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Media Kit

Updated: Thurs., Aug. 3, 2023

Dear Members of the Media and State Fair Friends,

Welcome to the 2023 Minnesota State Fair!

We’ve compiled this media kit to aid you in your State Fair reporting and hope you find it to be a useful tool. It is divided into sections that include everything from State Fair history and trivia to competition and entertainment schedules, guest services information, and more.

Because information is always subject to change, this media kit features links to pages on our website. The website will always have the most up-to-date information and is your one-stop source of accuracy for the Minnesota State Fair.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to working with you Aug. 24 through Sept. 4 at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Thank you and enjoy the fair!

Minnesota State Fair Marketing & Communications Team

* The link for Daily Schedules is included throughout this media kit but please note, the Daily Schedules will be continually updated until the fair opens.


Media Services

Marketing & Communications Department

The marketing & communications department handles all marketing inquiries for the Minnesota State Fair. Types of inquiries may include: advertising; production and package story assistance; social media; footage of or interview arrangements with free stage and Grandstand artists, concessionaires, vendors and State Fair experts; corporate communication; media exhibit space and more.

Marketing & Communications Contacts:

Christine Noonan
Marketing Director

Lara Hughes
Marketing & Communications Manager

Maria Hayden
Marketing & Social Media Supervisor

Contact Information:

All marketing & communications contacts can be reached via:
Email: media@mnstatefair.org
Media Relations Hotline: 651-288-4321

Media Resources

Daily Media Update:

The Daily Media Update is a tool for media personnel covering the fair. The update provides day-specific information on photo and video opportunities, Grandstand ticket availability, special events, breaking news and more. The Daily Media Update will be sent as a one-page PDF via email and the State Fair Media Twitter account the evening before each day of the fair. To receive this exclusive update, email media@mnstatefair.org and ask to be put on the list.

Media Relations Email and Hotline

media@mnstatefair.org and 651-288-4321: The email is monitored year-round. The hotline is available during non-fair time Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except on state holidays) and during fair time Monday, Aug. 14, through Monday, Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Media Twitter – @MSFMedia

The @MSFMedia Twitter account tweets official Minnesota State Fair news, special announcements and other newsworthy fair happenings intended for media use only. These tweets will streamline the process of disseminating information, especially during breaking news times. All official updates will be posted via this account. The account is protected and requires members of the media to send a “follow” request to the @MSFMedia Twitter account.

Updates

The fair’s website has a section called “Updates” where the fair will publish the latest information about what’s new and changed and how to make the most of a visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It is updated throughout the summer and during the fair can be found at mnstatefair.org/updates/.

State Fair Schedule Resources

Daily schedules, the Fair Finder and the smartphone app are resources for story ideas and daily events. Daily schedules can be found online at mnstatefair.org/schedule/. The Fair Finder is an online, searchable tool to learn more about food and merch at the fair. In addition to the website, the smartphone app features the Fair Finder for food and shopping information and daily schedule details. Learn more at mnstatefair.org/general-info/mobile-app/. Use these resources for the most complete and up-to-date State Fair daily schedules and vendor information.

Interview Arrangements

The marketing & communications staff is available to make connections and coordinate interviews with concessionaires, exhibitors, competitors, free stage artists, attraction operators and State Fair staff. Please email your request to media@mnstatefair.org.

Our photo galleries have royalty-free high-resolution images that may be used with television, print or digital news stories. Please visit the media photo galleries via the online media room at mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/. Please credit the Minnesota State Fair with use of all media gallery photos and list the event dates (Aug. 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023) whenever possible.

Online Media Room

Our online media room is available to all media through the State Fair website. To view State Fair news releases, fact sheets, photos and this media kit, please visit the media room at mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/.

Photography Access & Video Footage Guidelines

For information about taking photographs or video footage on the fairgrounds, please visit the online media room at mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/.

It may be possible for news photographers and videographers to access the Grandstand to photograph or get footage of a brief portion of the evening’s concert. Please note that access may be restricted depending on the artist. To inquire about obtaining permission to photograph or get footage of a Grandstand event, please contact the marketing & communications department at media@mnstatefair.org.

Safety & Security

Police, Fire & Medical

Emergencies (and to reach Dispatch Center for police, fire and medical): 911

The Arthur R. Blakey Jr. Police Station is located at 1826 West Dan Patch Ave. across from West End Market and is open 24 hours a day during the fair.

The police substation is located on the west side of Cosgrove Street between Dan Patch and Judson avenues.

There are two first aid locations on the fairgrounds. First Aid West is located across from West End Market on West Dan Patch Avenue. First Aid East is located on the outside of the north end of the 4-H Building on Cosgrove Street.

Public Safety

The State Fair has a comprehensive safety and security plan in place that includes its own police department and a variety of local, state and federal agencies. Additionally, the fair’s public safety program includes enhanced gate security with metal detectors at entrances, technology and communications systems, first aid and emergency medical services, and community ambassadors.

Social Media

Find the State Fair on:

  • Facebook: facebook.com/minnesotastatefair
  • Twitter: @mnstatefair
  • Instagram: @mnstatefair
  • Tiktok: @mnstatefair
  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/minnesota-state-fair/
  • Pinterest: pinterest.com/mnstatefair
  • YouTube: youtube.com/StateFairMN
  • Flickr: Flickr.com/groups/mnstatefairofficial/pool/
  • Twitter for use by media (protected account): @MSFMedia
  • Official Hashtag: #mnstatefair

Attendance Records

Recent attendance numbers are available at mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/attendance/

Daily Records

Day Attendance Year Established
Thursday 133,326 2019
Friday 157,224 2019
Saturday 222,194 2018
Sunday 209,969 1994
Monday 144,504 2017
Tuesday 136,987 2019
Wednesday 144,940 2018
Thursday 156,764 2018
Friday 209,789 2019
Saturday 270,426 2018
Sunday 245,243 2019
Monday 184,740 2019

Cumulative Records

Rank Attendance Year Established
1 2,126,551 2019
2 2,046,533 2018
3 1,997,320 2017
4 1,943,719 2016
5 1,842,222 2022
6 1,824,830 2014
7 1,790,497 2009
8 1,788,512 2012
9 1,779,738 2015
10 1,776,211 2010
11 1,769,872 2011
12 1,762,976 2001
13 1,741,825 2003
14 1,731,162 2013
15  1,706,486 2002

Ticketing & Savings

Admission tickets

mnstatefair.org/tickets/admission-tickets/

Ride & Attraction Tickets

mnstatefair.org/tickets/ride-and-attraction-tickets/

Grandstand Tickets

mnstatefair.org/tickets/grandstand-tickets/

Deals & Discounts

Discount Days

mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/

Blue Ribbon Bargain Book

Sponsored by Minnesota Lottery

The State Fair Blue Ribbon Bargain Book offers 100 coupons with huge savings on food, merchandise and attractions. Each coupon offers at least 30 percent off listed items. Coupons are valid every day of the fair. Books purchased during the fair support the mission of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, the fairgrounds and educational programs. mnstatefair.org/blue-ribbon-bargain-book/

Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide

Sponsored by Human Touch

This free guide lists discount days, best values, free stuff, sign-up-to-win drawings and hidden bargains at the fair, including deals on food and beverages. The Deals, Drawings & Giveaways Guide is available during the fair at all information booths and at mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/.

Last Chance Deals

Special food and merchandise bargains are offered on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, at many locations throughout the fairgrounds. These deals can be found on Sept. 4 in the Last Chance Day Deals flier at all information booths and at mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/.

