Good luck dodging the crowds on Saturday; today is historically the busiest day of the Fair. Last-minute Fairgoers are looking to get in as much of the Fair as they can pack in. It will feel at times like the entire state decided to go to the Fair today. However, if you can avoid feeling packed in like a tuna, there’s a lot of fun that can be had on a big Saturday at the Fair, so make the most of it, embrace your neighbors, and enjoy the Great Minnesota Get-Together!
Below is a selection of what we think is most worthy of checking out on Day Ten; for a full daily schedule, visit the Minnesota State Fair official site at http://www.mnstatefair.org:
- 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm: Animal Inn Junior Showmanship (Pet Pavilions) — kids aged 8-18 will compete in handling their canine companions around a show ring and through an agility course.
- 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.
- 11:30am-2:15pm: Minnesota Americana-Roots Band Contest (West End Market) — bands in the old-timey genre of roots music compete on stage for cash prizes and notoriety, providing spectators with an entertaining show of talented musicians.
- 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: Trivia Mafia (Star Tribune Stage) — play a game of team trivia with questions pulled from the Star Tribune’s archives for fantastic prizes.
- 2:30pm: Milk Chug-A-Lug Contest (Moo Booth) — an old-fashioned milk chugging contest will dazzle (and gross out) spectators as contestants compete in three different age divisions to see how much of the dairy product they can down quickly.
- 3:15pm, 4:30pm and 5:45pm: Patrick Adams (International Bazaar) — blending soul, gospel, R&B and funk, this singer-songwriter will entertain audiences with his variety of genres.
- 3:30pm and 4:45pm: Lucky Chops (Leinie Lodge Bandshell) — dance along to this high-energy brass band known for their flashy performances.
- 4:30pm: Dwynell Roland (MPR Booth) — join The Current for a live interview and performance with Dwynell Roland, one of the Twin Cities most buzzworthy up and coming rappers.
- 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.
- 6:30pm: Brandi Carlile with special guests Mavis Staples and Savannah Conley (Grandstand) — Folk-rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will bring her powerful vocals and stunning lyrics to the Grandstand stage, along with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples and emerging singer-songwriter Savannah Conley.
- 8:00pm: First Avenue Goes To The Fair (West End Market) — the Schell’s Stage takeover continues for it’s second night with an all-new lineup of incredible local musicians. Saturday night’s performers include indie-pop luminary Haley, hip-hop showman deM atlaS, and local rap elder statesman Brother Ali. Surprises are sure to be in store for what will be another incredible night of top-tier local music.
- 8:00pm: Malamanya (International Bazaar) — this diverse group of musicians will bring Latin and Caribbean flair to the Bazaar stage.
- 8:30pm: Tony! Toni! Toné (Leinie Lodge Bandshell) — these 90s R&B hit-makers will delight the audience with their recognizable songs, both upbeat and soulful classics that highlight their many talents.
- 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.