Getting Around & Seeing the Fairgrounds by MSF Staffer - TCD
Category:Attractions & Exhibits
It's a nice way to get back and forth from the North end of the Fairgrounds. You can get on at Dan Patch Ave. between the Butterfly House & Grandstand Plaza and get off on Murphy Ave. near the Pet Center and vice versa. Worth the ticket if you've got tired feet or exhausted kids!
Another great way to get around & see the sights. The gondolas run East & West. Get on near the Agriculture Horticulture Building and get off on Dan Patch Ave. near Heritage Square and back again. Again worth the price of the ticket, especially on very crowded days.
The Trolleys are a nice way to get back and forth to the North End as well. You could get on at Visitors Plaza on Dan Patch Ave. and take it as far North as the Pet Center on Murphy Ave. and back again. Best part? FREE!
You don't get AROUND the Fairgrounds but you sure get a chance to SEE all of the Fairgrounds. It's a fun way to check everything out - sometimes you find something you missed!
Quiet Places by MSF Staffer - Robin
Picnic Tables in Baldwin Park
Garden Yard in front of Admin Too
DNR Park Native Grasses Area
Creating Family Traditions by MSF Staffer - LLH
Same food every year!
Family traditions are the glue that binds one generation to another. They give parents and kids something to look forward to each year. Like other families, we have holiday traditions but we also have our State Fair traditions that include the following food every year: pronto pups, french fries with 1919 rootbeer, mini donuts, a bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies with a glass of cold milk from the Midwest Dairy Association, salted nutroll, corn on the cob and a pork chop on a stick.
Sean Emery - funny guy who juggles!
Sean Emery performs at the Family Fair at Baldwin Park every day of the Fair and it is a huge hit for all ages - each year we can't wait to see him juggle, ride a unicycle, make us laugh and do his 'hat sequence' to close his show!
Amateur Talent Contest Finals
On Sunday before Labor Day we always go to the Amateur Talent Contest Finals - free! We meet friends and family in the exact same seating section. We take turns going to get food (a cream puff is a must!) We watch an evening of great entertainment and then ooooo and aaaahhhh as we watch the fireworks right above us. Then we head out for our State Fair Four #4...
Space Tower at night
At the end of our fun-filled day, we make our way to the Space Tower. We take a seat to rest our weary feet. As it rotates around, we take turns pointing out all the things we did that day on the fairgrounds below us and then we look out beyond to point out the capitol, downtown Minneapolis, where the kid's school is located and a little to the right of that is our house. The lights flicker as we quietly get off thinking about next year when we get to do it all over again and maybe add something new to our State Fair family traditions!
Favorite Crazy Country Concerts at the Grandstand by MSF Staffer - Laura
Jason Aldean with Chuck Wicks
Great music and quite nice to look at too!
Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert
Ever since Dierks Bentley waved at me one time, I can't miss a show!
Brad Paisley, Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift
A great combination of singers - classic Brad Paisley mixed with some great up-and-comers.
Rascal Flatts, Eric Church and Gary Allan
Rascal Flatts always puts on a great show, couldn't ask for a better venue on a great summer night!