Daily Schedule Highlights — Thursday, August 29th, 2019

One last mid-week day to enjoy traditionally smaller crowds at the Fair, and then it’s on to the home stretch for the big holiday weekend. Thursday is Seniors Day at the Fair, but there are also discounts on Midway and Kidway rides to thrill Fairgoers of all ages.

Below is a selection of what we think is most worthy of checking out on Day Eight; for a full daily schedule, visit the Minnesota State Fair official site at http://www.mnstatefair.org:

  • 9:00-11:00am: NPR’s “1A” (MPR Booth) — Joshua Johnson brings his nationally-broadcast program 1A to the State Fair, including a live interview with Governor Tim Walz.
  • 10:00am: Interview with Senator Tina Smith (Star Tribune Stage) — Star Tribune editorial writer sits down for an interview with Tina Smith, the first of four political interviews conducted at the Fair today.
  • 10:00am and 11:00am: The Raptor Center (University of Minnesota Stage) — birds of prey will be on display as the incomparable Raptor Center puts on a show of birds in their care.
  • 10:45am, 12:00pm and 1:15pm: Dirty Shorts Brass Band (International Bazaar Stage) — comprised of nine members, this New Orleans-style brass band’s high energy performance will have you dancing in the aisles.
  • 11:00am: Interview with Representative Angie Craig (Star Tribune Stage) — Star Tribune editorial writer sits down for an interview with US Representative Angie Craig.
  • 11:00-11:30am: Rooster Crowing Contest Finals (Sheep & Poultry Barn) — owners will do everything they can to elicit a crow out of their rooster partner, including dancing, silly faces and more, in what should be a highly entertaining spectacle.
  • 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm: Raptor Displays and Flying Demonstrations (DNR Building Garden Stage) — 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.
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Minnesota Opera (MPR Booth) — come hear a special performance by members of the Minnesota Opera as they perform selections that preview their upcoming season.
  • 12:20pm: Agrilympics: Celebrity Butter Carving Contest (Moo Booth) — local celebrities have 20 minutes to turn their block of butter into the most artistic creation they can manage in the 17th annual edition of this competition.
  • 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: Interview with Representative Dean Phillips (Star Tribune Stage) — Star Tribune editorial writer sits down for an interview with US Representative Dean Phillips.
  • 2:00pm: Interview with Representative Tom Emmer (Star Tribune Stage) — Star Tribune editorial writer sits down for an interview with US Representative Tom Emmer.
  • 3:00pm: Trivia Mafia (Star Tribune Stage) — play a game of team trivia with questions pulled from the Star Tribune’s archives for fantastic prizes.
  • 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm: Pushing Chain (West End Market) — Folk and honky-tonk music from Northern Minnesota, from a band that has been performing together for over 20 years.
  • 4:30pm: Llama Obstacle Course (Compeer Arena) — watch the action while handlers lead notoriously stubborn llamas through a complicated obstacle course in one of the Fair’s marquee events. Yes, seriously.
  • 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.
  • 7:30pm: Logic with special guest Prof (Grandstand) — Logic, the Grammy-nominated buzzworthy rapper, pairs up with Prof, a Twin Cities hip hop star, for a high-energy performance on the large Grandstand stage.
  • 8:00pm: iLLism (International Bazaar) — this Twin Cities husband and wife rap and R&B duo promise a powerful performance that reflects their personal journeys.
  • 8:00pm: Pert Near Sandstone (West End Market) — fans of bluegrass and string music cannot miss this performance by these local cult favorites. Be prepared to jam out and dance around to this hootin’, hollerin’, pickin’ great six piece band. Their live shows are legendary, so be sure to get there early for a front row seat!
  • 8:30pm: One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & The Works (Leinie Lodge Bandshell) — hailing from Britain, Gary Mullen and his band bring their Queen tribute act to the Fair, billed as the world’s premiere tribute to the iconic band.
  • 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 2019 Minnesota State Fair, Daily Schedule Highlights

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