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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Just because the daylight starts to dim at the Minnesota State Fair, doesn't mean the fun does too.

"It's really grown over the years, there's a lot more music around, a lot more areas with music," said Tom Riley, of St. Paul.

Many restaurants, like Dino's Gyros, have live bands playing at night, or there's the more family-friendly amateur talent contest at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell Stage.

In other words, there is music everywhere and not just at the Grandstand.

"You'll see some great local acts and some nationally touring acts as well," said Brienna Schuette, fair spokesperson.

She also recommends trying out the Minnesota Wine Country exhibit where you can taste some of the state's homegrown wines while enjoying (you guessed it) live music.

"I love walking at night. It's all lit up. It looks gorgeous. I drink beer, have food," said Travis Magnuson of Champlin.

Did you say beer? Perhaps you'll like the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit.

"We're tapping into what humans really want and that's flavor," said Dan Justesen, Vice President of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, which runs the exhibit.

"We are primarily and foremost and educational exhibit," he said.

You can sample a flight of various Minnesota brews and learn about why they taste so good.

"People come to us looking for what is arguably one of the better values on the fairgrounds," he said.

There's also a laser light show every night at 9:15 p.m. It goes for 20 minutes near the family fair.

Schuette adds that the best time to shop at the fair is during the evening hours, as well because the crowds are a lot more manageable.

"It quiets down," she said.

And once you're done there?

"Catch the fireworks, a million food vendors, walk the Midway, try the games of chance," said Tim Minnick, of Woodbury.

For more information, go to www.mnstatefair.org.

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