Weekend Happenings

 Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five things to try in the area.

1. Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is back! One of largest and best-attended expositions in North America showcasing agriculture, art and industry, educational exhibits, hands-on experiences, competitions, carnival rides, shopping, and an amazing variety of food and drinks. Some of the grandstand headliners include Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, The Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Spinners, TL C and Shaggy, The Chainsmokers.

When: Aug. 26 – Sept. 6, 6 a.m. - midnight (10 p.m. on Labor Day).

Where: MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

Cost: Individual gate admission during the fair is $16 (pre-fair tickets $13). Seniors 65+ and kids 5-12 are $14. Children 4 and under are free.

2. Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show

Check out an exciting weekend including the pioneer power tractor pull, tractor rides, threshing, kids pedal pull, and stage entertainment which includes a variety of music such as country western, blue grass, folk music and more. Ford/Fordson Collectors will be back at the show after a 20-year hiatus.

When: Aug. 27 – 29, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Located 6 miles east of Le Sueur on Co. Rd. 26

Cost: $10 admission includes a souvenir show button for access to the entire event; free for children 12 and under; vendor prices vary.

3. Biking Through History: Bricks and Beer Tour

Explore how German immigrants helped build the Minnesota River Valley on bricks and beer. Discuss why Shakopee bricks are red and Chaska bricks are yellow. Stops include new pubs rekindling brewing traditions in both towns (beer samples available for purchase). Participants must bring their own bike and helmet and be able to ride a 15-mile loop at a leisurely pace with stops. This program is for ages 21+.

When: Aug. 28, 1 – 5 p.m.

Where: The Landing- MN River Heritage Park, 2187 Co. Rd. 101, Shakopee.

Cost: $15 and reservations are required.

More Info: Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. Visit www.threeriversparks.org.

4. Stiftungsfest

Join the town of Norwood Young America as they celebrate the oldest annual picnic in Minnesota. This three-day affair includes fun for everyone - parades, Bingo, rides, softball playoffs, dancing, singing contests, and so much more. The Big Tent entertainers for this year are Good For Gary, The Johnny Holm Band, Mitchell Hall and The Tennessee Trio, the Leon Olsen Band, and lots more.

When: Aug. 26 – 29

Where: Willkommen Memorial Park, 21 Main St. E., Norwood Young America

Cost: $6 admission. Free on Thursday and for ages 12 and under all weekend; $3 for ages 13-18 and for adults 80+.

5. Corn Dogs and Crop Art

Avoid the State Fair crowds and try your hand at making crop art with a selection of colorful seeds. Stop by the campfire to hand dip and fry your own hand-battered corn dog. This program is open to all ages; children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Aug. 28, 2 – 3 p.m.

Where: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria

Cost: $5 and reservations are required.

More Info: Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. Visit www.threeriversparks.org.

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