Mighty Midway and Kidway Discounts


Special Days & Events

Calendar/Day Designations

Refer to the daily schedules at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for a detailed schedule of performances, demonstrations and activities for each day of the fair.

Thursday, Aug. 24
Opening Day

Friday, Aug. 25

Sponsored by PaintCare

  • Today’s Deals and Discounts: mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/
  • Governor’s Fire Prevention Day at Dan Patch Park: This annual fun-filled, action-packed Governor’s Fire Prevention Day is the largest fire-prevention education event in the world. Opportunities for families include learning about fire-safe behavior, fire prevention, safe escape from a fire, proper use of a fire extinguisher, how to prepare for an emergency, as well as technological improvements in burn treatment and firefighting equipment. Activities take place at Dan Patch Park, the North End and DNR Park. Presented by the Governor’s Council on Fire Prevention and Control. https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/

Saturday, Aug. 26
4-H Day

  • Visit the barns and animal competition areas to celebrate 4-H. See displays and performances in the 4-H Building.
  • Hubbard Broadcasting Day at Dan Patch Park: Hubbard Broadcasting Day features radio and podcast appearances, plus live music performances from locally owned and operated Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/

Sunday, Aug. 27

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Dan Patch Park: North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NĀTIFS) will be joined by guest chefs to present cooking demonstrations and discuss the foundations of Indigenous food systems. Indigenous music and learning activities for all ages. Activities are scheduled throughout the day at Dan Patch Park. https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/

Monday, Aug. 28
Seniors Day

Sponsored by Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line

  • Today’s Deals and Discounts: mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/
  • Mental Health Awareness at Dan Patch Park: This is a day filled with interactive, engaging, educational and fun activities for fair guests of all ages to explore mental health resources and information. Event organizers will host more than 50 organizations from throughout Minnesota to bring the most cutting-edge information on mental health and mental wellness to all. In addition, there will be a full stage lineup of diverse stage performances for a wide variety of audiences, including children’s programming, cultural performances, youth performances, musicians, therapy animals, and more! There will also be a collaborative art project anyone can help with as they walk through the event. Minnesotans of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enjoy the day! Presented by NAMI Minnesota & Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health and Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health. https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/ 
  • Minnesota State Patrol Day at the North End: Troopers will be at North Underwood Street throughout the day to answer questions from fair guests. Squads (new and vintage) will be on display, and troopers from various specialty assignments will highlight some of the unique services offered by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Tuesday, Aug. 29
Military Appreciation Day

Sponsored by Metro-wide 911 Centers, Northstar Bus Lines, ShiftMed and the Transportation Security Administration

  • Today’s Deals and Discounts: mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/
  • Military Appreciation Day at Dan Patch Park: Guests can stop by to visit educational booths and organizations that support the military in celebration of Military Appreciation Day. Additional programs are also held throughout the fairgrounds, including at the Veterans Garden and the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. A flyover takes place in the morning. https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/

Wednesday, Aug. 30
Kids Day

Sponsored by AuSM, Can Do Canines, Minnesota Alliance With Youth, People for PSEO and Save the Boundary Waters

  • Today’s Deals and Discounts: mnstatefair.org/deals-and-discounts/
  • Theater Day at Dan Patch Park: Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. Everyone’s favorite zoo crew sets out on a wild adventure in this upbeat musical based on the DreamWorks hit movie “Madagascar.” ETC Productions brings together performers and technicians ages 15-19 to present a one-hour show that will give you no choice but to “Move it, move it!” https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/

Thursday, Aug. 31
Seniors Day

Friday, Sept. 1

Saturday, Sept. 2
FFA Day

  • Several FFA livestock judging events take place throughout the day. https://www.mnstatefair.org/competitions/ffa/
  • Pan-Latino Day at Dan Patch Park: La Raza 95.7 FM and 1400/1470 AM, Minnesota’s top Latino radio stations, host a festival of the diversity represented under the colorful panorama of Latin American cultures in Minnesota. Enjoy Latin dance classes, performances by the Mexica Danzantes Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, Dos Coronas, Mariachi Son de Morelos, La Comparsa de Chinelos de San Pablo Apóstol, Rumba Nueva and more. Plus, arts activities and interactive experiences with Muralismos de Mexico, Alebrijes de Minneapolis, and the participation of many of the key organizations working in the Latino community in Minnesota will be featured throughout the day. https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/dan-patch-park-stage/

Sunday, Sept. 3
Friends of the Fair Day

  • Fair guests can stop by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation tent outside the J.V. Bailey House to learn more about the Foundation and becoming a Friend of the Fair member. https://www.msffoundation.org/

Monday, Sept. 4
Kids Day

Special Events & Ceremonies

Refer to the daily schedules at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for more information about the following special events & ceremonies.

70th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Coronation

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Located at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell

Since 1954, the Princess Kay program has recognized young women who are involved in the Minnesota dairy community. Dairy princesses from across the state exhibit leadership and communication skills as they compete to be Princess Kay of the Milky Way, with the winner serving as the dairy community’s spokesperson and goodwill ambassador throughout the year. She and the nine finalists will have their likenesses sculpted in butter during the State Fair in the Dairy Building. The competition is organized by Midwest Dairy. For more information, please contact Sara Grasmon with Bellmont Partners at sara@bellmontpartners.com or 320-522-0483.

Opening Ceremony

Thursday, Aug. 24, 10:15 a.m., Located at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell

CEO Renee Alexander and President Joe Scapanski declare the State Fair officially open at the Opening Ceremony with the national anthem and a flag raising by members of the Minnesota State Fair Police Department.

Flag Raising

Located at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell

With the exception of Aug. 24 and 25, flag raising ceremonies occur daily at 10:25 a.m. On Aug. 24, the flag raising is at 10:15 a.m. during the Opening Ceremony. On Aug. 25, the flag raising is at 10:10 a.m. as part of Governor’s Fire Prevention Day at Dan Patch Park.

Veterans Garden Ceremony

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 9:15 a.m., Located at the Veterans Garden on the south side of the Agriculture Horticulture Building

Minnesota’s military veterans of every era will be celebrated during a special ceremony at the State Fair’s Veterans Garden. The garden was established in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, and honors all Minnesotans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces from territorial days through today. The garden features memorials to Minnesota veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Also featured is a Gold Star Families memorial honoring families of those who died while in military service to our nation, and a Blue Star Memorial honoring all American military veterans.

2023 Best Awards Ceremony

Thursday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m., Located at the International Bazaar Stage

State Fair superintendents and other State Fair organizers will nominate exhibitors, vendors or concessionaires for the “2023 Best Awards.” A committee will then review nominations and select winners who are announced at this ceremony. For a list of past winners and more info, visit mnstatefair.org/competitions/best-awards/

50 Year Awards

Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m., Located at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell

This award honors individuals and organizations with 50 years of State Fair participation.

