP's Twin Cities Live with advice. There are over 30 free park and ride lots are near the Fairgrounds. Be careful: they fill up fast. Check the State Fair's Twitter page before you head out to see if…Read more The best ways to get to the State Fair

You Betcha: Brush up on your Minnesota slang

As you'll see in the movies Fargo and Drop Dead Gorgeous, Minnesotans are known for elongating the letters a and o (booat, baaag). But if you want to sound more like a native, use these terms: 94, 35W, 62 = Highways/interstates (don't say, 'I-494', or 'Interstate 35 West') Aquatennial = The summer festival for the city of Minneapolis…Read more You Betcha: Brush up on your Minnesota slang

‘Carousel Park’ no more: what’s changing at the Minnesota State Fair for 2017

Today, August 7, was the first day in the Minnesota State Fair's "lockdown." Guards are positioned at entrances as vendors really gear up to get their booths ready for the expected 1.9 million people expected attend the 2017 Great Minnesota Get Together, which starts Thursday, August 24. Before you head out the Fair this year,…Read more ‘Carousel Park’ no more: what’s changing at the Minnesota State Fair for 2017

You can eat new State Fair foods before the Fair even starts

It's not the most publicized, but it's truly a fun night. And it'll make your friends jealous. Every year on the Thursday before the Minnesota State Fair starts, traditional and new Fair food vendors gather in the International Bazaar for an event called Taste of the Fair. And you can attend. In addition to the…Read more You can eat new State Fair foods before the Fair even starts

The hidden grocery store at the Minnesota State Fair

Need a couple aspirin after a Midway ride or did the deep-fried candy bar give you some heartburn? There's a place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds that can help. Welcome to Steichen's Grocery Store and Deli. It's really hidden. If you're at the All You Can Drink Milk booth, head north toward the Grandstand and…Read more The hidden grocery store at the Minnesota State Fair

Best ways to stay hydrated and cool at the Minnesota State Fair

In 2016, I appeared on KSTP-TV's Twin Cities Live at the Minnesota State Fair to share the scoop on how to stay cool and hydrated at the Great Minnesota Get Together without spending all of your cash! Note: the information in this story was accurate for the 2016 Minnesota State Fair and sometimes things change.…Read more Best ways to stay hydrated and cool at the Minnesota State Fair