Last year the "Great Minnesota Get Together" was cancelled.  They did have some drive through options for food and some exhibits, but nothing even close to what would have normally taken  place if the fair had happened normally.

So, even without the actual "go ahead" as far as large group activities go, the fair is already planning for later this Summer.  Let's all  hope that it will happen.  They are listing on their news release as "different scenarios" that they are looking into.  As to what those are, really, no idea.  But I'm sure we will find out sooner than later.

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The  fair is scheduled to happen August 26 through Labor Day, which is September 6th.  You can already order your tickets.  But there have been some comments like "why buy tickets now to an event that you don't even know will happen".  I get that.  But I feel like if there is an issue again (let's hope not) that there would be some sort of a refund situation.

Looks like the Grandstand entertainment is basically the same as it was supposed to be in 2020.  Tickets are available for those acts as well.

The fair obviously had some financial difficulty without the event being held last year, but they are moving forward with 2021.  General Manager, Jerry Hammer made this statement in the news release:

“From the day we canceled, our priority has been to ensure the future of the fair by holding our operation together,” said Hammer. “I cannot stress enough how critical our expert staff is to the success of the fair. They’re experienced pros, and there is no fair without them. Our staff is ready to go, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back together at the State Fair.”

He also stated that the fair gets no state funding, so revenue is brought in by other means. He hopes to see everyone back to the fair this year.  The Minnesota state fair is considered one of the best in the country.  So, that is something to be proud of, and let's continue the tradition.

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