We thank you, Minnesota, for making the 2013 State Fair so memorable! For twelve days of fun we welcomed more than 1,731,000 people. Please check back later for updated information on next year's Great Minnesota Get-Together. Hope to see you at the 2014 State Fair, to be held Aug. 21-Labor Day, Sept. 1!


Baldwin Park, 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 Target, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, MELSA Metro Public Libraries, the Children’s Literature Network, Mackin Educational Resources, Northwood Industries and Debra Frasier.

A Fabulous Fair Alphabet: The Game

Pick up a Fabulous Fair Alphabet game card from any State Fair Information Booth or download one here.  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 in Baldwin Park and win a blue ribbon!

2013 Blue Ribbon Homegrown Author Schedule

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hosted by author-illustrator Debra Frasier
Aug. 22 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Joyce Sidman
Aug. 22 (2-6 p.m.): Karen Henry Clark
Aug. 23: Rick Chrustowski
Aug. 24: Michael Hall
Aug. 25: Debra Frasier
Aug. 26: Sarah Warren
Aug. 27: Dara Sanders Dokas
Aug. 28: Lise Lunge-Larsen
Aug. 29: David LaRochelle
Aug. 30: Phyllis Alsdurf
Aug. 31: Nancy Carlson
Sept. 1: Adele Porter
Sept. 2: Stephanie Watson

Various titles will be available for sale in the Alphabet Forest.

Fabulous Fair Alphabet: The Book

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.”

2013 Alphabet Forest Photo Booth

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? Volunteers award blue ribbons for completed game cards and help fair guests participate in Alphabet Forest activities.

Volunteer sign-up will begin in the spring. Please let us know if you'd like to be added to the Alphabet Forest Volunteer mailing list.

Volunteer Shift Times:

  • 9 a.m. - noon
  • noon - 3 p.m.
  • 3 - 6 p.m.
  • 6 - 8:30 p.m.

2014 Minnesota State Fair dates:
Aug. 21-Labor Day, Sept. 1

Contact Shannon Buchda at 651-288-4395 or by email with questions or to be added to the Alphabet Forest Volunteer mailing list.


The downloadables can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or higher. If you do not have Acrobat Reader or have an older version, you may download the most current Acrobat Reader by clicking here.

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Find your photo from the 2012 Alphabet Forest Photo Booth on the Alphabet Forest Flickr page.