As the Minnesota State Fair rolls into it's final weekend, ending on Labor Day, reports are that attendance is down significantly, very likely due to the oppressive heat and humidity. If you can handle the weather, smaller crowds might be just what you're looking for.

The fair runs through Labor Day (September 2nd), with a $12 admission for adults, $10 for kids. with the under 5 crowd getting in for free. See the official State Fair website for special discounts & promotions.

Dozens of new attractions and exhibits make their State Fair debut in 2013, including a celebration of Minnesota’s performing arts featuring pop-up performances, a hands-on education center for horse enthusiasts, five new carnival rides, and a flower show spectacular.

Fifty new foods have been added to the fair’s list of more than 450 options. Several of the new choices including Lobster Macaroni & Cheese and Northwoods BBQ Taco can be found in the Food Building.

Grand Stand highlights include:

  • Train with Michael Franti & Spearhead on August 29th.
  • Tim McGraw on August 2nd.

Admission tickets, ride/game tickets, and Blue Ribbon Bargain Books are available at Cash Wise in St. Cloud and Waite Park.

Visit the official website of the Minnesota State Fair for all the 2013 information and schedules.