The Minnesota State Fair is committed to providing equal access and a pleasant experience for all its guests. Services provided include wheelchair/electric scooter/stroller/wagon rentals, accessible parking, a wheelchair accessible park & ride, a passenger drop-off area, assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, accessible seating at all entertainment venues, curb cuts throughout the fairgrounds and Care and Assistance (H25 on the State Fair map), which provides a number of accessibility services. All of these services are described in our 2016 Accessibility Guide, which will be available this summer.
HomeTown Mobility, an independent vendor, provides wheelchairs, electric scooters, strollers and wagons for rent at five locations on the fairgrounds. Battery recharging is not available at HomeTown Mobility locations.
If rented onsite, all equipment is available on a first-come basis with no guarantee of availability. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Cash, credit cards and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment.
Where to rent on the fairgrounds:
(Use coordinates provided to find the locations on a State Fair map)
HomeTown Mobility is now accepting reservations for wheelchairs and electric scooters. Reservations will only be accepted for full-day rentals. In August, reserve online or call HomeTown Mobility's home office at (877) 928-5388 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends during the fair. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Cancellation must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund, less a $5 cancellation fee per rental unit.
If you need a regular electrical outlet plug-in for charging an electric scooter battery, there are two options on the fairgrounds: Care & Assistance south of West End Market, H25 on the State Fair map, is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Also, on the south side of the Grandstand outside between the entrance doors, outlets are designated with disability signs, N25 on the State Fair map.
Parking spaces designated for vehicles with a valid disabled persons parking identification placard are located in many State Fair lots. Cost is $13. Vehicles with trailers will be charged $26 ($13 each). Access to fairgrounds parking is available off Larpenteur Avenue at Underwood Street and off Snelling Avenue at Hoyt Avenue. Additional accessible parking is available south of Como Avenue.
The State Fair provides a free Park & Ride lot with free wheelchair-accessible bus service for people with disabilities and their companions. The lot is located on the north side of the Oscar Johnson Arena, 1039 De Courcy Circle, south of the fairgrounds. Exit from Snelling Avenue at Energy Park Drive; travel east on Energy Park Drive and turn left just after the Merrill Corp. building to De Courcy Circle and proceed to the north side of Oscar Johnson Arena to park. Passengers travel non-stop to the fairgrounds and are dropped off at the Como Avenue Loop Gate #9. Buses run continuously from 8 a.m. to midnight daily.
Interpreters are scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Special requests for interpreter services will be scheduled depending on availability and should be directed to (651) 288-4448 or the Administration Building on Cosgrove Street.
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If you would like to receive a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Accessibility Guide via mail, you may request a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (651) 288-4448.