Top 5 Ways to Stay Healthy at the Fair


1.Healthy Food Options

Fruit (fresh) on-a-stick; Veggie Pie – Food Building; Caribbean Fruit Smoothie – Liggett St.

JonnyPops (frozen fruit bars) on-a-stick – West End Market

Vegie Fries on-a-stick – Dan Patch Ave.

Vegetable Kabobs on-a-stick – Dan Patch Ave.

2. History Walking Tour – Multiple Days

Embark on this free, self-guided tour to discover State Fair history, presented by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society. We’ve added three new stops in 2015: Ye Old Mill celebrates its 100th year at the State Fair; the half-century-old Skyride, a 70-foot-high gondola ride with a bird’s-eye-view of the fairgrounds; and the Dairy Building, built in 1967 and now home to the famous butter sculptures, milkshakes, merchants and more. Pick up a brochure at any of the 12 stops on the fairgrounds.

3. Check out Health Fair 11

14 organizations provide free or low-cost health checks, info, fun activities and giveaways. Blood pressure checks, flu shots, hearing assessments, blood typing, memory-loss evaluations, blood glucose checks. Learn hand-only CPR and about a newborn screening program, pick up a list of gluten-free food options at the fair. Plus food allergy and poison safety education and face-to-face consultations on the MNSure health insurance program. Rest, relax and charge your electronics and phones.

Crossroads Building

4. Wiser Living  – Multiple Days

One-stop browsing for smart solutions and innovative products and services to stay active, involved and independent. On the street level of the 4-H Building.

4-H Building

5. Figure Skating

The artistry and athleticism of wintertime’s most glamorous sport come to the fair to celebrate Saint Paul’s hosting of the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Olympic Gold Medalist and World Figure Skating Champion Kristi Yamaguchi and national figure skater, choreographer and Minnesota native Rohene Ward will sign autographs and answer fan questions. Local figure skating clubs will perform on a plastic ice sheet and an ice carver will create a figure skating masterpiece. Meet U.S. Figure Skating mascot Snowplow Sam, take “Kiss & Cry” selfies, play games and register to win prizes. The 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are Jan. 15-24 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.

Carousel Park. Mon, Aug 31

Find your own fun at the fair using:


Survive the Thunderstorms this Weekend – Aug 21-23

It is going to be a rainy weekend – treat yourself to a hot class indoors at one of the top fitness studios in the Twin Cities.

Here are a few of our favorites:


  1. The Firm

Cycling, Crossfit, Yoga – all under one roof. Plus – first week is free.

     2. Alchemy

Alchemy is group fitness transformed. Combining the best of yoga, strength training, and high intensity conditioning, Alchemy provides an unmatched group fitness experience. This complete fitness program can be customized to the needs of any individual, regardless of background, experience, or injury and will yield noticeable and measurable results. At Alchemy, we believe that fitness changes lives and aim to facilitate those transformations in our local communities.

First class is only $10!

     3. Studio ME

New class alert! Need a jump start to your training program? Participate in high intensity interval training exercises in this 8 week program. This short duration, but high intensity interval training (HIIT) creates a prolonged afterburn, or EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption). This type of training causes the body to take longer to return to its state of rest, so it continues to burn calories (5x more) at a higher rate long after the workout session has completed. Put simply, a 4-minute Tabata Bootcamp™ workout can reap the same benefits as a longer but steady workout, like running for a half hour. We will use equipment such as the WaterRower, plyometrics and weight training to increase cardio and muscular endurance all while blasting away that stubborn fat.

First class if free for new members!

     4. Surge Cycling

At Surge Cycling, we’ve formulated the finest indoor cycling experience in Minneapolis.

