4. United States presidents like our State Fair too.
Some history buffs might know this, but in 1901 Teddy Roosevelt actually gave his “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” speech while he was serving as Vice President.
We’ve also had a lot of other presidents visit the Fair; Presidents Hayes, Kennedy, Coolidge, Eisenhower, Harding, and Taft have all visited the State Fair at one time in their life.
5. The lowest attended day is usually opening day.
In 2019, opening day at the Fair was at its record highest attendance with 133,326 people (122,695 in 2018), which doesn't come close to the average typical day at the Fair. That number is usually around 177,000 people. So if you're looking to beat the crowds and long lines try to go on the first Thursday.
6. Christina Aguilera has a special spot in State Fair History
In 2000, Christina Aguilera preformed to a sold out crowd at the Grandstand. This broke the all-time record for most tickets sold to a single Grandstand show. She currently still holds that record at 22,117 tickets sold.
7. No, you are not experiencing Déjà vu. There are actually two official Fair mascots.
Fairchild and Fairborne are the official Minnesota State Fair mascots and are related. Fairchild is Fairborne’s uncle, and they both can be seen daily throughout the fairgrounds. Want to be able to tell them apart? Here's a hint: One wears green stripes and the other wears blue.