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Daily Performances During the Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Monday, September 7, 2020

11:45am | 2:30pm | 4:30pm

Norm Barnhart
Magic, Illusions, and Comedy

Norm Barnhart is a professional comic magician who has entertained audiences for more than 30 years. In 2007, Norm was named America's funniest Magician by the Family Entertainers Workshop. Norm's travels have taken him across the United States and around the world. His fun and humorous presentation encourages and uplifts, and his magic and comedy is amazing entertainment for the entire family! Visit Website

Thursday, August 27, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Syvers

The husband-wife indie-folk duo from Minneapolis, share in a love of finding the honest truth no matter the cost. As a staple of their shows, live-looping crossfades the studio composition process with the stage. With threads of samples, droning backdrops, and dripping vocals crafted on the fly, capturing these inspired moments will take a new form each time their mantra is exhaled. Visit Website

Friday, August 28, 2020

7:00pm

Mn Adult & Teen Challenge Choir

One of the most well-known and powerful ways the Mn Adult & Teen Challenge Choir reaches out to area churches and the community at large is through their Choir. Their past events include singing for the MN House of Representatives, singing the National Anthem at the Twins games, and special shows at conferences, outdoor events, and fairs. Visit Website

The 2020 Minnesota State Fair is Canceled

 

A message from Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer:

Dear Friends,

We’ve been working hard and doing our very best with preparations for the 2020 State Fair. The picture was cloudy in March, but things have cleared up considerably since then. Right now is the time of year when things need to really take off if we’re going to have a fair, but we can see that we’re out of runway and can’t get off the ground. There will be no State Fair this year.

Like everything during the past few months, it’s complex and difficult. The State Fair is built on a vast network of agriculturists, vendors, artists, entertainers, competitors, amusement operators, sponsors, State Fair staff and thousands more who always give their very best. They are the pillars of the fair, and almost all have been affected during the past two months. Some are doing okay, but many have eroded including some who provide our biggest and best programs. It’s a challenging time for our determined young people in youth agriculture programs. More and more livestock exhibitors, entertainers and attraction operators are concerned with going on the road this summer. Some commercial exhibitors are past their deadlines for getting products, and now there’s even a question of adequate supplies for food vendors. And many are having trouble finding people who are willing to work in crowds.

This will have a big impact on thousands of businesses and the tens of thousands of people whose talent, dedication and love bring the fair to life. We understand exactly what they’re going through because we’re going through the same thing.

We’ll face those challenges because the most important thing is your health. No one knows what things will be like at fair time, but we need to make decisions now based on what we know today, not how we hope things will be in August. And right now, all of the science says that if things go well, we’ll still be walking very carefully in three months. That’s far from ready to run a mass gathering marathon like the State Fair. Can you see social distancing on a Park & Ride bus, or at the Bandshell? One at a time on the Giant Slide? Can you imagine standing six feet apart in line for cookies? Me neither.

The State Fair needs to be a full-on celebration. That’s what makes it very special for so many of us, including young fair fan Addie who is 5 years old. She starts kindergarten this fall and she said, “I love the fair. There are a hundred things to do there. And it’s my birthday. It’s my favorite time of year.”

Millions of people love the fair just like Addie, even if it’s not their birthday. And that’s exactly why we can’t have a fair this year. We owe it to you now, and we owe it to posterity to give you the very best that we possibly can in a safe environment. By taking the tough road today, we guarantee that the fair’s future remains hopeful and bright.

A month ago, my good friend Carlos wrote, “If there’s no fair this year, it’s because they love us and want to see EVERYone next year.” He’s right. That’s the heart of the matter. We want to see you all for many years to come, when we can celebrate in true State Fair style.

So this isn’t a difficult decision. It’s the only decision. It’s the right thing to do. As we go through this strange summer, we’re extremely grateful for the understanding and support of everyone who makes the State Fair possible – especially the millions of fair fans from around the globe. The best thing we can all do right now is to help the world recover and heal. In the meantime, your team of State Fair pros is working hard to come back bigger, better, stronger and smarter in ‘21. We’ll see you next year at the Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together.”

