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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2024

131 Days 23 Hours 58 Mins


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 caterer to provide food and beverage service
  • Audio/visual equipment available if needed

Contact the group hospitality department at 651-288-4400 or for availability and more information.

Save Together!

Pre-fair discount admission tickets are available for only $15! For more ticket information, contact the group ticket sales department at 651-288-4467 or Pre-fair discount tickets are good for any age, any day of the fair. Learn more about discount day offers.

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

Groups arriving at the fair can park for free in our charter bus lot, accessible only via the University of Minnesota Transitway.

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 $5 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. No refunds or exchanges.

Shop Together!

Save big, buy Blue! The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book, sponsored by Minnesota Lottery, is just $5 and has 100 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! Purchase books wherever pre-fair discount admission tickets are sold before the fair begins. Books are available during the fair at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts.

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! PLUS, each volunteer receives a FREE admission ticket to the fair!

Heffron Park Request Form

Complete the form here, then email to This form MUST be filled out by those interested in Heffron Park to begin the planning process.

Quick Links

Links will be live as information is available.

Any Questions?

If you’re planning a trip to the fair, contact the group hospitality department at 651-288-4400 or