Prepare for the sweatiest, heart-pumping and entertaining workout in St. Louis Park and the greater Twin Cities

     5. Hot Sculpt

Heat Yoga Studio is a community based studio offering heated and non-heated yoga classes for students of all levels. Our diverse program includes classes like HOT Yoga (104-105 Degrees), Intermediate (98-100 Degrees), Restorative Yoga (No Heat), Gentle Flow (Warm), Rocket, Broga and Yoga Sculpt. We begin bright and early for those who practice before work and hold classes conveniently 7 days per week. Heat Yoga is committed to providing high quality instruction in a welcoming, loving and respectful environment. Whether you’re looking for a good sweat, deep stretch or a mental recovery flow there’s something for everyone.

Kick butt and try something new this weekend!

Weekend Top Five! August 15/16


Run for the Melon 5K/10K Walk/Run Race

Saturday, August 15

The Run for the Melon 5K and 10K Walk/ Run is located on the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Vining, Minnesota. The race course takes the participant through the rural Otter Tail County countryside with rolling hills, lakes and fields of fresh cut alfalfa and grain fields as a back drop.


Yoga at Tettegouche State Park

Free – Wednesday mornings

Namaste! Tettegouche State Park held its first FREE Lake Superior yoga session this morning, and will continue to offer free Wednesday morning sessions for 8 weeks.

The class consists of gentle postures and slow movements to help the body get back in balance. A mat, blanket and water bottle are recommended. The sessions are led by Kim Josephson, a RYT500 and Certified Yoga Therapist from the International Yoga Institute Yoga North.

Next week’s event details:

Passport Club Challenge

Free – Hike at your own pace.

This is a fantastic way to get outdoors all season long, plus an inspiring story!

Congrats to Sue and Olive for camping and/or hiking in all of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, A-Z, and completing the Passport Club!

a to z

Cyclists of Gichee Gumee Shores – COGGS

Duluth Traverse Trail

Free – Bike at your own base

The Duluth Traverse Trail recently received International recognition. Get on your mountain back and day trip.

Tonka Paparazzi

Big Island and Back Paddle

Saturday, August 15

Big Island and Back paddle event Saturday, August 15th presented by Excelsior Brewing Company. Get a canoe, kayak or paddleboard, start at Excelsior Beach and enjoy a friendly race around Big Island. All ages, any skill level. After party, door prizes, awards and music at Excelsior Brewery. Register at Proceeds benefit ICA Food Shelf and Freshwater Society. Don’t miss this one!

Our 5K Picks for this Weekend.

1.August 8th, 2015 – St. Paul

The inaugural BIG 5K RACE  is a  fun exciting community event which includes entertainment, FABULOUS prizes and GREAT food. This is an event for all ages- bring the entire family. You may run or walk and watch the kids run too. Got a little one who is too young to run? There is a day care for them so you can participate!

2. August 8th, 2015 – Minneapolis

Join us with a run/walk around beautiful Lake Calhoun in support of Muscular Dystrophy!  Rock the Pavement  is put on by the The Greg Marzolf Jr. Foundation and donates 100% of proceeds to The University of Minnesota Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center. Rock the Pavement to end Muscular Dystrophy!

3. August 8th, 2015 – Duluth

Get ready to Run Like An Animal on Saturday August 8th.  This 5k fun run and walk is the only time you are allowed to run wild through the zoo!  Everyone from serious trail runners to families love this event. Come as you favorite animal or dress as your perfect self and support the zoo.  Afterwards, Party Like An Animal with prizes, refreshments, entertainment, zoo animals and more!

4. August 8th, 2015 – Chaska

Head 4 Awareness is a 5K Run for Concussion Awareness. This event raises awareness for youth concussion, the 5k Run/Walk course is through the beautiful, paved trails of Chaska. There will be a water stop at the half way point.

5. August 9th, 2015 – White Bear Lake

The Pine Tree Apple benefits cancer research at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The Pine Tree Run will be held around beautiful Birch Lake in White Bear Lake, MN. They are a great way for the… More whole family to actively participate in the Pine Tree weekend. The 10K Run, 5K races take place on a scenic, certified course and will be chip-timed. There is a Kids Fun Run which is 1/2 a mile for children 9 and under.