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Aug. 25 – Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2022

89 Days 0 Hours 12 Mins

Fundraising Opportunities

The Minnesota State Fair offers a great way for your team, organization or community group to team-build while raising funds!

Fundraising Information

  • Opportunities available include working on fairgrounds clean-up teams, in the Coliseum, barns, Grandstand or with our Parking and Park & Ride services.
  • Fundraising opportunities outside of regular fair-time are available on an as-needed basis.
  • No prior experience is needed, we provide training, equipment and supplies to do the work.
  • Group members can work alongside friends or teammates.
  • You can enjoy the fair before or after the shift! Select fundraising groups will receive fair admission tickets for group members to use the day they work (not applicable for all positions).
  • Your organization will receive payment for shifts completed and work done.
  • Depending on group availability and open opportunities, groups can work half of a day, a full day, several days or all 12 days of the fair. We will work with your group to find a good fit!

Participation Requirements

  • Group minimum is 10-25 members, depending on the job. We have more opportunities available for groups larger than 25.
  • Workers must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Groups are required to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  • Groups are responsible for their own transportation and parking at the fair. (Utilize our free Park & Ride system!)
  • Because we count on fundraising groups for important work during the fair, we ask that group do their best to fulfill the shifts they signed up for.

2022 Opportunities

Sanitation – Fair-Time

  • Time: 12-hour shift from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., shifts available all 12 days of the fair
  • Duties: Pull trash bags out of trash and recycling receptacles, pick up trash off the grounds
  • Compensation: Group size determines the size of the area, which equals compensation. General compensation for 12-hour shifts:
    • $1,000* – 10+ group members
    • $2,000* – 20+ group members
    • $3,000* – 30+ group members
    • $4,000* – 40+ group members
    • $5,000* – 50+ group members
    • $6,000* – 60 + group members
  • Groups can create their own schedule within the 12-hour shift (for instance, dividing the 12 hours into shorter shifts among more people), but the number of group members agreed to in the contract must be on site at all times during the 12-hour shift
  • Must have adult leadership supervision during all hours of the shift. One check (no withholdings) is made payable to the name on the W-9 form submitted along with the volunteer agreement.
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Park and Ride – Fair-Time

  • Time: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (times vary)
    • 4-day minimum commitment required
    • Minimum of 5 to 10 participants per day and shift (depends on lot size)
  • Duties: Work in one of our Park & Ride lots located around the metro area directing cars to parking spaces, complete daily sign-in sheets
  • Compensation: range is $1,450* – $9,180*
    • 5 people, 8 hours, 4 days and 5 people, 17 hours, 12 days, respectively
  • Must have adult leadership supervision during all hours of the shift. One check (no withholdings) is made payable to the name on the W-9 form submitted along with the volunteer agreement.
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Parking – Fair-Time

  • Time: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • A 4-day minimum commitment is preferred
    • Minimum of 5 to 7 participants per day and shift (depends on lot size)
  • Duties: Work in one of the various lots around the fairgrounds directing cars to parking areas, complete daily sign-in sheets
  • Compensation:
    • 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., 4 days (5 participants) = $1,100*
    • 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 days, (7 participants) = $2,000*
  • Must have adult leadership supervision during all hours of the shift. One check (no withholdings) is made payable to the name on the W-9 form submitted along with the volunteer agreement.
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Barn Changeover – Fair-Time

  • Time: shifts go from start time until completion, generally taking five to six hours. Depending on your group, this timeframe may be shorter. 2022 fair-time shifts:
    • Sunday, August 28 at 5 p.m.
    • Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 30 at 8 a.m.
    • Thursday, September 1 at 5 p.m.
    • Friday, September 2 at 3 p.m.
    • Monday, September 5 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 6 at 8 a.m.
  • Duties: Trash pick up, stall setup and tear down, general stall clean out and other sanitation duties as assigned
  • Compensation: $1500*, 20-30 group members needed
  • Groups will be designated to specific buildings. Opportunities listed vary, and include options to work with swine, horse, cattle, sheep or poultry.
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Attraction Ticket Takers – Fair-Time

  • Time: eight-hour shifts – 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 12-day minimum commitment to the shift required.
  • Duties: Take ride tickets at various attractions outside of the Midway such as the Butterfly House, Ye Old Mill, Giant Slide, Space Tower and more.
  • Compensation: Example – 5 people, 8 hours, 12 days – $4,800*
  • Will be accompanied by a State Fair staff member at each assigned attraction. Daily sign-in sheets used for group attendance/ One check (no withholdings) made payable to the name on the W-9 form submitted along with the volunteer agreement.
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*Please note: Actual dollar amounts listed above may vary.  Actual compensation is based on the number of people and hours, as well as the type of position and size of the area assigned.

Non-Fair Events

If your group is interested, we also have opportunities to earn funds year-round during our non-fair events. Reach out to fundraising@mnstatefair.org or 651-288-4303 for more information. You can make great money in as few as five hours!

Contact and Registration Information

If your group is interested, pleases submit a copy of your completed registration form to fundraising@mnstatefair.org. You can reach out via email or by phone at 651-288-4303 with any questions. If the information listed does not work within your availability, please reach out. We are always happy to work with your group to find a good fit!