Located at Baldwin Park (See a State Fair map), Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Step inside the Alphabet Forest and discover alphabet activities for all ages. Take pictures with Fair Letters, create alphabet Ferris wheels, add your fair words to the Fair Dictionary and more! Guests can meet a different author each day in the Alphabet Forest at the Blue Ribbon Homegrown Author Showcase. Activities are brought to you by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, MELSA Metro Public Libraries, The Literacy Champions of the Minneapolis Rotary Clubs, Red Wagon Books, Winding Oak, Northwood Industries and Debra Frasier.
View a Fabulous Fair Alphabet game card or pick one up from any State Fair Information Booth. Look for words in what you SEE, HEAR, READ, FEEL - and certainly in what you EAT - at the fair! Write these words on the card, recording two words for each letter of the alphabet. (For example: Write a word that begins with “A” beside the printed A. Remember that X’s are rare - simply look for words that contain an X.) Bring your completed card to the Alphabet Forest at Baldwin Park and win a blue ribbon!
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 25: Stephen Shaskan & Trisha Speed Shaskan
Aug. 26: Lisa M. Bolt Simons
Aug. 27: Alan Page & Kamie Page
Aug. 28: Mélina Mangal
Aug. 29: Dara Sanders Dokas
Aug. 30: Patricia Bauer & David Geister
Aug. 31: David LaRochelle & Mike Wohnoutka
Sept. 1: Maryann Weidt & Rachael Balsaitis
Sept. 2: Phuoc Thi Minh Tran
Sept. 3: Betsy Bowen
Sept. 4: Nancy Loewen
Sept. 5: Kurtis Scaletta
Various titles will be available for sale at the Alphabet Forest.
Debra Frasier’s book A Fabulous Fair Alphabet (Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster, June 2010) got its start as a collection of photographs taken by the Minneapolis author/illustrator on her almost-daily visits to the Minnesota State Fair. Now her tribute to the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” has gone national, with the New York Times noting that “Frasier brings to life a jaunty Ferris wheel, a sunburst-yellow pitcher of lemonade and a swirling roller coaster,” and the Washington Post suggesting “Maybe crowds, junk food and heart-stopping rides are more your style. Dip into A Fabulous Fair Alphabet, by Debra Frasier, for a sneak peek.”
Find your photo from the Alphabet Forest Photo Booth on the Alphabet Forest Flickr page.
Interested in helping out at the Alphabet Forest this year? Our volunteers are essential to making the Alphabet Forest a favored destination for children and families at the fair.
Sign up for your 2016 Alphabet Forest volunteer shift(s).
Volunteer Shift Times:
2016 Minnesota State Fair dates:
Aug. 25 through Labor Day, Sept. 5
If you prefer to sign up by phone or email or would like to be added to the mailing list for future Alphabet Forest volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Buchda at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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Find your photo from the 2015 Alphabet Forest Photo Booth on the Alphabet Forest Flickr page.