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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota State Fair officials announced Tuesday a “Kickoff to Summer” walk-around event at the fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend.

The event will span five days, allowing 10,000 people at a time to enter the fairgrounds each day to enjoy food, shopping, live entertainment, and rides.

“Last year’s Food Parades were a big hit, but they were also very limited,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer, in a statement. “This year, we’re very happy to bring people back in a walk-around environment to enjoy a slice of the fair.”

The walk-around event will run from May 27 to May 31. Each day will offer five-hour time slots where those with tickets can enter the fairgrounds. While inside, attendees must wear masks and eat only while seated.

Food vendors participating in the event include Fresh French Fries, Mouth Trap Cheese Curds, Que Viet Concessions, and Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar. A full list of vendors can be found here.

Tickets will cost $12.50 each, and they are valid for a specific time slot. The tickets will be sold through a lottery process, which opens Tuesday. Those selected in the lottery will be limited to purchasing six tickets for the event. Children under 4 are free with a child ticket. Ticket information can be found here.

As for the what fair officials are planning for later this summer, Hammer says that they’re “staying very flexible” and “looking forward to the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Back-Together in August.”


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Long Beach Pride returns for a virtual celebration this weekend

Long Beach Pride returns for a virtual celebration with headliners, from their Main Stage, Dance Stage, Urban Stage and Fiesta Caliente Stage, May 16 at 7 p.m. on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and

"We are pleased to present Long Beach Pride with an exciting star-studded online celebration," said Elsa Martinez, president of Long Beach Pride.

"Although we miss seeing all our supporters and fans in person, we are looking forward to a successful interactive show that will connect our varied communities together in celebration of this iconic event!"

The event will feature a variety of artists sharing the virtual stage for a worldwide online audience.

mong those performing on the Fiesta Caliente Stage will be Los Horoscopos and DJs and Dancers, along with a host of other notable performers.

Also returning will be the Urban Soul Stage where top hip hop and R&B artists will gather to present their latest musical offerings and energetic dance styles.

Following the event, YouTube will host the Long Beach Pride AfterShow on Facebook Live talking about the event's top personalities and guests.

Long Beach Pride will also feature video highlights of Long Beach Pride parades as well as past festivals where fans and event goers were treated to unique performers, gourmet cuisine, talented street artists and more.

This year, the event will have interactive features with fun questions and answers, played out in real time, as well as online discussions and Q&A sessions with artists and Long Beach Pride representatives in the AfterShow portion.

First held in 1984, the event has grown to become the second largest gay pride event in the United States, attracting more than 75,000 people during the two-day celebration.

Among the performers showcased at the event were The Bangles, Elvis Crespo, Patti LaBelle, Sheila E, Queen Latifah, The Village People, Monica, Smash Mouth, Gloria Trevi and many others.

Those interested in supporting Long Beach Pride may make their donations via PayPal, by visiting also donations will be accepted clicking on the description of the event on YouTube. Related topics:
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