In the event of severe weather at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, law enforcement and staff will work closely to ensure the safety of all.
If you are on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds when severe weather becomes imminent:
The National Weather Service notifies our emergency operations team ahead of time as severe weather moves into western Hennepin County (the fairgrounds are located in Ramsey County, east of Hennepin County).
You will hear a severe weather siren and/or be alerted by law enforcement that you need to seek shelter. Move into a nearby building, preferably one of the five designated storm shelter buildings identified on all official Minnesota State Fair maps (also available at any information booth on the fairgrounds). You will be notified when it’s safe to move out onto the fairgrounds.
If you are attending a Grandstand show when severe weather becomes imminent:
Minnesota State Fair officials have created an extensive Grandstand inclement weather plan. Patrons should listen to announcements made from the Grandstand stage and watch the large LED screens on either side of the stage for instructions.
If officials deem it necessary to relocate concert patrons from the Grandstand concert venue due to severe weather, you will be asked to proceed to the nearest exit, go all the way down the stairs and seek shelter inside the Grandstand building. Save your ticket for re-entry after receiving the all-clear.
Visitors may also utilize the fair’s Twitter feed (@mnstatefair) anywhere on the fairgrounds for weather updates.