What to do Friday at the Minnesota State Fair

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Aug. 27—Friday, Aug. 27

Today's Deals: Early Bird Specials are offered until 1 p.m. on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides and games.

Governor's Fire Prevention Day at Dan Patch Park (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): The annual Governor's Fire Prevention Day is the largest fire-prevention education event in the world. Opportunities for families include learning about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, proper use of a fire extinguisher, and how to prepare for an emergency, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. Activities take place at Dan Patch Park, the North End and DNR Park. Presented by the Governor's Council on Fire Prevention and Control.

Fire-prevention focus at the DNR Building and Park (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): Climb the Fire Tower (9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting), visit the Fire Prevention Building to learn about firefighting equipment and the impact of fires (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and meet Smokey Bear at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Flag-Raising Ceremony at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell (10:10-10:30 a.m.): The Governor's Council on Fire Prevention and Control, firefighters from around the state and a pipe and drum team lead the State Fair's flag-raising ceremony.

The full daily schedule is available at the State Fair information booths or online at mnstatefair.org. Beyond the butterheads, barns and corn dogs, here are ...

THREE TO SEE (ideas for your day at the Fair)

To Bee: With bee-friendly gardens popping up all over, you might want to get the buzz on these little honeys. "Looking inside the hive" will be presented at the Bee and Honey Exhibit in the Ag-Hort Building at 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

It's melting! Melting! — There's an 18,000-pound block of ice in the Eco Experience building. How long until it melts? Check out the dripping progress on return visits to the Fair.

Plow your way to the Old Iron Show — If you miss the tractors of yore on Machinery Hill, you can see farm equipment — antiques now, but still operational. They're on Lee Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets.

Music at the Fair

In the Grandstand: Budding country star Maren Morris first played the Grandstand in 2018, when she opened for One Direction's Niall Horan. Now she's back as a headliner with support from Noah Schnacky and Patrick Murphy. 7:30 p.m.; $65-$40.

Free at the Fair: Local favorites Davina and the Vagabonds specialize in acoustic blues and soulful vocals and perform both classic covers and original songs. 8 p.m.; Schell's Stage at Schilling Amphitheater.


Attendance at the Fair on Thursday will be reported this afternoon.

The attendance record for the Fair on opening day was 133,326, set in 2019.