9:30 Coffee Break: Sights, Sounds and Smells of the Minnesota State Fair

Crowds at the State Fair
In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo, fairgoers pack the grounds at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. (Jim Mone | AP 2014)

Today is the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair, so we thought it would be fun to play a coffee break with songs that connect to the sights, sounds and smells of the Minnesota State Fair.

Here's a little primer: for the sights of the fair, revisit this stunning 2014 gallery from MPR News. There are some great "mystery" sounds from the fair here, (and of course, don't miss Bill DeVille's music preview). And for the smells and tastes of the fair, you can't do better than Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl's annual State Fair food round-up.

So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that evoke the sights, sounds and smells of the State Fair? Send us your requests.

Songs played


Lizzo - "Batches and Cookies"
Ohio Players - "Love Rollercoaster"
Beck - "Nausea"
The Suburbs - "Cows"
The Beatles - "Ticket to Ride"
Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

Do you deserve a Coffee Break? We at The Current's Morning Show think you do, and we want to bring treats from Morningstar Coffee and Café Latté to your workplace. Let us know why you'd like a Coffee Break.

Related Stories

  • Bill DeVille's 2015 State Fair Music Preview The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to the Fair.
  • Eating and Drinking with Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl: State Fair foods Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl stops by The Current's Morning Show to talk about new foods at the Minnesota State Fair. 'We've never had as many new foods as we do this year,' Dara says. She shares her list of must-try foods with Jill and Sean, and all three compare notes on some of their longtime favorites.
  • The Current at the State Fair Get a rundown of all the music and activities happening on the stages throughout the fairgrounds — including ours on the corner of Judson and Nelson — at the Minnesota State Fair.

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