For the first time in it's nearly 150 year history, the Minnesota State Fair is being covered via drone. Check out all the different shopping you can do while enjoying your deep fried treats! INFORMATION ON THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR - What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood. Today, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The fair attracts more than 1.9 million guests annually. Located mid-way between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the 320-acre Minnesota State Fairgrounds is renowned for its beautiful gardens and architecture reflecting the art deco and Works Progress Administration eras. Hundreds of events are held on the fairgrounds throughout the year during the non-fair time, including horse and livestock competitions, merchandise sales, expositions, car shows and more. This end-of-summer tradition is always held the 12 days leading up to and through Labor Day. The 2017 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 24 - Sept. 4.