From farm animals to a performance at the Grandstand, there are plenty of Stillwater connections to the State Fair.

Stillwater native Jonah Marais of the band Why Don’t We will return to the Great Minnesota Get Together to perform the Grandstand stage 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. Pop musicians MAX and EBEN will open for Why Don’t We, a five-member Los Angeles-based band with nearly 12 million listeners on Spotify. The band’s “8 Letters” music video has 47 million views on YouTube.

Marais became an overnight Internet sensation in 2014 by broadcasting himself playing music to a website called He started pulling 56,000 viewers per night and he sold out a show at St. Paul’s Amsterdam Bar and Hall. He joined Why Don’t We at KDWB’s Jingle Ball at the Excel Energy Center in December 2017. The group sold out their 2018 headliner tour.

Stillwater businesses are scattered throughout the fair as well.

Lift Bridge Brewery’s special brews are back at the fair this year with Key Lime Pie ale and Mini Donut Beer, which are only available at the State Fair.

Key Lime Pie ale will return to Café Caribe, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers and Nelson Streets. You can find Mini Donut Beer, as well as Lift Bridge Brewery’s Cherry Firework Hard Seltzer, at the Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes Avenues, outside The Garden.

Saint Croix Vineyards will have a Peaches and Gris wine slushie at Minnesota Wine Country, located on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson Avenues. The Stillwater vineyard blended Frontenac Gris wine with peach.

Visit Tremblay’s Sweet Shop for chocolate sweets and homemade fudge on the northwest side of the Warner Coliseum. Fantastic Voyage has their clothing, decor, sarongs and jewelry on the east wall in the International Bazaar. Additionally, Collaborations Boutique will sell handmade Minnesota-themed items in the upper level of the grandstand. Sara’s Tipsy Pies will return to the Food Building along the south wall.

If you find yourself looking for a chance to rest your legs at the fair, Stillwater Trolleys runs three trolleys in a one-mile loop around the Northeast corner of the fair from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Don’t forget to visit the livestock buildings, where several Stillwater area folks will show sheep, llamas, poultry and dairy goats.

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