38th Annual Milk Run

This 5-kilometer certified race moved to a new date in 2023, and took place Saturday, May 27, in conjunction with Kickoff to Summer at the Fair. A field of 1,560 runners competed for a grand total of 90 awards in 13 age categories. For more info, visit mnstatefair.org/competitions/milk-run-5k-race/


Getting to the Fair

Parking on the Fairgrounds

Visit mnstatefair.org/parking/vehicle for information about parking on the fairgrounds. For parking lot updates and information, visit mnstatefair.org/updates/parking/

Park & Ride

The State Fair offers free parking with free bus service to and from the fair within a short distance of the fairgrounds. Visit mnstatefair.org/transportation/free-park-and-ride/ for more information. For Park & Ride lot updates and information, visit mnstatefair.org/updates/parking/

Express Bus Service

Free parking and direct bus rides for a small fee are provided by Metro Transit, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and SouthWest Transit. For links to more information on each of these providers, visit mnstatefair.org/transportation/metro-transit/

Metro Transit representatives are also available at 612-373-3333 or 711 – Minnesota Relay (hearing impaired).

Accessible Parking & Transportation

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle Parking at Park & Ride Lots

Select Park & Ride lots allow riders to park and lock their bicycles and take a free bus to and from the fair. For exact locations, visit mnstatefair.org/transportation/free-park-and-ride/.

Motorcycle Parking

Taxis & Rideshare Apps

For information about taxi drop-off and pick-ups and rideshare apps such as Lyft and Uber, visit mnstatefair.org/transportation/taxi-and-rideshare/.


Guest Services

Accessible Services

Accommodations for guests with disabilities include assistive listening devices for Grandstand shows, sign language interpreters, audio description, captioning, wheelchair and electric scooter rental, free Park & Ride Lot and bus service, sensory-friendly morning at Mighty Midway & Kidway, wheelchair battery charging, the Fraser Sensory Building, Braille books at Alphabet Forest, large print maps, bariatric seating, a new universally designed changing restroom with hoist by Momentum Refresh and more. For a complete list of services, refer to the Accessibility Guide at mnstatefair.org/general-info/accessibility-guide/ or pick up details at any information booth.

App for Iphone and Android Smartphones

Information on the State Fair app and how to download it can be found at mnstatefair.org/general-info/mobile-app/. The app is free and features the popular Fair Finder, which is a tool to search for State Fair foods, shops and exhibits. It also includes complete daily schedule information.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation

During the fair, ASL interpreters are available to assist guests 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and at select performances. mnstatefair.org/general-info/accessibility-guide/#asl

ATMs

ATMs are available at numerous locations throughout the fairgrounds. Visit mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities/ or check out a State Fair map for details.

Banking Services

Bremer Bank is located in Visitors Plaza and serves vendors and Bremer clients from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the fair.

Bargain Book & State Fair Poster Carts

2023 Blue Ribbon Bargain Books and commemorative art posters are available for purchase at various carts located on the fairgrounds. Proceeds support the mission of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Blue Ribbon Bargain Books are sponsored by Minnesota Lottery. mnstatefair.org/blue-ribbon-bargain-book/

Batteries

A selection of regular batteries is available for purchase at Steichen’s Grocery & Deli in the Commissary Building located north of the Sheep & Poultry Barn. Batteries are also available at Bobby & Steve’s Auto World, located on Cooper Avenue between Wright and Underwood streets. An area for recharging wheelchair batteries is located in Care & Assistance on West Dan Patch Avenue south of West End Market. Outlets to plug in scooters are also available on the exterior south wall of the Grandstand between the two entrance doors.

Campground

The Minnesota State Fair Campground is located at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, and space sells out well in advance of the fair. A reservation must be completed and confirmed prior to arrival. For more information, visit mnstatefair.org/general-info/campground/. The media are not allowed to enter the campground without prior approval; please reach out to media@mnstatefair.org with a specific request.

Care & Assistance

Located on the south side of West Dan Patch Avenue across from West End Market

Care & Assistance is headquarters for people of any age who have become lost or separated from their group. ID wristbands and nursing and infant care facilities are available, as well as an area to recharge wheelchair batteries. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/care-and-assistance/ for hours and more information.

Charging stations

Cell phones can be charged at several locations on the fairgrounds. Refer to mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities/ for a list of locations.

Comments & Suggestions

Feedback is welcome at Guest Relations in Visitors Plaza. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (9 p.m. on Labor Day) or email guestservices@mnstatefair.org.

Daily Schedules

Free printed schedules of each day’s events are available to guests at all information booths. Daily schedules can also be viewed at mnstatefair.org/schedule/.

First Aid

Sponsored by Regions Hospital

First Aid West is located on the south side of West Dan Patch Avenue across from West End Market, and First Aid East is located outside the north end of the 4-H Building on Cosgrove Street. Injuries and ailments can be treated at either first aid station. In the event of an emergency (and to reach Dispatch Center for police, fire and medical), call 911. mnstatefair.org/faq/health-and-safety/

Hand Wash Stations

Hand wash stations are available in the Food Building and at many entrances to buildings in the livestock area, including Compeer Arena, the Cattle Barn, Cattle Annex, Sheep & Poultry Barn, Christensen Pavilion and the CHS Miracle of Birth Center. Please consult a State Fair map for exact locations. 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. mnstatefair.org/faq/health-and-safety/

Hours of Operation

mnstatefair.org/general-info/hours-of-operation/

ID Wristbands

Identification wristbands to help reunite lost children and vulnerable adults with their caregivers are available free of charge at all information booths and Care & Assistance. mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities/

Information Booths

Sponsored by Humana

Free daily schedules, maps (sponsored by Star Tribune), specialty brochures and more are available at all information booths. Locations are noted by a “?” on the map. Visit mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities/ for info booth details.

Lost & Found Items

Visit mnstatefair.org/location/lost-and-found/ for information about lost & found during and after the fair.

Lost people

Care & Assistance, located on the south side of West Dan Patch Avenue across from West End Market, is headquarters for people of any age who are lost or separated from their group. If the lost person is a child, contact 911, and a police officer will initiate a search. If a child is not quickly reunited with their party, the police officer will escort the child to Care & Assistance. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/care-and-assistance/ for information.

Minnesota State FairWear Gift Shops

State FairWear Gift Shops feature Minnesota State Fair merchandise, as well as Blue Ribbon Bargain Books and Official 2023 State Fair Commemorative Art merchandise featuring the work of Minneapolis crop artist Liz Schreiber. Purchases made in State FairWear Gift Shops support the mission of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Visit mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities/ for locations and hours.

Religious Services

Religious services are offered on Sunday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 3. Ecumenical services are held at 9:15 a.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell and at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Chapel on Underwood Street. A Catholic mass is held at 9:15 a.m. at the Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park.

Smoking

For the comfort and safety of all, designated smoking areas have been established at convenient locations throughout the fairgrounds. Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes and vape pens) is permitted only in these areas. Each designated smoking area consists of a bench and receptacle to safely deposit spent cigarettes. Marijuana smoking is prohibited throughout the fairgrounds. Designated smoking areas are identified on State Fair maps, which are available at all information booths and at mnstatefair.org/general-info/maps/.

