Our Programming Director, Mandy Tadych, loves to shop at the fair. She’s been scouring the fair grounds for some awesome local small businesses that you can check out even when the fair is over.
The Holly House Boutique
Northern Pine Co.
The food at the fair really takes the spotlight out at the Great Minnesota Get Together. But it really is the people that make the Minnesota State Fair shine. Kelli takes us inside the food building to meet the granny’s of Granny’s Apples.
It’s the age old battle of the dogs – what’s better…corn dogs or pronto pups? Kristing Haubrich heads out to the crowds to finally put this question to rest!
Minnesota artist, Kickliy, painted dozens of sketches from the fairgrounds last year. This year he is focusing on food.
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Many people head up north to a cabin our book a week at a resort for vacation. Then there are others who are a true fair fanatic that take vacation to work at the fair.
Our fair insider, Mike Marcotte has shared expert advice for enjoying the fairgrounds. He turned to others for tips too, like what celebrity chefs favorite fair foods are.
There is a mobile body bling studio that rolled into the fair on retro wheels called, “The Glitter Glamper!” Kristin Haubrich takes us to the glampground.
Five on the Farm has checked out a bunch of animals at the fair and of course we have to check out the cows! Doris Mold, the Milking Parlor and Moo Booth Superintendent, stopped by to give Ben and Elizabeth a lesson on milking cows.
It’s a Fair Edition of Free For All Friday.
Adventure, science and fun collide in a brand new interactive attraction at the state fair.
The Hamline Church Dining Hall is an institution on the fairgrounds and this year they’re celebrating 125 years! Reporters Kelli and Kristin were put to work!
Ben and Elizabeth put two viewers up against each other for our Sweet Martha’s Cookie Olympics.
It’s time for some members of the 5 Eyewitness News team to put the baking skills to the test. Anchor Paul Folger, Meteorologist Matt Serwe, and Investigative Reporter Kirsten Swanson each baked a pie hoping to walk away with bragging rights!
The winning pie was Kirsten Swanson. Here is the recipe.
Apple Green-Chile Pie With Cheddar...
State Fair Officials announced the Best of the 2022 State Fair. Fair Insider Mike Marcotte has a roundup of the award winners.
Two students with 4H stop by with their alpacas.
Our Favorite Blue Ribbon Baker, Marjorie Johnson, is still entering baked goods at the fair at 103 years old. She stops by to check in with us.
If you have food allergies, the Minnesota State Fair can be a scary place to be sampling food. Now, more and more vendors are making sure they are offering gluten free options. Kelli shows us three spots to hit up.
When you are out at the great Minnesota get together we know it’s not what you are doing but who are you are doing it with. So we are combining one of our favorite segments with one of our favorite people its Drinks with Drew….With Dez. Drew is here to tell us the 5 best places to have a drink at the fair with Friends
A few times a week, you can hear Ben Leber on the Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN. He invited all they guys, Chris Hawkey, Paul “Meatsauce” Lambert, and Cory Cove, over to chat and eat a little.
Former WWE Tag Team Champions, Alpha Academy Chad Gable and Otis, join us out at the fair to tell us about their upcoming show at the Xcel. WWE Monday Night Raw is at Xcel Energy Center on Monday, October 3rd. For more information, click here.
Minnesota ranks number 10 in beef exports in the United States. Reporter Kristin Haubrich heads over to the Minnesota Beef Council’s booth in the Dairy Building to find out more.
Our Fair Insider Mike Marcotte finds out the foods that the Fair Employees recommend.
Two dogs from North Star Therapy Animals – Siberian Husky Myshkin and Wheaton Terrior Cooper, show off their skills for us.
Interior Designer Susie Ries shows off some of her favorite finds at the fair.
There is shopping to be had on the fairgrounds. Kelli shows us around Nordic Ware’s new spot on the lower level of the Grandstand.
If you have never been inside the Dairy Building, you are really missing out. Besides the shakes and malts you can find there, you have to check out the butter heads! Butter carver, Gerry Kulzer, hangs out in a chilly 40 degree cooler for hours carving out the head of Princess Kay!
Husband and wife duo, Rob and Miss Jane, are entertaining fair-goers whith a fast-paced interactive circus comedy show. TCL Reporter Kristin Haubrich caught up with the couple behind Allez Oops.
Mike Patterson is a pork farmer that we’ve had on the show many times cooking in our kitchen. He joins us from the Robert A. Christensen Pavilion to give us an up close and personal look at what the fair is like for a farmer who participates in the fair.
Some of the animals at the fair have actually given birth here. Brand new baby goats from The Miracle of Birth Center at the fair stop by.
We’re in the middle of 12 Days of Fair Fun! What if you lived closer to all the action? Julie and Daniel Desrochers of Desrochers Realty Group and EXP Realty are here with a look at four homes in the area around the fairgrounds.