Minnesota State Fair events for teens

Come see Minnesota’s best talent at the State Fair’s Amateur Talent Contest finals. Starting out with an average of 5,000 trying for the title, by the finals only 27 competitors are left.

Photo by Julie Nguyen

ThreeSixty reporters Matthew Trammel and Nathan Palm put together a list of events happening today through Labor Day at the fair of things they thought teens would especially enjoy, everything from proving your milk chugging skills to watching teens ride bulls to laughing at a ventriloquist comedian.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 — ShenaniGuns! Comedy Wild West Show

Law and disorder duke it out in this performance in a Texas town recreated by professional actors in period costumes, a life-sized set and audio and visual effects — and results in lots of laughs. The show is located east of Heritage Square and north of the Skyride and performs daily at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 — O.A.R., High School Rodeo

O.A.R. — The band, whose name is an acronym for “Of A Revolution,” plays a concert with special guests Slightly Stoopid and Brett Dennen. Concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Grandstand. Tickets cost $27.

High School Rodeo — See teens from across the state ride bulls, barrel race, bend poles, do chute dogging, saddle bronc riding and much more at the first ever Minnesota High School Rodeo Association appearance at the fair. The rodeo takes place in Warner Coliseum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Thursday, Sept. 3 — Fireworks

Each night, following the evening’s Grandstand show, the fair shoots off fireworks. No need to pay the price of admission to see things go boom, just head to St. Anthony Park or Como Park in St. Paul for a glimpse of the glory.

Friday, Sept. 4 — Butter Carve-O-Rama Contest

Show off your artistic skills at the Butter Carve-O-Rama contest. Awards are presented to three different age categories. The contest takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the Land O Lakes Stage in the Moo Booth.

Saturday, Sept. 5 — Milk Chug-A-Lug Contest

Have you ever attempted the gallon challenge — drinking a gallon of milk without throwing up? Now is your chance to compete against other milk-fanatical Minnesotans at the Milk Chug-A-Lug, which takes place at the Land O Lakes Stage at the Moo Booth at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 6 — Amateur Talent Contest finals

Come see Minnesota’s best talent at the State Fair’s Amateur Talent Contest finals. Starting out with an average of 5,000 trying for the title, by the finals only 27 competitors are left. See who made the cute in the open, teen and preteen divisions at 8 p.m. in the Grandstand. Free.

Monday, Sept. 7 — Jeff Dunham is so funny he can tell jokes with his mouth closed

End your fair experience by laughing to ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham, who’s had three specials on Comedy Central. The show takes place at the Grandstand at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.

For more information about fun things to do at the fair, check out the fair’s Fun Finder.

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