Trolleys

Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare

Two free trolleys serve the fairgrounds northern area daily. mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities

UPS Store

The UPS Store is located in Visitors Plaza. Visit mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities for more information.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

Sponsored by DragNFly Wireless

Free Wi-Fi service is available at a hotspot located at the west Grandstand Plaza. mnstatefair.org/faq/amenities


What’s New

Attractions, Competitions, Exhibits, Merchandise Vendors and Celebrations

From immersive public art to new Kidway rides to enhanced accessibility offerings, the 50th Annual Amateur Talent Contest, and so much more, the State Fair has dozens of new attractions and offerings for this year’s fair. Visit mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/media-gallery-attraction/ for the media photo gallery of new attractions. To share new attractions with the public, use this link: mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/attraction/

Here is a list of the new attractions and exhibits you will find at the above links: Sweet & Selfie Experience; Sensory-Friendly Morning at Mighty Midway & Kidway; Can Can Wonderland Mini Golf On-A-Stick; Pan-Latino Day at Dan Patch Park; Universally Designed Changing Restroom with Hoist by Momentum Refresh; 50th Annual Amateur Talent Contest; Naturalization Ceremonies & Oaths of Allegiance; Future Projections’ Canopy/Calliope; Oink Booth – A New Look; History Walking Tour – 5 New Stops; Theater Day at Dan Patch Park: Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR.; Two New Kidway Rides; Gate 9 on Como Avenue – Redeveloped; New Competition Themes; New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions;  Little Farm Hands Celebrates 20 Years; Mighty Midway & Kidway Fun Card; a host of new food and merchandise vendors; and new sponsors and touring promotional exhibits.

Official New Foods & New Food Vendors for 2023

The State Fair added 34 official new foods and 7 new vendors to the expansive menu already offered. Visit mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/new-this-year/food/ for the media photo gallery of new foods and new food vendors. To share new foods with the public, use this link: mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/food/

Specialty Sips for 2023

Check out mnstatefair.org/general-info/specialty-brews-and-beverages/ to see a full list of this year’s specialty brews and beverages debuting or found only at the 2023 Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art

The Minnesota State Fair’s 2023 Commemorative Art was created by Minneapolis crop artist Liz Schreiber. This richly detailed mosaic of iconic State Fair imagery is made with 29 different types of seeds. Schreiber focused on her favorite aspects of the fair when deciding what to depict in the artwork. “Looking at the piece, you’ll see that ‘corn’ is a big theme: roasted corn, corn dogs,” she said. “Plus, I always loved the antique tractors (Old Iron Show) on Machinery Hill. Cattle and all the animals are also a huge draw for me. And the Ferris wheel is such an iconic symbol of the fair.”

The 22″ by 30″ crop art with an original frame will be on display in the Fine Arts Center during the 2023 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The commemorative poster and other merchandise featuring the art are available for purchase at mnstatefair.org and will also be available during the fair at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book and State Fair Poster Carts on the fairgrounds. Proceeds support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, fairgrounds and educational programs.

To learn more and see a photo of the artwork, visit mnstatefair.org/commemorative-art/


Competition, Agriculture & Education

Agriculture is the foundation of the Minnesota State Fair. According to the book History of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society (1910), the purpose of the first territorial and state fairs was to ‘boost’ Minnesota. The theory was simple: “Once the outside world heard of the existence of bona fide agricultural societies in the territory, rumors of a frozen wasteland beyond Lake Superior would quickly fade away … such a place [of rich agricultural exhibition] must be a farmer’s paradise!” Today, the State Fair continues the tradition of showcasing Minnesota’s agriculture. People come from all over the nation to show the very best in livestock and crops. Far from a frozen wasteland, Minnesota is a national leader in agricultural exports.

4-H Competitions

mnstatefair.org/competitions/4-h/

Nearly 3,000 animals come to the fairgrounds for the 4-H Livestock show which runs from Thursday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 27. Animal species include beef and dairy cattle, dairy and meat goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. Llama and alpacas are at the fair Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ or visit extension.umn.edu/4-h-events/4-h-minnesota-state-fair for a schedule of 4-H competitions. For interview requests or more information on 4-H, please contact Madeline Eaton at 612-867-3351 or eaton112@umn.edu.

4-H Building

mnstatefair.org/location/4h-building/

The 4-H Building displays the artwork, technology and other projects created by talented Minnesota 4-H members. The Harkness Hall and Erickson stages feature musical performances and performing arts all 12 days of the State Fair. Also here, 4-H’ers participate in fashion shows and other competitions. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at the link above or visit extension.umn.edu/4-h-events/4-h-minnesota-state-fair for a schedule of 4-H competitions, performances and demonstrations.

Purple Ribbon Auction

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, Located in Compeer Arena

4-H youth participants in the Purple Ribbon Auction proudly showcase their award-winning animals. These animals and their owners have progressed to the State Fair from county fairs across the state, where they placed among the top entrants. These promising young Minnesotans will receive proceeds from the sale of their purple ribbon-winning livestock at this auction. mlbapurpleribbonauction.org

4-H Llama-Alpaca Costume Competition

6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, Located in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum

4-H’ers and their llamas and alpacas dress in complementary costumes. This creative and nationally recognized competition provides for a colorful and visual experience. mnstatefair.org/animals/llamas-and-alpacas/

Agriculture Horticulture Building and Competitions

Sponsored by Bremer Bank

mnstatefair.org/location/agriculture-horticulture-building

The Agriculture Horticulture Building displays the ag-hort-bee competitions, including Christmas trees, bee & honey culture, farm crops, crop art & scarecrows, flowers, fruits & wines, and vegetables & potatoes. Other features include: The Common Table: Minnesota Eats exhibit, The DIRT demonstration area, Minnesota State Florist Association’s rotunda exhibit, a rotation of various flower shows, ag-hort-bee demonstrations and presentations, and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Largest vegetable winners are also on display all 12 days of the fair, including the Giant Pumpkin Contest. Visit the link above for a schedule of activities in the Ag-Hort Building and mnstatefair.org/competitions/ag-hort-bee/ for an overview of the competitions.

Bee & Honey

mnstatefair.org/competitions/ag-hort-bee/bee-and-honey/

In the bee & honey show, experienced and amateur producers of honey and beeswax display their products, including honey, candles, photography and more. Demonstrations and presentations daily. The popular Bee Beard Demonstration will be held for the 24th year. Gary Reuter, apiary scientist at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, will lead the daring display of 10,000 honeybees landing on the faces of two volunteers, forming a living beard of bees on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/location/agriculture-horticulture-building/ for a bee/honey presentation and demonstration schedule.

The Common Table: Minnesota Eats

This interactive exhibit inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat. The actions we take every day matter, as we are all directly linked to our food. Centering around six areas of action – Buy Local, Eat Local, Grow Food, Nurture Soil, Promote Justice, and Reduce Waste, The Common Table: Minnesota Eats exhibit provides a learning opportunity and takeaway for every age and interest. Learn from the people who are changing the way we grow, buy and eat food. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/location/the-common-table/ for a presentation and demonstration schedule.

Crop Art & Farm Crops

Unique to the Minnesota State Fair, crop art is made from Minnesota-grown seeds, stems and other plant parts on supporting backgrounds with or without the use of paints and dyes. Works of art entered into this year’s competition, as well as pieces by renowned crop artists, are on display all 12 days of the fair. The fair’s scarecrow competition showcases creative, freestanding scarecrows made by adults, children or groups. mnstatefair.org/competitions/ag-hort-bee/crop-art-and-scarecrow/ The fair’s farm crops competition includes categories for utility certified seeds, seed ears, old and new corn, and sheaves of grain. mnstatefair.org/competitions/ag-hort-bee/farm-crops/

The DIRT Demonstration Stage

Sponsored by DISH

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Master gardeners, florists and other experts team up to offer informative demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at the link above.

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild presents “Brewed in Minnesota,” an educational and interactive exhibit that celebrates and explores craft beer, agriculture and the people who bring it all together. The Guild will offer flights of craft beer from Minnesota breweries and brewpubs; educational stations showcasing the history, agriculture and industry that supports Minnesota craft beer; and daily stage programs that showcase what everyone should know about Minnesota craft beer, the Guild and its members. Visit Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s website at mncraftbrew.org/event/state-fair/ for more information.

