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, Red Wagon Books, Winding Oak, Northwood Industries and Debra Frasier.

A Fabulous Fair Alphabet: The Game

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!

2018 Blue Ribbon Author Schedule

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Author Schedule will be posted when it becomes available.

Various titles will be available for sale at 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.”

2018 Alphabet Forest Photo Booth

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

  • Day 1 - Aug. 23
  • Day 2 - Aug. 24
  • Day 3 - Aug. 25
  • Day 4 - Aug. 26
  • Day 5 - Aug. 27
  • Day 6 - Aug. 28
  • Day 7 - Aug. 29
  • Day 8 - Aug. 30
  • Day 9 - Aug. 31
  • Day 10 - Sept. 1
  • Day 11 - Sept. 2
  • Day 12 - Sept. 3


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.

Volunteer Shift Times:

  • 8:45 a.m. to noon
  • 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 2:45-6 p.m.
  • 5:45-8:30 p.m.

2018 Minnesota State Fair dates:
Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3

To be added to the mailing list for future Alphabet Forest volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Buchda at msfent@mnstatefair.org or
(651) 288-4395.


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Find your photo from the 2017 Alphabet Forest Photo Booth on the Alphabet Forest Flickr page.