Friday, August 28, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Joel Hanson

Joel Hanson is a Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning songwriter and singer. His years with the band PFR brought critical acclaim and a following that is still strong to this day. In the years after PFR, Joel has recorded three solo records and is about to release his fourth this spring. Joel serves as the Worship Pastor at Church Of The Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He is passionate about developing another generation of worship leaders and musicians. Visit Website

Saturday, August 29, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Wonderstate

Wonderstate is a Christian Electronic/Rock/Folk band from Central Minnesota. Connecting with listeners and their stories, they have a huge heart for the Father and His Children. Visit Website

Sunday, August 30, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Heart of the City Band

Since 1996, Heart of the City Ministries, a non-profit, Christian, multi-ethnic music ministry, has been sharing the Gospel and bringing a message, model, and experience of multi-ethnic worship and Biblical unity through the amazing talents of the Heart of the City Worship Band. Now, since 2018, they are continuing this mission through hosting stylistically and ethnically diverse concerts at the Heart of the City Music Factory in Anoka, Minnesota. In a time when divisions are increasing and becoming more entrenched, the need is great in both large and small ways to build bridges in the name of Jesus. The Heart of the City Band has 11 different ethnicities represented in it with its members coming from many different congregations of various Christian denominations. Their music reflects that diversity in style including Native American, East Indian, Gospel, Urban Contemporary, Reggae, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Modern Worship, Hymn styles and others. Visit Website

Monday, August 31, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Sara Renner

 

Sara Renner has shared her soulful blend of Gospel and Jazz music with diverse audiences in thousands of venues throughout the United States. Sara Renner is currently the Director of Contemporary Worship at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Sara’s passionate vocal delivery, the integrity of her message and her vulnerable and funny storytelling open up a rare window into the human soul. Visit Website

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Steve Duede Band

Steve is a gifted Music Pastor who has been on staff at Eagle Brook Church for the past fourteen years. The band performs a mix of old and new original material, along with a few of their own versions of classic songs such as Higher Ground. Visit Website

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Jon Russell

Jon Russell is a gifted singer and musician whose music inspires, uplifts, soothes the Soul, and refreshes the Spirit. Jon is the Worship Leader at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, Minnesota.  Visit Website

Thursday, September 3, 20120

1:00pm | 3:30pm

The Kingery Family 

 

The Kingery Family have enjoyed singing together for the past sixteen years. They sing primarily gospel bluegrass music while also incorporating fiddle, patriotic, Americana, and a Capella. Their combination of tight harmonies, uplifting songs, and family unity are sure to encourage. The Kingery Family's hope is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to point others to Him. Visit Website

Thursday, September 3, 2020

6:00pm

The Johnny Holm Band

Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as 'the pied piper' notices a lag. 'Never a dull moment' is never a more true description. Come listen to Johnny’s Story! Visit Website

Friday, September 4, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Natalie Cromwell

 

Natalie is a Worship Leader at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Her first project, entitled ‘The Reason’, was a huge success for her as an independent artist. Her title track charted on the radio in September of 2013 after only a couple of months of airplay. Since then, she has seen a large amount of success as an artist, performing at large Christian music festivals such as Joyful Noise and with artists such as Jamie Grace and For King and Country. Visit Website

Saaturday, September 5, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

The Benson Family

 

The Benson Family Singers are a family music group from Faribault, Minnesota. Peter and Rachelle, along with their four sons have a unique ministry consisting of barbershop, bluegrass, and gospel music. They specialize in tight, a cappella harmonies and also play a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, bass, violin, and mandolin. The Bensons use their music, humor, and message to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t miss this incredible family experience! Visit Website

Sunday, September 5, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Family Three

 

Family Three is a blindie-soulk (blues, indie, soul, and folk) band out of Minneapolis. Started by Tony, Tawny, and Taylor, the band has grown over the years to include anybody who loves playing music! So, sometimes you get Family Three and sometimes you get Family Nine! They competed in the State Fair Talent Contest in 2015 and found themselves at the top of the leader board! Visit Website

Monday, September 7, 2020

1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:00pm

Heart Song

 

Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus has been Heart Song’s passion for over 40 years. The band currently performs at nearly 30 venues annually and has performed at over 2000 venues since 1976. Heart Song has recorded 16 albums with the latest CD ”40 Years”. Visit Website

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