Agrilympics

Local celebrities compete in agricultural contests, including hand-milking a cow, animal calling, wool packing and butter carving. All contests are held on the Moo Stage located outside the northwest end of the Cattle Barn. All Agrilympics events are presented by AgDay 365. Do you have a media celebrity interested in participating in this year’s Agrilympics? If so, contact Doris Mold at 612-414-7574 or mnstatefairagrilympics@gmail.com.

Baa Booth

Located near the south entrance of the Sheep Barn on the north side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets

The Baa Booth is an educational exhibit featuring sheep displays and hands-on activities. The Baa Booth is open the first eight days of the fair. mnstatefair.org/location/baa-booth/

Goat Booth

Located near the south entrance of the Sheep Barn on the north side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets

Get answers to fascinating questions about the tassels that hang from a goat’s neck (they’re called wattles), how much milk goats produce, why some goat breeds have such different-looking ears, and more. The Goat Booth is open the last four days of the fair. mnstatefair.org/location/goat-booth/

Moo Booth & Milking Parlor
Located in the Cattle Barn on the south side of Judson Avenue between Stevens and Liggett streets

The Moo Booth is a family-friendly exhibit where guests can watch cows being milked, take part in educational activities and learn about the care and management of cattle. Demonstrations and activities take place on the Moo Stage outside the Cattle Barn, as well as on the Barn Stage inside the Cattle Barn. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/moo-booth/ for more information and a schedule or refer to the daily schedules in print.

Moo Stage Activities Schedule

Located at the Moo Booth, outside the Cattle Barn on the south side of Judson Avenue

Refer to the daily schedules in print or at https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/daily-schedules/ for a presentation schedule.

Barn Stage Activities Schedule

Located inside the Cattle Barn on the south side of Judson Avenue

Refer to the daily schedules in print or at https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/daily-schedules/ for a presentation schedule.

Oink Booth

Located in the northeast corner of the Christensen Pavilion (formerly Swine Barn) off Stevens Street

Presented by the Minnesota Pork Board, the Oink Booth has a new look! Designed to reflect a real modern-day pig barn, the newly constructed Oink Booth has expanded with more educational games and interactive activities about pigs in Minnesota. Fair guests can still see a sow and piglets up close, observe the largest boar and sport free pig ear headbands. mnstatefair.org/location/oink-booth/

CHS Miracle of Birth Center

Located on the south side of Judson Avenue between Clough and Nelson streets

The CHS Miracle of Birth Center debuted at the fair in 2001 and moved to its current location in 2006. This agricultural education exhibit is the birthplace of nearly 200 animals, including calves, lambs and piglets, during the fair’s 12-day run. Volunteers with FFA and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association answer questions about livestock and animal care. Fair visitors also can discover more about how farmers use different egg production systems to produce safe and wholesome food. mnstatefair.org/location/chs-miracle-of-birth-center/

Christensen Farms Stage

Sponsored by T-Mobile

Located outside the CHS Miracle of Birth Center

The Christensen Farms Stage features the Thank a Farmer Magic Show and a number of agriculture education demonstrations and talks. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/location/christensen-farms-stage/ for a presentation schedule.

Thank a Farmer Magic Show

Located at the Christensen Farms Stage

Born into a six-generation farm family, Rhonda Ross Swanson knows a thing or two about the important role agriculture, farmers and ranchers play in our daily lives. Incorporating magic, comedy and zany fun, this show educates and engages children of all ages. mnstatefair.org/booths-and-showcases/thank-a-farmer-magic-show/

Compeer Arena

Located on the north side of Judson Avenue west of the Horse Barn

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Compeer Arena is home to horse, cattle, llama, goat and sheep competitions among 4-H, FFA and open-class exhibitors. Compeer Arena was built in 2012; construction was supported by contributions to the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.

Creative Activities Building and Competitions

Located on the northeast corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

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The creative activities department presents an annual exhibition of the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer. Participation is limited to Minnesota residents. The Cambria Kitchen in the Creative Activities Building is home to a demonstration area with presentations occurring every day of the fair. In 1971 the competition department and category of Creative Activities debuted after formerly being known as Home Activities and Woman’s Activities. A timeline in the Creative Activities Building depicts a variety of significant moments in the history of Creative Activities at the fair. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for a schedule.

Education Building and K-12 Competitions

Located on the east side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues

The Education Building houses a variety of educational exhibitors, as well as the K-12 competition. The K-12 competition presents an annual exhibition of the work of Minnesota students in kindergarten through grade 12. Projects conceived and executed at home as well as school projects are welcome. Examples of displays include drawings, paintings, sewing, reports and creative writing, photography, woodwork and more. Visit mnstatefair.org/competitions/k-12-competition/ for more information about competing.

Robotic Demonstrations

Located in the Education Building

Each day of the fair, two to three middle or high school robotics teams demonstrate how their robots work. Fair visitors can watch as the teams navigate through various tasks that showcase the skills and inner-workings of the robots. Teams may choose audience members to “drive” the robots for a hands-on experience. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for a schedule.

Competition Entry Lists, Results and Livestreaming

Lists of entries in the livestock, FFA and horse departments for the 2023 Minnesota State Fair allow exhibitors and fair guests alike to find out which exhibitors have submitted their entries and are coming to the State Fair this year. These lists and 2023 competition results, including livestock, ag-hort-bee, creative activities and more are at mnstatefair.org/competitions/. Historical competition results can be found at corp.arcasearch.com/usmnmsf/. The State Fair presents free livestreams of draft horse shows and livestock shows. Livestream links are available at mnstatefair.org/competitions/livestreaming/.

FFA Competitions

FFA Awards Ceremony Sponsored by Bremer Bank

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The 2023 FFA Livestock Show runs from Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4. Entries are open to Minnesota students in grades 9-12 who are regularly enrolled in an agricultural education program or are active members of an FFA chapter that is in good standing in the state FFA association. Departments include beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, crops, agriculture technology, judging contests, safe tractor operators contest, landscape design and construction, agricultural interactive exhibits/demonstrations and – new this year – vegetable and potato, poultry, rabbits and live agricultural mechanics competitions Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3. Refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for a schedule.

Fine Arts Center and Exhibition

Located on the southeast corner of Randall Avenue and Cosgrove Street

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The fine arts department presents an annual exhibition that is the result of a juried competition. Participation is open to all living residents of Minnesota, and each may submit one work for consideration. Works selected by the jurors are displayed in the Fine Arts Center every day of the State Fair. Select artwork will be sold in the Fine Arts Center with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting State Fair arts programs through the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3). For information about the fine arts competition, visit mnstatefair.org/competitions/fine-arts/.

Studio: Here

Located in the Fine Arts Center

Each day of the fair, a practicing Minnesota artist will create artwork and interact with fair guests. This special exhibition provides a window into the working artist’s world and an up-close look at the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how art is created. The participating artists work in a variety of 2D and 3D media and include: Judy Sell (mosaics), Alexandra Beaumont (textiles), John Brindewald (printmaking), Leila Rastegar (painting), Nicole Mueller (photography), Heather Renaux (painting), Chris Cinque (drawing/painting), Matt Kania (painting), C.L. Martin (drawing), Kar-Keat Chong (watercolor/ink), Emilie Bouvier, (photography/ceramics) and Jacob Meer (pottery). Refer to the daily schedules at mnstatefair.org/location/fine-arts-center/ for the artist schedule.

