PARTY TOGETHER! Get your group together at Heffron Park's Horton Pavilions during the State Fair! Located just east of the Grandstand, this by-reservation-only picnic area welcomes groups, rain or shine. A great place for company picnics, appreciation dinners, class reunions, anniversary parties or family celebrations!
• Private, covered pavilion event space available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
• Option to work with our caterers to provide food and beverage service
• Audio/visual equipment available if needed
Contact the group hospitality department at (651) 288-4308 or for availability and more information.

TRAVEL TOGETHER! Groups arriving at the State Fair by bus may use the University of Minnesota Transitway to avoid traffic and park in a designated lot for free! Charter buses: Drivers should enter the Transitway off Energy Park Drive, just east of Highway 280. Charter buses will enter the fairgrounds at the Transitway entrance and turn right off the Transitway onto West Dan Patch Avenue, then turn left onto Randall Avenue. Follow Randall Avenue and turn right into the parking lot east of the Robin Lot. A parking lot attendant with direct you to the parking area. Guests will enter the fairgrounds through Randall Avenue (Gate #18). See a map.

PLAY TOGETHER! Our group hospitality staff has a variety of resources to make your day at the fair even more fun! Use our tools to: organize a fairgrounds scavenger hunt, a trivia contest or a game of State Fair BINGO; provide self-guided tour maps for the fair's beautiful gardens and sculptures; or help plan your activities with our "Best Bets Guide!" 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.

View detailed daily schedules.

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 approximately 40 concession locations. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash; however, change will be given. Fairborne Bucks are available for purchase only through the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office. Contact the ticket office at (651) 288-4427.

SAVE TOGETHER! While there is no group discount rate on gate admission tickets, attend the State Fair on special discount days for more savings. For information on group tickets, call the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office at (651) 288-4427.

SHOP TOGETHER! Save big, buy Blue! The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book has 150 coupons with huge savings on food, merchandise and attractions, valid all 12 days of the fair. Pass the books around and let everyone clip their favorite coupons, or offer Bargain Books to each member of your group as a prize or gift! Books are available at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts for $5. Books can also be purchased wherever pre-fair discount admission tickets are sold.

JOIN IN TOGETHER! Volunteers are critical to the Great Minnesota Get-Together! These essential folks are what make many of our exhibits memorable and engaging. No expertise required – just a willingness to help your fellow fair fans make the most of their day! Most shifts are two to three hours, and we’ll show you what to do. Each volunteer receives a FREE admission ticket to the fair! Learn more about the various opportunities available:

Alphabet Forest: At this favorite destination for families and children, help with photo opportunities, alphabet games and easy crafts. Each volunteer receives a free admission ticket! For more information, please contact Shannon Buchda at or (651) 288-4395.

The Common Table: Introducing Minnesotans to the idea of local, sustainable food, this uniquely designed destination in the Agriculture Horticulture Building needs volunteers to help visitors try the interactive exhibits. Each volunteer receives a free admission ticket! For more information, visit

EquiMania!TM: At this award-winning exhibit in the Horse Barn, visitors take photos on a model horse, wrap a model horse’s leg and try a variety of easy activities to learn more about horses. Equine knowledge is not required. Each volunteer receives a free admission ticket and a free T-shirt! For more information, please contact the education department at

Little Farm Hands: Groups of 15-25 volunteers are needed in 4-hour shifts to guide children 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. Each volunteer receives a free admission ticket and a free T-shirt! For more information, please contact the education department at

Math On-A-Stick: This exhibit is a welcoming space where kids and grown-ups can explore fun math concepts. Volunteers help visitors sort, count, arrange and match with reptile-shaped tiles, colored eggs and more. Each volunteer receives a free admission ticket! For more information, visit the Math On-A-Stick page.


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  • Group Hospitality Flier
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Group Trivia
  • Best Bets Guide
    Use this to plan your trip to the Minnesota State Fair!
  • State Fair Art & Sculptures
  • State Fair Gardens
  • History Walking Tour
  • Fabulous Fair Alphabet Game Card
  • Fairborne Bucks

ANY QUESTIONS? If you’re planning a trip to the fair, contact the group hospitality department at (651) 288-4306 or