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Aug. 24 – Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023

258 Days 11 Hours 35 Mins

Inclement Weather

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:

During the State Fair, we use a WEA (wireless emergency alert) system, an official, national alert system. This alert comes from the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center. This is the same system used when Amber Alerts are issued. On your smartphone, please make sure the emergency and government alert notifications are enabled. More info: iPhones; Androids

While at the fair, you may also hear a severe weather alert and/or be alerted by law enforcement that you need to seek shelter.

Move into a nearby building, preferably one of the six 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, 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.

Official updates will also be posted on the Updates page of the State Fair’s website and the State Fair’s Twitter feed (@mnstatefair). You do not need to have a Twitter account to read recent updates.