Be a Fine Arts Detective

Located in the Fine Arts Center

Participants use observational skills to work their way through a quiz that takes them on a scavenger hunt through the gallery. Fair guests earn a ribbon when the quiz is complete. Two levels of difficulty are available and great for all ages. Learn more by stopping by the information desk in the Fine Arts Center.

Horse Barn

Located on the northwest corner of Judson Avenue and Liggett Street

The Horse Barn, built in 1937, is home to horses preparing for competition, as well as a variety of educational exhibits. The Horse Barn can house more than 500 horses at one time. To ensure the safety of fair guests, horses and exhibitors, the Horse Barn will close early on select days during competition preparation but may reopen after competition concludes. To see the majestic draft horses perform, venture across the street to the Warner Coliseum. Please note competition preparation will also affect the hours of Aisle of Breeds and EquiMania!™ mnstatefair.org/animals/horses/ for horse barn hours.

Aisle of Breeds

Located in the center aisle of the Horse Barn

A variety of horse breeds are showcased throughout the 12 days of the State Fair. Fair guests can stop by to meet horses and their owners, get answers to equine questions and learn about horseback riding. Breeds include: Peruvian, Norwegian Fjord, Paso Fino, Cleveland Bay, Pintabian, Pinto, Appaloosa, Percheron, Quarter Horse, American Bashkir Curly, Clydesdale, Paint, Rocky Mountain Saddlehorse, Standardbred and more. mnstatefair.org/location/aisle-of-breeds/

EquiMania!™

Located in the Horse Barn

This comprehensive horse exhibit features full-size skeletons and anatomy models, dental tools, tail-braiding and leg-wrapping activities, an 80-foot-long digestive tract, and stations detailing horse behavior and reproduction, rider safety, careers and more. This free interactive education center for horse enthusiasts of all ages is presented by the Minnesota State Fair and Equine Guelph, the horse owners’ center at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. mnstatefair.org/location/equimania/

Kemps Little Farm Hands

Sponsored by Kemps, Cub, Cargill and Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Located on the west side of Cooper Street between Lee and Randall avenues

Little Farm Hands is a free, hands-on agricultural education exhibit that takes children through the agricultural process from farm to grocery store. Farm hands, adorned with work aprons, help with farm chores, collect goods to sell at the farmers market and then spend their earnings at the grocery store. Stop by stations to learn about soil and the importance of pollinators. Farm hands ages 11 and older can become Ag-Vestigators on the hunt for fun farm facts.  mnstatefair.org/location/little-farm-hands/

Livestock Departure & Arrival

Livestock departure & arrival occurs in all livestock areas (except the Horse Barn, where barn hours vary; and CHS Miracle of Birth Center) on Sunday, Aug. 27, Thursday, Aug. 31, and Labor Day, Sept. 4. On these days, for the safety of guests, exhibitors and animals, the barns and areas of the livestock facilities close at 1 p.m. as animals leave the barns and preparations are made for different breeds and classes of animals to move in. Refer to the daily schedules at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for animal display times, dates and locations.

Livestock Judging Locations

Livestock competition takes place in several barns, the Exercise Ring, Compeer Arena and the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Refer to the daily schedules at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for the complete livestock judging schedule. The following location descriptions will make judging areas easier to find:

  • Compeer Arena: Located on the north side of Judson Avenue, just west of the Horse Barn.
  • Exercise Ring: Located south of the Warner Coliseum.
  • Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum: Main entrance on the south side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets, directly across from the Sheep & Poultry Barn.
  • Poultry Barn: Judging takes place on the east side of the Sheep & Poultry Barn. It is located on the north side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets.
  • Robert A. Christensen Pavilion (formerly Swine Barn): There are two rings in the pavilion, located roughly in the center of the building. The Christensen Pavilion is located on the south side of Judson Avenue directly across from Compeer Arena.
  • Sheep Barn: Judging takes place on the west side of the Sheep & Poultry Barn. This barn is labeled “Goat” during the last four days of the fair. It is located on the north side of Judson Avenue between Liggett and Clough streets.

Minnesota State Fair Horse Show

One of the premier horse expositions in the nation, the Minnesota State Fair Horse show features several competitions, breeds and demonstrations – all free with State Fair admission. The show is a 12-day multi-breed event consisting of performance, pleasure, stock and draft horses, including Barnes Rodeo: Bulls & Barrels and more, many of which take place in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Check out the horse show schedule at mnstatefair.org/competitions/horses/ or refer to the daily schedules in print or at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for a schedule.


Entertainment

Grandstand Concert Series

Sponsored by Sleep Number

Grandstand Stage Lineup

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Grandstand Artist Media Gallery

mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/media-gallery-grandstand-artists/

Grandstand Entertainers by Year

View the “Grandstand Entertainers by Year” PDF at mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/.

Grandstand Entertainers by Number of Appearances

View the “Grandstand Entertainers Alphabetically & Including Number of Appearances” PDF at mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/.

Grandstand Tickets

mnstatefair.org/tickets/grandstand-tickets/

Grandstand FAQ

mnstatefair.org/faq/grandstand-shows/

Grandstand Info Guide

mnstatefair.org/general-info/grandstand-info-guide/

Free Live Entertainment Stages

mnstatefair.org/free-live-music-and-shows/

The Minnesota State Fair free stage entertainment lineup features more than 900 shows throughout the Great Minnesota Get-Together’s 12-day run – all free with fair admission. For interview and appearance arrangements with free stage artists, please contact the marketing & communications department at media@mnstatefair.org or 651-288-4321.

Leinie Lodge Bandshell

Sponsored by Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co.
Located on the west side of Cosgrove Street, north of the Space Tower
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Bandshell Tonight!

Sponsored by Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co.
Located at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell on the west side of Cosgrove Street, north of the Space Tower
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Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

Sponsored by August Schell Brewing Co.
Located at West End Market, west side
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West End at Sunset

Sponsored by August Schell Brewing Co.
Located at the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market, west side
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International Bazaar Stage

Sponsored by Summit Brewing Co.
Located at the International Bazaar
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Bazaar After Dark

Sponsored by Summit Brewing Co.
Located at the International Bazaar Stage
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Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park

Sponsored by Green Mill Restaurant
Located between Randall and Wright avenues and Cooper and Cosgrove streets
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Cosgrove Stage

Sponsored by Allina Health | Aetna
Located on the east side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues, outside the Education Building
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The Garden

Sponsored by Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Located on the southeast corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
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Free Entertainment/Exhibits on the Fairgrounds

Alphabet Forest

Located at Family Fair at Baldwin Park

Step inside the Alphabet Forest to discover literacy activities for all ages. Guests can meet a different author or illustrator each day at the Blue Ribbon Author Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., take pictures with Fair Letters, create alphabet Ferris wheels, add Minnesota State Fair words to the Fair Dictionary or play the Fabulous Fair Alphabet Game. Designed by author and illustrator Debra Frasier, this vocabulary-building game invites families to collect words they see, read, hear, feel or taste at the fair. Players who complete a game card win a blue ribbon at the Alphabet Forest at Baldwin Park. To see the author schedule or get a game card, stop by the Alphabet Forest or visit mnstatefair.org/location/alphabet-forest/ for more information. Alphabet Forest activities are brought to the fair by the Minnesota State Fair, Winding Oak and Debra Frasier. The Alphabet Forest is supported by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Refer to the daily schedule at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for the schedule of visiting authors.

