TRAVEL TOGETHER! Groups arriving at the fair by bus may use the University of Minnesota Transitway to avoid traffic. Plus, your bus parking is free!
PLAY TOGETHER! Our hospitality staff has a variety of resources to make your day at the fair even more fun! We can help you organize a fairgrounds scavenger hunt or a trivia contest, provide self-guided tour maps for the fair’s beautiful gardens and tree sculptures or help you plan your activities with a sample itinerary. We also provide daily entertainment and activity schedules so you won’t miss a thing! Most exhibit buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For early arrivals, there is plenty of activity in the Livestock area as animals are groomed and readied for judging.
Click here for detailed Daily Schedules (available in mid-August).
PARTY TOGETHER! Get your group together at the Blue Ribbon Picnic Area! Overlooking the Mighty Midway, this tented area can handle up to 500 guests, rain or shine. A great place for company picnics, appreciation dinners or family celebrations!
• Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by reservation only
• Skilled and experienced caterers
• Beverage service and AV equipment rental available.
(Sorry, no outside food or beverages permitted.) Call the group hospitality department at (651) 288-4310 or email email@example.com for availability.
SAVE TOGETHER! While there is no group discount rate on gate admission tickets, purchasing advance discount admission tickets is always a bargain! In addition, special discount days will be posted here as soon as details are available. Click here for ticket prices and outlets. For a listing of special day discounts, click here. Grandstand tickets are discounted by $2 each if 25 tickets or more are purchased to any concert event. To purchase admission or Grandstand tickets, call the State Fair Box Office at (651) 288-4427.
EAT TOGETHER! Reward your group with Fairborne Bucks! Fairborne Bucks are the perfect way to treat members of your group to food and beverage options throughout the fairgrounds. Each of these dining vouchers has a value of $2.50 and may be used toward purchases at 36 concession locations. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash; however, change will be given. Fairborne Bucks are available for purchase only through the State Fair's Group Hospitality Department. Click for more information (available in the spring).
SHOP TOGETHER! Save big, buy Blue! The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book has 126 coupons worth over $500 in savings on food, merchandise and attractions at the fair. Pass the books around and let everyone clip their favorite coupons or give the books out as prizes or gifts! Books are available wherever pre-fair tickets are sold for only $4; during the fair the price is $5. Click here for sales locations.
JOIN IN TOGETHER! Free admission and a free t-shirt are available to everyone in your group if they lend a hand to the children at “Little Farm Hands!” Groups of 15-25 volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts to guide the kids through this hands-on exhibit that teaches the agricultural process from farm to market. “Day of Volunteers” sponsorship opportunities are also available with additional benefits. For more information, please contact Virginia at (651) 288-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ANY QUESTIONS? If you’re planning a trip to the fair, give the group hospitality department a call at
(651) 288-4310 or email us at email@example.com.