Minnesota State Fair kicking off summer with Memorial Day weekend mini fair


GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Huge crowds on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair in 2017.

The Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday unveiled a Memorial Day weekend event that looks like a preview of post-pandemic possibilities at the fairgrounds.

While the fair's fate this summer remains unclear, officials unveiled a new walk-around "Kickoff to Summer at the Fair" for May 27-31. Tickets will be chosen by lottery and capped at 10,000 for seven time slots over five days.

The event will look a lot like a mini-State Fair with shopping, the Giant Slide, food, beer and live music on stages at the DNR Park, Visitors Plaza and Dan Patch Park. Guests will be required to wear masks, eat and drink only while seated, and follow all state guidelines.



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