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The Current announces State Fair guests and live broadcast schedule

Minnesota Public Radio will once again set up camp at the corner of Judson and Nelson for a series of live broadcasts by all three stations.

As in past years, the Current’s Mary Lucia and Mark Wheat will broadcast live each weekday afternoon and evening, with special guests ranging from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who perform at the Grandstand on August 31) to locals Lucy Michelle, Crankshaft, and P.O.S. stopping by most afternoons at 4:30 p.m.

New this year will be a live broadcast of the Current’s Morning Show, who will be at the Fair on Friday morning, August 23, to help kick off the first weekend. Radio Free Current will be live from the Fair both Saturdays, and the Current will move into Carousel Park on MPR Day, Friday, August 30, to get the crowd excited and interview the bands playing MN Music-on-a-Stick.

Check out the full schedule here:

Thursday, Aug. 22

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mary Lucia
• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: The Current live broadcast performance by Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles
• 6-9 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Friday, Aug. 23

• 6 a.m.-10 a.m.: The Current Morning Show live broadcast
• 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mary Lucia
• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: TBD
• 6-9 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Saturday, Aug. 24

• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: The Current live broadcast performance by Pert Near Sandstone
• 6-9 p.m.: Radio Free Current with David Campbell

Sunday, Aug. 25

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mac Wilson

Monday, Aug. 26

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current broadcast with Mary Lucia
• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: The Current live broadcast performance by Crankshaft
• 6-9 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Tuesday, Aug. 27

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current broadcast with Mary Lucia
• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: The Current live broadcast performance by Frankie Lee
• 6-9 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Wednesday, Aug. 28

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current broadcast with Mary Lucia
• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: The Current live broadcast performance by Actual Wolf
• 6-9 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Thursday, Aug. 29

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current broadcast with Mary Lucia
• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: The Current live broadcast performance by P.O.S.
• 6-9 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Mark Wheat

Friday, Aug. 30: MPR Day at the State Fair!

Location: Carousel Park

• 3-5 p.m.: The Current live pre-show (MN Music on a Stick) broadcast

Location: Grandstand

• 5-11 p.m.: 89.3 The Current Presents “MN Music on a Stick” featuring Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S. and The Chalice

Saturday, Aug. 31

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current Morning Show
• 6-9 p.m.: Radio Free Current with David Campbell

Sunday, Sept. 1

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current live broadcast with Bill DeVille

Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day)

• 3-6 p.m.: The Current broadcast with Mark Wheat
• 4 p.m. hour: The Current live broadcast performance by Chastity Brown