Arts A’Fair

Located at the east Grandstand Plaza and at KSTP Heritage Plaza at West End Market

Arts A’Fair celebrates performing arts in Minnesota with pop-up showcases of drumming, music, puppetry, dance and theater throughout the fairgrounds. This year will feature performances by 15 performance groups from around the state of Minnesota. New artists for 2023 include Grupo de Danzas Colombianas in MN, Keane Sense of Rhythm and South Asian Arts & Theater House. Visit mnstatefair.org/booths-and-showcases/arts-afair/ for more information, and refer to the daily schedule at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for the schedule of performances.

Daily Parade

The State Fair Daily Parade begins at 2 p.m. The parade features the high school marching band exhibition, floats and special attractions. The parade route begins and ends near the Haunted House. Parade units are announced at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, as well as at the east side of the Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park. Visit mnstatefair.org/competitions/marching-bands/ for more information about the parade, the route and the marching band schedule.

Giant Sing Along

Located north of Lee Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets

A participatory public art installation created by Montreal-based artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, the Giant Sing Along offers an opportunity for fair guests to join together in a one-of-a-kind musical experience. A field of microphones welcomes everyone to sing along – karaoke-style. A large screen features the lyrics of modern and nostalgic songs and hits from musicals and movies. Software helps everyone sing in unison.  mnstatefair.org/art-and-garden/

Joyful World Mural Park

Located south of the Grandstand, east of the Grandstand Ramp

Imagination and joy come to life as four Minnesota artists paint large-scale artworks that reflect the world they want to live in. Throughout the fair’s 12 days, artists will be on-site creating their murals. Stop by to watch the work in progress by these participating artists: Philipo Dyauli, Mia Vue Jennings, Jordan M. Hamilton and Juliette Perine Meyers. In addition, 16 artworks created for the park during since the 2021 and 2022 State Fairs will be on display in the park. Joyful World Mural Park is produced in partnership with Forecast Public Art and supported by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. mnstatefair.org/art-and-garden/

Mascot Appearances

Free photo opportunities and autograph sessions with State Fair mascots Fairchild and Fairborne occur at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at Visitors Plaza. The mascots also appear in the 2 p.m. daily parade.

Math On-A-Stick

Located on the southwest corner of Randall Avenue and Cosgrove Street at Baldwin Park

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The fair has everything on-a-stick – even math. Started in 2015, the Math On-A-Stick experience is where kids and grown-ups can explore fun math concepts at the fair. Families can count their way through the fairgrounds on a Number Game scavenger hunt, noticing that a corndog has one stick, a cow has four legs, the Great Big Wheel has 36 gondolas, and so on. Visitors can discover how math can be creative in special activities led by visiting mathematicians and artists who use math in their careers. Refer to the daily schedule at mnstatefair.org/schedule/ for a list of visiting mathematicians and artists, supported by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.

The North Woods

Sponsored by Good Health Saunas
Located on the east side of Cooper Street between Lee & Randall avenues, east of Little Farm Hands

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  • All-Star Stunt Dogs Splash daily at 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m.
    Trick dog show, dock dogs, water jumping
  • Timberworks Lumberjack Show daily at noon, 3, 5:30 & 7 p.m.
    Lumberjack sports, including axe throwing, speed climbing, log rolling and more.

Talent Contests

50th Annual State Fair Amateur Talent Contest

The Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest is an event almost as legendary as corndogs and cotton candy. Semifinalists are selected from nearly 400 acts that auditioned in late July in one of three divisions (open, teen and preteen) for a chance to move on to the semifinals held during the fair. Semifinals are held at 6 p.m. nightly Aug. 24-Sept. 2, at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. One hundred and twenty semifinalists are competing for a place in the final round. The final round will feature the 26 remaining contestants competing for more than $20,000 in cash awards. The open division winner receives $10,000. Nearly 10,000 fans will attend the finals at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Grandstand. All Amateur Talent Contest events are free with fair admission.

Over the past five decades, more than 17,000 acts have auditioned for the MSF Amateur Talent Contest, with 5,500 qualifying for semifinal competition. More than $250,000 in prize money has been awarded to top finishers. Past winners include Nashville-based country music singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith, local theater actor Max Wojtanowicz, beatbox artist DJ Snuggles, and Minneapolis’ first family of soul The Steeles. Visit mnstatefair.org/competitions/amateur-talent-contests/ for more information and for a list of past amateur talent contest winners.

MSF County Fair Talent Contest

The MSF County Fair Talent Contest features winners from county fair talent contests around the state. Semifinals are held at 7 p.m. nightly Aug. 24-Sept. 1, at the Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park. Finals are held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Family Fair Stage. Participants who finish first and second in each division (open, teen and preteen) in the Sept. 2 county fair finals advance to the MSF Amateur Talent Contest Finals at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Grandstand. mnstatefair.org/competitions/amateur-talent-contests/

Fireworks Spectacular

Sponsored by Mazda

Fireworks follow each evening’s Grandstand show (weather permitting). Times vary, but fireworks shows generally start between 10 and 11 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. on Labor Day.


Food & Beverage

Official New Foods & New Food Vendors for 2023

The State Fair added 34 official new foods and seven new vendors to the expansive menu already offered. Visit mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/new-this-year/food/ for the media photo gallery of new foods and new food vendors. To share new foods with the public use this link: mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/food/

New Specialty Sips for 2023

Check out mnstatefair.org/general-info/specialty-brews-and-beverages/ to see a full list of this year’s specialty brews and beverages debuting or found only at the 2023 Minnesota State Fair.

Fair Finder: Online Searchable Tool for All Food & Beverages

Use the Fair Finder search engine at mnstatefair.org/fair-finder/food/ or on the Minnesota State Fair app to find all foods and beverages and their locations. The Fair Finder also includes information on vendors participating in special day deals and discounts.

How vendors are selected

The concessions and exhibits department is responsible for selecting concessionaires and exhibitors for the annual 12-day State Fair. Each year, many registrations are considered for a limited number of opportunities. The State Fair does not maintain a waiting list. As opportunities become available, vendors are selected from the pool of registrations submitted. Several criteria are considered in registration review, including: 1) experience at other fairs or shows; 2) booth presentation and appearance; 3) balance of similar products and services around the fairgrounds; 4) appropriateness of product, service or presentation to the available site; and 5) physical requirements. Visit mnstatefair.org/get-involved/concessions-and-exhibits/ for information about how to become a vendor.

Foods on-a-stick

Of the more than 500 foods offered at the State Fair, nearly 80 are served on-a-stick. For a list of all the food items served on-a-stick, use the Fair Finder link: mnstatefair.org/fair-finder/food/


Rides, Games & Attractions

Adventure Park

Located on the south side of Judson Avenue between CHS Miracle of Birth Center and the Dairy Building
Adventure Park features extreme thrill attractions.
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Kidway

Sponsored by Kwik Trip
Located between Wright and Dan Patch avenues and Underwood and Cooper streets

Media MUST check in with the marketing & communications department at 651-288-4321 and the Kidway Office at 651-288-4491 before entering Kidway for interviews, video or photography. For safety reasons, NO VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED ON THE KIDWAY LOT.

