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IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
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Located on the southwest corner of Randall Avenue and Cooper Street, across from Family Fair at Baldwin Park. See a State Fair map.

Cricket WirelessOne of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America is coming to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair! The Great Big Wheel will carry you to a height of 156 feet, offering breathtaking views of the
State Fairgrounds and the Twin Cities.

Manufactured in the Netherlands, the 15-story-tall Great Big Wheel, is equipped with 36 enclosed gondolas that each hold six people. A spectacular lighting system features more than one-half million LED lights that can be programmed to display thousands of designs and colors. Don't miss a spectacular ride on the Great Big Wheel at this year's Minnesota State Fair!

Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: $5 per rider

Note: Riders must be a minimum of 42 inches tall if riding without an accompanying adult companion, or 36 inches tall if riding with an accompanying adult companion.


  • Twelve trailers are required to transport the 200-ton ride.
  • The electrical wiring of the Great Big Wheel extends 6 miles in length.
  • More than one-half million dancing LED lights create a vertical spectacle on the north side of the fairgrounds.