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Aug. 25 – Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2022

8 Days 1 Hours 14 Mins

New Attractions for 2022

Blue Ribbon BINGO

Have a blue-ribbon blast when BINGO makes its big-time debut at the Minnesota State Fair! BINGO proceeds support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3), celebrating 20 years in 2022!

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Survival: The Exhibition

Adventure, fun and science collide! Survival: The Exhibition transports guests of all ages to the world’s most awe-inspiring locales and asks the question: How can humans survive here?

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Two New Midway Rides

Coming this year to the Mighty Midway – Iron Dragon Coaster and Music Express! Get in, buckle up and get ready to ride!

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75 Years of the FFA Show at the Minnesota State Fair

What began in 1948 with 37 boys exhibiting sheep and swine has grown into an expansive show with opportunities for FFA members from more than 200 chapters across the state to participate in livestock and non-livestock competitions. Special programs and exhibit highlights will commemorate the State Fair’s partnership with FFA.

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Open Captioning, Audio Description and ASL at the Fair

We’ve added open captioning and audio description to our accessible services this year for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing or blind or have low vision, and we continue to offer ASL interpretation at select entertainment and educational programs throughout the fair.

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Eco Experience – New Features

At this award-winning exhibit, an array of new features includes displays (a must-see giant loon and an oversized cardboard moose!), plus resources and demonstrations that highlight what you can do to help improve our air, land, water and climate.

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Agriculture Horticulture Building’s 75th Anniversary

One of the most iconic buildings at the State Fairgrounds opened in 1947. The Agriculture Horticulture Building is home to a variety of competitions, demonstrations and displays – from flowers, food and bees & honey to craft beer, crop art, Christmas trees and ag education.

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Old Iron Show Turns 25

Reminiscent of the former Machinery Hill, the Old Iron Show – celebrating its 25th anniversary at the fair – gives fair guests an opportunity to get up-close for demonstrations and displays of beautifully restored, rare antique farm equipment. Learn about the history of the machines, their use in farm fields, the manufacturers of yesteryear, the dedicated, talented restorers in Minnesota, and best of all – marvel as the engines roar to life!

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New Creative Activities Competitions

Entering a competition is one of the greatest State Fair traditions! Adventurous amateur bakers and chefs – like you – can vie for even more blue ribbons and bragging rights this year with the addition of four new special contests: Great Chocolate Cake Contest, Low-to-No Sugar Showdown, Salad Bowl Tournament and Supreme Sourdough Bread Contest.

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New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions

A visit to the State Fair wouldn’t be complete without unforgettable encounters with farm animals and horses. This year, you’ll have even more opportunities to catch contests featuring some showing off by two-legged and four-legged participants, including runner ducks, cow and calf pairs, FFA youth, and miniature and walking horses.

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History Walking Tour – 5 New Stops

The History Walking Tour, a two-mile, 12-stop self-guided exploration of some of the State Fair’s most historically significant spots, introduces five new additions to the tour: One-Mile Track, Plaza Bandstand, Cattle Barn, Baldwin Park and Pets at the Fair.

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Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s 20th Anniversary

From the sidewalks beneath us to the Grandstand marquee lights above – and benches, buildings, premium awards and programs in between – the impact of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation surrounds every fair guest’s experience at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Through the support of Friends of the Fair members, special project and program donors, volunteers and fundraising event guests, the Foundation has granted more than $16 million in high-impact priority areas since 2002.

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Unique Gifts & Specialty Items – 13 New Vendors

Discover an amazing array of unique, hard-to-find gifts – for family, friends (even the furry variety!) and yourself – at these new vendors, plus hundreds more throughout the fairgrounds.

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Handcrafted Home & Garden Décor – 10 New Vendors

The Minnesota State Fair offers a shopping experience like no other! These vendors join nearly 900 merchants at the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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Foodie Fun – 5 New Vendors

Fair and food go hand in hand, and these new vendors will help you take your at-home foodie game to the next level. They join hundreds of other can’t-miss shops to visit as you explore the fairgrounds.

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Sports & Outdoors – 12 New Vendors

Whether your passion is fishing, climbing, being on the water, esporting, droning, camping or crushing the pickleball competition – and everything in between – these new vendors, plus dozens and dozens of others at the fair, will get you ready for maximum fun whatever the adventure!

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Threads & Accessories – 5 New Vendors

This is your chance to get an up-close, in-person look at apparel and accessories to outfit anyone of any age with any fashion style – the choices are limitless at the fair!

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In the Community – 9 New Vendors

Our state is home to amazing nonprofits and educational organizations. Stop by these booths – and dozens more at the fair – to learn more about their work.

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Home Solutions – 6 New Vendors

Whether you’re a DIYer or looking to hire experts, the State Fair is the ultimate home shopping network of vendors. Welcome to this year’s new additions to the home improvement mix!

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Updated Fair Hours

Plan ahead! Fairgrounds hours for 2022 have been updated. Fairgrounds admission will be permitted from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 4, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5. The fairgrounds will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 4, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5. Those who wish to purchase admission tickets online during the fair can do so 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 4, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

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