Minnesota State Fair | Fair History

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair.
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ATMs: During the fair, ATMs are located throughout the fairgrounds. Exact locations are noted on maps available at all State Fair information booths during the fair. During non-fair time, an ATM is located at Warner Coliseum and Visitors Plaza. A $3 service fee applies to all transactions, and you may be subject to additional surcharges depending on your banking provider.

Care & Assistance: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., located on West Dan Patch Avenue, across from West End Market. Care & Assistance is headquarters for people of any age who have become lost or separated from their group. Areas for nursing and infant care facilities are available. Also provided is an area to recharge wheelchair batteries.

Wheelchair, Electric Scooter and Stroller Rental: Hometown Mobility provides wheelchairs and strollers for rent at four locations on the fairgrounds. View more accessibility information.

ID Bracelets: ID Bracelets are available for the run of the fair at the following locations: Care & Assistance, Guest Services at Visitors Plaza and at all information booths.

Information Booths: Free maps and brochures, including accessibility guides and entertainment schedules, are available at all State Fair information booths. New in 2015: complimentary sunscreen for all ages! In addition, the friendly, knowledgeable staff inside these booths pride themselves on knowing the answer to most every question and helping to make your visit more enjoyable.

Lost & Found Items: The Lost & Found station is located at 1842 West Dan Patch Ave. Anyone looking for lost articles should check at this location during the fair from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or call (651) 288-4555. Items found between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. should be turned in at the Police Station next door. From Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 10, Lost & Found hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 11, hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Please contact Lost & Found at (651) 288-4555 or visit the office on West Dan Patch Avenue during those hours. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 25, contact Lost & Found at (651) 288-4400 or visit the Administration Building on Cosgrove Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First Aid & Public Safety: The First Aid stations provide first aid for minor ailments all 12 days of the fair. Public Safety provides police and security services and is open 24 hours per day once the fair is underway.

Recognition Programs: The two featured recognition programs are the Century Farm recognition program and the 50 Year award.

Smoking Areas - Designated: For the comfort and safety of all, designated smoking areas have been established at convenient locations throughout the fairgrounds. Smoking (including use of electronic cigarettes) is permitted only in these areas. Each designated smoking area consists of a bench and receptable to safely deposit spent cigarettes. Designated smoking areas are identified on all State Fair maps, which are available at any information booth.