Photos: First day of the 2018 Minnesota State Fair


Seventeen-year-old Payton Waage washes her cow, January.
1 Seventeen-year-old Payton Waage washes her cow, January, inside the cow barn at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. on Thursday, August 23, 2018. 
Fairgoers walk down the street in the morning light.
2 Fairgoers walk down the street in the morning light. 
A sheep sleeps early in the morning while the barn is still quiet.
3 A sheep sleeps early in the morning while the barn is still quiet. 
Ginger Johnson has her ticket scanned to be the first person in.
4 Ginger Johnson has her ticket scanned to be the first person in the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. 
A Clydesdale named Meg waits to be groomed.
5 A Clydesdale named Meg waits to be groomed inside the horse barn. 
Eight-year-old Anna Weber points out a large fish in the DNR Fish Pond.
6 Eight-year-old Anna Weber points out a large fish in the DNR Fish Pond. 
Freshly shorn wool sits around two sheep stands.
7 Freshly shorn wool sits around two sheep stands around the back of a barn. 
A ferris wheel turns as people check out John Deere tractors.
8 A ferris wheel turns as people check out John Deere tractors on Machinery Hill. 
Lynn Moser checks out a John Deere machine.
9 Lynn Moser checks out a John Deere machine on Machinery Hill. 
Two girls sit in the hay with their cows inside the cow barn.
10 Two girls sit in the hay with their cows inside the cow barn. 
Fairgoers peruse bovine beasts inside the cow barn.
11 Fairgoers peruse bovine beasts inside the cow barn. 
A person sleeps in the hay with cows inside the cow barn.
12 A person sleeps in the hay with cows inside the cow barn. 
A woman wears bread bags over her shoes inside the swine barn.
13 A woman wears bread bags over her shoes inside the swine barn. 
Crowds pack the streets and the sky ride on the first day of the Fair.
14 Crowds pack the streets and the sky ride on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair. 
A Clydesdale is led out of the horse barn.
15 A Clydesdale is led out of the horse barn.