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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019

187 Days 4 Hours 56 Mins

Fair FAQ

Who should I call in the case of an emergency?

Call 911 in an emergency during the non-fair time. Call the State Fair Police at 651-288-4500 during the fair.

Where are hand wash stations located on the fairgrounds?

Hand wash stations are available at many entrances to buildings in the livestock areas, including Compeer Arena, Cattle Barn, Cattle Annex, Sheep & Poultry Barn, Swine Barn and the CHS Miracle of Birth Center. Hand wash stations are also located in the Food Building. These stations are noted with a “W” on the State Fair map.

We invite guests to enjoy time with the animals, but highly recommend washing or sanitizing hands before and after visits and especially prior to eating.

Where are the designated smoking areas on the fairgrounds?

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 receptacle to safely deposit spent cigarettes. Designated smoking areas are identified on State Fair maps, which are available at all information booths.

Where is First Aid located?

There are two First Aid locations, sponsored by Regions Hospital.

  • First Aid West: 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., across from West End Market.
  • First Aid East: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on the outside of the north end of the 4-H Building on Cosgrove Street.

Call First Aid at 651-288-4500.

Is there a bag check at the entrances of the fair?

The Minnesota State Fair’s security program includes bag checks at all entry gates. Bags, purses, coolers and packages will be subject to search at each of the State Fair’s 11 entrances. Prohibited items include weapons, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, drones and bikes/skateboards/skates/hover boards. Other items may be refused at the discretion of State Fair management or police.

What should I do in the case of inclement weather?

The Minnesota State Fair is held rain or shine. Severe weather shelters are noted on a State Fair map.

Grandstand concerts also go on rain or shine. Concert bookings do not allow for refunds or exchanges in the event of rain. If weather appears inclement, please bring jackets or ponchos. Use of umbrellas is prohibited at the Grandstand.

Can I still enjoy the fair with food allergies?

The Minnesota State Fair’s group of independent concessionaires and restaurant operators work hard each year to help fair guests with food allergies. Most of the food vendors, although not a requirement, will post allergy warnings, particularly those pertaining to nut issues, but we encourage fair guests to inquire about specific concerns with each vendor.

Consider visiting the Health Fair 11 at the Fair exhibit, which offers free or low-cost health screenings and information, as well as information to help visitors navigate and safely enjoy the fair. Pick up a list of gluten-free fair food options produced by Twin Cities ROCK, also found here!

Fair guests are welcome to bring outside food and drinks. Coolers are permitted, but will be searched at entrances. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the fair. Please note: Coolers are not permitted in the Grandstand or the Warner Coliseum.

Where can I find an AED on the fairgrounds?

Stop by an information booth for a list of AEDs. In an emergency, please call State Fair Police at 651-288-4500. Call 911 in an emergency during the non-fair time.