Daily Schedule Highlights – Friday, August 24th

After a wild opening to the Minnesota State Fair that saw very large crowds out enjoying perfect Fair weather on Day One, it’s time to shift our focus to Day Two and what’s on tap for the Fair’s first Friday! Friday, August 24th is Governor’s Fire Prevention Day, which frankly is one of the worst theme days of the Fair, but don’t let that detract you from what should be another gorgeous and fun-filled day at the Fair! Below is a selection of what we think is most worthy of checking out on Day Two; for a full daily schedule, visit the Minnesota State Fair official site at http://www.mnstatefair.org:

  • 9:00am-9:00pm: African Violet Society (Agriculture-Horticulture) — the flower shows in two of the exhibition halls inside the Agriculture-Horticulture Building rotate classes of flowers every two days of the Fair. The first two days of the Fair feature one of my favorites, the African Violet. Come see the stunning creations of Minnesotan horticulturalists arranging these flowers in accordance with judging criteria and check out who took home the coveted Blue Ribbons!
  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Twin Cities PBS Almanac with Host Cathy Wurzer (MPR Booth) — Almanac is the state’s pre-eminent public affairs program, airing on public television across the state since the mid-1980s. Their annual Fair broadcast may not weigh as heavily on the current events the show is known for covering, but this live taping is a lot of fun to watch, and they’ve been known to hand out prizes to attentive and smart audience members.
  • 11:00am and 1:00pm: University of Minnesota Raptor Center (AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion) — birds of prey will be on display as the incomparable Raptor Center puts on a show of birds in their care.
  • 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm: Raptor Displays and Flying Demonstrations (DNR Building Garden Stage) — if you didn’t get enough of the birds of prey during the Raptor Center’s event, make your way to the DNR Garden Stage for Last Chance Forever Conservancy’s raptor show, which they have presented at the Fair for many years running. Owls, falcons and hawks swoop over the crowd and the intelligent conservationists dazzle with facts about these majestic creatures.
  • 11:30am: Star Tribune Baseball Writer La Velle E. Neal Interviews Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey (Star Tribune Booth) — one of the country’s top baseball writers conducts a live interview with the head of the Twins front office at a critical point for the team that should be of great interest to baseball fans wanting to know what’s going on with the local team.
  • 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm: Miss Myra and the Moonshiners (West End Market) — 1920s style swing music on one of the Fair’s newest (and nicest) stages from a tight five-piece band performing standards and originals.
  • 12:00pm and 3:30pm: Mock Car Crash Scene Demonstration (Dan Patch Park) — public safety officials will show off the tools used to save lives in critical car crash situations in what promises to be an educational and suspenseful demonstration.
  • 12:30pm and 5:00pm: Sean Emery (Family Fair Stage) — this one is great for the kids, though usually the biggest laughs come from the adults in the audience. Sean Emery is a State Fair legend, performing his juggling act at the Family Fair Stage for decades. I can personally attest, after watching dozens of performances and doing a whole lot of growing up in the meantime, Emery’s act has never lost its luster.
  • 1:00pm: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s “Newsies” Cast Performance (Star Tribune Booth) — hear a selection of songs from the upcoming production of “Newsies” performed live, likely as confused on-lookers pass by the tiny Star Tribune Stage.
  • 2:00-3:00pm: MPR News Live Broadcast: Political Discussion & Debate (MPR Booth) — watch a live radio political discussion with US Senator Amy Klobuchar and State Representative Jim Newberger as they are interviewed about current events, and probably some lighter Fair-related subjects too.
  • 2:30pm: Agrilympics: Celebrity Milking Contest (Moo Booth at the Cattle Barn) — local celebrities compete to find out who can hand milk the most from their cow in a bizarre but fun competition.
  • 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm: Lisa Wenger Band (West End Market) — Soul, blues and rockabilly American roots music from a full band on the Schilling Amphitheater stage.
  • 3:15pm, 4:30pm and 5:45pm: Cafe Accordion Orchestra (International Bazaar) — check out how good a whole team of accordions can sound in tandem, even if the sound of one on its own can be cloying.
  • 4:00-8:00pm: The Current Live Broadcast with Special Guest Har Mar Superstar (MPR Booth) — Minneapolis’ dynamic music legend Har Mar Superstar will join The Current for their live broadcast, performing his unique style of sexy soul hits.
  • 6:00pm: Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest (Leinie Lodge Bandshell Stage) — watch as contestants in various age divisions compete for the opportunity to advance to the Talent Contest Finals, held Sunday, September 2nd in the Grandstand.
  • 8:00pm: The Last Revel (West End Market) — Bluegrass pickin’ and strummin’ meets gorgeous harmonies with this wonderful local up and coming band who recently opened for Trampled By Turtles for their July homecoming show in Duluth.
  • 9:15pm: Laser Encore’s Laser Hitz Show (Eco Experience) — lasers and music combine for a visual spectacle each night of the Fair, outside the Eco Experience building.
Categories 2018 Minnesota State Fair, Daily Schedule Highlights

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