Kevin Doran & 5 at the Fair: Day 1

Kevin Doran spent the first day at Minnesota’s Big Gathering looking for interesting attractions, unique events, and delicious fair trade food!

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Kevin Doran talks to Mike Marcotte, executive producer of Minnesota Live, who got advice on some great experiences and offers at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair.

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What happens at the KSTP building

Kevin shows what’s going on inside the KSTP building at this year’s fair.

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STEM Day at the Show

Kevin and Graeme Wyllie, a chemistry professor at Concordia College, conduct a live experiment demonstrating a simple chemical reaction.

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The North American Classic Cart Series

The North American Classic Cart series features a driver in a gleaming cart putting a workhorse (or team of horses) to the test as a single unit. Each entry competes for a share of $5,000 in prize money. The Minnesota State Fair Horse Show invited a list of top finalists from the Central Region, encompassing 12 states and central Canada. The Classic Cart Series is a program of the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series. The schedule can be found here.

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The historic Minnesota DNR building

The historic Minnesota DNR building is a landmark that has made memories for many generations. It includes an outdoor fish pond, outdoor exhibits and a variety of live music – all free! Check out our 2022 event list here.

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Fried fruits and fried olives on a stick

Fried Fruit & Fried Olives is a food stand located just west of Nelson Street, just south of the grandstand. Kevin spoke with its owner, Carol Helmer, about his bestsellers and the impact of worker and supply shortages on the business – they had to order supplies earlier than usual this year to ensure that they arrive in time for the fair. Click here to learn more about fried fruit and fried olives.

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