North Dakota, Are You Going To America’s 2nd Largest State Fair?
I knew the Minnesota State Fair was a monster but I had no idea that the Minnesota Fair is second only to the Great State of Texas! The rest of the state fairs ain't really even close to the top two. "The Big E" is billed as New England's Great State Fair.
It's known by all as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together"
- State Fair of Texas (2.25 million visitors)
- Minnesota State Fair (2 million visitors)
- The Big E (1.5 million visitors)
- The Great New York State Fair (1.2 million visitors)
- Tulsa State Fair (1.15 million visitors)
In comparison, the North Dakota State Fair has averaged over 310,000 people over the last few years. Not too shabby for our population base. It's probably because of the great entertainment we pull in...y'know, like Kid Rock.
Too soon with Kid Rock?
Unlike the country music-leaning ND State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair features a number of rock shows but also seems to lean a lot on nostalgia acts. They did throw the Zac Brown Band in the lineup for the country fans.
Food seems to be more of a focus too. The Twin Cities news organizations actually put together a roundup of all the new fair foods and rank them. They also feature all their new foods on their website. I'm not a foodie, so I'm not driving all that way for a fresh duck egg sandwich.
But what about mainstage entertainment?
Looking over the grandstand lineup nothing really knocked me over. Although Diana Ross may have got me Upside Down.
The Minnesota State Fair website is great because it also lists all the tiers of pricing.
Here's the 2022 Grandstand lineup
Thursday, August 25
Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, and Bush
Friday, August 26
Counting Crows and The Wallflowers
Saturday, August 27
Portugal. The Man and Manchester Orchestra
Sunday, August 28
Pitbull and Iggy Azalea
Monday, August 29
The Beach Boys, The Temptations, and Tower of Power
Tuesday, August 30
Wednesday, August 31
Florida Georgia Line
Thursday, September 1
REO Speedwagon and Styx
Friday, September 2
Zac Brown Band
Saturday, September 3
Sunday, September 4
MSF Amateur Talent Contest
Monday, September 5
Disney Princess- The Concert