Welcome to the Fairly Unbalanced Fair News Round-Up!
This feature will run daily during the Minnesota State Fair and feature the best of news articles, blogs, social media posts and more about the Fair from across the internet. Have an interesting item we missed? Send it to us at email@example.com
Last Saturday blew past the attendance record for the first Saturday of the Fair, breaking that record by 20,000 people with over 222,000 people making their way to the Fairgrounds to open the weekend. Could we be looking at a new overall attendance record, breaking the mark set just last year? Could the 2 million total visitors mark be finally surpassed? With two record attendance days out of three, it certainly seems possible. Here’s what people have been discussing about the Fair online today:
- The Star Tribune talks to people in the Eco Experience building about the economics of GOING GREEN and the potential to create jobs.
- Did you have trouble getting to the Fairgrounds with the record crowd on Saturday? You’re in GOOD COMPANY, as brand new Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tweeted out that he had to bail on his trip to the Fair due to a lack of parking. Win us a Super Bowl and I bet they’ll give you your own VIP spot next year, Kirk!
- Speaking of sports, three Minnesota Twins players tried their hand at BUTTER CARVING at the Fair on Friday. Miguel Sano later on hit a massive 460 foot home run, so either the butter was performance enhancing or he has a new pre-game tradition.
- The Growler has become an essential publication for navigating the crowded Minnesota craft brewery scene, and this extends to the CRAFT BEER OFFERINGS of the Fair. Their article gives a review of all 27 new beers at the Fair, a task that this individual reviewer couldn’t possibly pull off, or at least not while still typing up coherent sentences.
- Chris Reimenschneider’s review of Saturday night’s Trampled By Turtles show wasn’t published by press time for yesterday’s Fair News Round-Up (or presumably for yesterday’s paper either, perhaps since the show ran all the way up to 11pm), but it’s OUT NOW and spoiler alert: he liked the show. No surprise there. The real surprise is learning from his reporting that this was the best attended Minnesota act at the Grandstand since way back in 1993 when Bob Dylan played the Fair and the building had a larger capacity pre-renovation.
- The St. Paul Pioneer Press details what the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show is all about and how the EXCITING EVENT has captivated Coliseum audiences with an expanded schedule this year. You still have one more day to take in the action, with today being the final day until next year’s Fair to see these horses (and their human companions) compete in varied events. I caught the 6-horse hitch event on Friday, and there’s something captivating about seeing 66 horses pulling 11 wagons all in the arena at once, and the very attentive crowd all seemed to agree.