Here are some things to know about the 2002 Minnesota State Fair, which will be held Aug. 22-Sept. 2 at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights:
This year's fair features several new foods, including macaroni & cheese on a stick, jerk pork, mango chicken, the Blueberry Hill (lemon chiffon with blueberries on top of a pastry), seafood pitas, stromboli and chocolate dipped cookie tacos.
Doc Severinsen and the Minnesota Orchestra kick off the fair Aug. 22. That's followed by Alicia Keys Aug. 23, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood Aug. 24, Shaggy with Rayvon Aug. 25, Elvis-The Concert Aug. 26, Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Aug. 27, Billy Ray Cyrus with The Bellamy Brothers Aug. 28; Newsboys with NewSong and Go Fish Aug. 29, REO Speedwagon and Styx Aug. 30, and Poison with Slave Raider Aug. 31.
Some of the more unusual exhibits and attractions include the NBA Jam Van, Extreme High Diving Team in Mermaids and Mariners, Teen Fair, Robot Combat, Miracle of Birth Center and Charmin Ultra Restroom.
This year's Midway features three new rides: Tango, Crazy Dance and DownDraft. Four new rides are featured at the Kidway: Monkey Mayhem, Lady Bug, Pony Cart and Star Dancer.
Entrance gates are open between 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (except on Labor Day, when the gates close at 9 p.m.). The cost is $8 for adults 13-64 and $7 for both seniors 65 and older and youths 5-12. Children younger than 5 get in free.
On the Net:
Minnesota State Fair: http://www.mnstatefair.org
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