Governor Walz proclaims Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair Aug. 31st


Aug. 29, 2021

Falcon Heights, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair’s tenth Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 31, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s military community. This year’s theme is honoring the service of the past, present, and future. 

“The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state’s veterans and military families,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, the Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General. Military Appreciation Day is presented by USAA (United Services Automobile Association) and coordinated by the Minnesota National Guard.

The Governor’s official proclamation of Military Appreciation Day commences at 10 a.m. at the Minnesota State Fair’s Leinie Lodge Bandshell. The program will include remarks by senior leaders of Minnesota’s military community and concludes at 10:25 a.m. with a flyover of C130 Hercules from the 934th Air Force Reserve. 

There will be nearly 50 educational booths located at Dan Patch Park, along with entertainment on the Dan Patch Park stage from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Programming includes a 9 a.m. performance by Johnny Holliday, 11 a.m. performance by country artist Sailor Jerri; live recordings of Minnesota Military Radio Hour, and a 3:30 p.m. performance by the Red Devil Rock Band.

The Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band will perform at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The State Fair’s 2 p.m. parade will include a formation of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Companies.

The State Fair offers discounted tickets ($11 rate) for military members, veterans, and their families on August 31 with documentation at the gate.  For more information on the Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair go to and key word search ‘August 31’ or ‘military’.


To schedule a media interview about Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day call 651-282-4410 or MAJ Melanie Nelson at 651-214-2281.

About the Minnesota National Guard

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