The Minnesota State Fair is all about stuffing your face, screaming on midway rides and petting cute little piglets.
But does any of that fun stuff actually happen if you donâ€™t Instagram it? OK, yes it does. But taking photos at the Fair makes everything that much more fun.
Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re hosting an Instameet at the Fair on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Whatâ€™s an Instameet, you ask? Itâ€™s a gathering of local Instagram users who meet up to take photos and hang out. And we want you to join us. Youâ€™ll be able to meet fellow social media lovers, geek out over clever shots and maybe get inspired. As an added bonus, there will be prizes and the chance to have your photo featured in a cover spread in the Star Tribune Variety section.
The Star Tribune is partnering with the local Insta-experts at @Minnstameets on this event, which weâ€™re calling the Great Minnesota Gram Together. On Aug. 29, weâ€™ll gather at 5 p.m. behind the Star Tribuneâ€™s Fair booth, where you can meet local Instagram stars @shineonyoucraydiamond and @mamacita.rita and chat with Star Tribune photographer Jeff Wheeler (@jeffersonwheeler) and me, @tomhorgen.
Attendees will get free swag to commemorate the evening and can enter a raffle for prizes that will surely beef up your mobile photos (such as a high-quality macro lens and bluetooth remote). At the end of the night, weâ€™ll take a big group shot.
Remember to include this hashtag on your photos: #TheGreatMinnesotaGramTogether. Weâ€™re looking for photos that fit into five categories: food, faces, attractions, moments and something weâ€™re calling #SoMinnesota. The best shots will be featured in a Star Tribune Variety cover story the following week, and more of our favorites will appear on our website. And if you canâ€™t make it, you can still participate. Weâ€™ll check that hashtag for great Fair photos until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 â€” so if you go the Fair anytime in the first four days, tag â€™em for a chance to be featured in the @StarTribune Instagram feed, in an online gallery or even in the print paper.
The Great Minnesota Gram Together
When: 5-8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 29.
Where: Minnesota State Fair.
Details: Meet and greet 5-5:30 p.m. behind the Star Tribuneâ€™s booth near the grandstand; spread out and take photos 5:30-7:30 p.m.; prize raffle and big group photo at 7:30 p.m. (location TBA).
Prizes + swag: Three prizes will be raffled: An Olloclip 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus, a HISY Bluetooth remote and a Joby iPhone tripod/mount. Everyone who attends will get one free raffle ticket. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing (after the group photo). In addition, the first 100 attendees will receive a StarTribune lanyard and custom name badge along with a State Fair-theme flavored lip balm.