Military families to be honored during Military Appreciation Day at the MN State Fair

August 23, 2019 (Falcon Heights, Minn.) – The Minnesota State Fair’s ninth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 27, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s military community. This year’s theme is honoring Minnesota’s Military Families.

“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 Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. Military Appreciation Day is presented by USAA and coordinated by the Minnesota National Guard.

A program at 9:45 a.m. at the Minnesota State Fair’s Leinie Lodge Bandshell will feature the official Welcome Home Ceremony of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. The program will conclude at 10:25 a.m. with a flyover from the Minnesota Air National Guard.

There will be more than 50 educational booths located at Dan Patch Park, along with military and family-friendly entertainment on the Dan Patch Park stage from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Programming includes: 8:30 performance by Sailor Jerri; 11:30 Military Family Talent Showcase; 1:30 Military Family Tribute’s Story being the Story Stones; and 2:30 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 and 11:45. The State Fair’s 2:00 parade will include a formation of 34th Red Bull Infantry Division families and feature other military parade units.

The State Fair is offering discounted tickets ($10 rate) for military members, veterans and their families on August 27 with documentation at the gate. 

For more information on the Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair go to and key word search ‘August 27’ or ‘military’.


To schedule a media interview about Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day call 651-282-4410 or 651-282-4670. For day-of interviews contact MAJ Scott Hawks at 651-253-1032 or CPT Melanie Nelson at 651-435-0857.