Kidway features rides, attractions and food concessions for children and families. There are two new rides at Kidway in 2023 – Beach Shack and Pump & Jump. mnstatefair.org/location/kidway/

Mighty Midway

Located at the west end of the fairgrounds. Entrance at the intersection of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street

Media MUST check in with the marketing & communications department at 651-288-4321 and the Midway Operations Office at 651-288-4491 before entering Mighty Midway for interviews, video or photography. For safety reasons, NO VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED ON MIGHTY MIDWAY LOT.

Mighty Midway features rides, games of skill and food concessions. mnstatefair.org/location/mighty-midway/

Other Ticketed Attractions


Special Exhibits

Blue Ribbon BINGO

Located in Ramberg Center (sponsored by Cal Spas) on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson avenues, across from the Agriculture Horticulture Building

Blue Ribbon BINGO returns after a successful debut in 2022. Proceeds support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501 (c)(3). https://www.msffoundation.org/blue-ribbon-bingo/

Butter Sculptures

Located in the Dairy Building on the southwest corner of Judson Avenue and Underwood Street

Princess Kay and her court will each have their likenesses carved into a 90-pound block of butter by sculptor Gerry Kulzer. Princess Kay’s likeness will be carved over two days, on Thursday, Aug. 24 and Friday, Aug. 25, followed by one of the nine finalists’ likenesses carved each day of the fair through Sunday, Sept. 3. The princess being sculpted and the sculptor rotate in a 40° display cooler and periodically answer questions from the audience. For more information, please contact Sara Grasmon with Bellmont Partners at sara@bellmontpartners.com or 320-522-0483.

Cambria Kitchen

Located in the Creative Activities Building on the northeast corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

The Cambria Kitchen is a state-of-the-art food preparation facility that features insightful culinary demonstrations throughout each day of the fair. Find a schedule at mnstatefair.org/schedule/

The Common Table: Minnesota Eats

Located in the Agriculture Horticulture Building on the north side of Judson Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets

This interactive exhibit inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food they eat. More information and presentation schedule at mnstatefair.org/location/the-common-table/

DNR Building and Park

Located between Carnes and Judson avenues and Clough and Nelson streets

DNR Building and Park features information, demonstrations and displays on Minnesota’s forests, rivers and wildlife. Inside the building are aquariums and terrariums full of Minnesota fish and reptiles. Outside at DNR Park, visitors can view a pond full of fish species native to Minnesota, meet Smokey Bear and take part in activities and demonstrations. The DNR Volunteer Outdoor Stage provides music and demonstrations about Minnesota’s wildlife and environment. Find information and a schedule at mnstatefair.org/location/dnr-building-and-park/

Driven to Discover

Located on the west side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues

The University of Minnesota’s Driven to Discover is a research facility featuring collaboration between researchers and thousands of fair guests. University departments are seeking adults and children for several studies on many different topics. Guests can participate as part of a research study and meet with researchers and learn about their work. mnstatefair.org/location/driven-to-discover/

Eco Experience

Sponsored by Xcel Energy
Located in the Progress Center on the north side of Randall Avenue at Cosgrove Street

Presented by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, this exhibit is designed to inspire people to lead more sustainable lives while improving quality of life and the environment. Eco Experience showcases renewable energy and exhibits on air, water, land, green buildings, organic agriculture and local foods. Eco Experience includes a Sustainability Stage with environmental demonstrations, entertainment and healthy cooking presentations throughout the day. For a complete Sustainability Stage schedule and more information visit mnstatefair.org/location/eco-experience/.  For even more information, visit ecoexperience.org.

Family Fair

Located at Baldwin Park between Randall and Wright avenues and Cooper and Cosgrove streets

Family Fair features attractions, concessions and entertainment for the whole family. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/family-fair-at-baldwin-park/ for more information, and for a listing of entertainment at the Family Fair Stage, visit mnstatefair.org/location/family-fair-stage/.

FAN Central

Sponsored by Xfinity
Located on the west side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues

Many of Minnesota’s sports teams are featured under one roof. Fair guests can meet and greet players, purchase team merchandise and more. mnstatefair.org/location/fan-central/

Health Fair 11 at the Fair

Located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street
mnstatefair.org/location/health-fair-11/

Health Fair 11 at the Fair features 18 organizations offering health education and free or low-cost screenings, including:

  • Information on food allergies
  • Annual flu shots
  • Vision screening for children
  • Blood pressure checks, hearing assessments, blood typing and lung assessments
  • Gluten-free food options at the fair

History Walking Tour

Brought to you by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society and funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Learn about State Fair history and explore all corners of the grounds on this 12-stop self-guided tour. Visit https://www.mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/brochures/#hwt to learn more, and  read about the five new stops added this year.

International Bazaar

Located on the south side of Judson Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets

The International Bazaar features entertainment, food, crafts and wares from around the world. The free entertainment stage, sponsored by Summit Brewing Co., features live performances throughout the fair. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/international-bazaar/ for more information, and for a listing of entertainment at the International Bazaar Stage, visit mnstatefair.org/location/international-bazaar-stage/.

Minnesota State Fair Art & Sculpture Guide

A wide variety of art can be found throughout the fairgrounds. Find details on tree sculptures, art attractions and other sculptures and artwork at mnstatefair.org/art-and-garden/.

Minnesota Corn Fairstalk

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council partnered with the Minnesota State Fair to bring the Fairstalk to the North End in 2019. Known together as Minnesota Corn, the farmer-led organizations invest in research to improve water quality and soil health, as well as developing new uses for our state’s corn crop. The goal with each investment is to help Minnesota’s growers become the most environmentally responsible and sustainable corn farmers in the nation. Both organizations serve to raise awareness of this mission and the importance of corn farming in Minnesota, and are proud to partner with the Minnesota State Fair in developing the North End and the Minnesota Corn Fairstalk as part of this effort.

Minnesota State Fair Gardens

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds are home to spectacular gardens and green spaces. Visit mnstatefair.org/art-and-garden/ to learn more about the plants and features in each garden.

Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center

Located at West End Market, east side

The History & Heritage Center, a centerpiece of West End Market, opened in 2014 and showcases the State Fair’s rich history. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/history-and-heritage-center/ and mnstatefair.org/general-info/history-historic-buildings-landmarks/ for more information.

Minnesota Newspaper Museum

Located on the east side of Cosgrove Street, on the street level of the 4-H Building, outside

Letterpress printing is experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity. See it in its original form as the sights and sounds of an old-time newspaper office come alive in this living-history exhibit operated by the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation. mnstatefair.org/location/minnesota-newspaper-museum/

Minnesota Wine Country

Located on the west side of Underwood Street between Judson and Carnes avenues

Explore Minnesota’s growing wine country featuring award-winning wines from the state’s thriving vineyards and wineries. Renowned local winemakers and sommeliers give presentations and tastings featuring the best in Minnesota wine; how to pair wine with State Fair foods, chocolates, herbs and other locally made foods; and how to explore Minnesota’s thriving wine scene beyond the fairgrounds. mnstatefair.org/location/minnesota-wine-country/

Old Iron Show

Located on Lee Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets

The Old Iron Show is reminiscent of the former Machinery Hill. Rare, valuable and fully operational antique farm equipment is displayed and demonstrated. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/old-iron-show/ for hours and information, as well as https://www.mnstatefair.org/location/old-iron-show/to learn more about what will be on display for this special anniversary year.

Pet Pavilions and Outdoor Demonstration Area

Located on the west side of Underwood Street, north of Murphy Avenue

The Pet Pavilions feature Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association exhibits and demonstrations, and other pet-oriented commercial exhibits and concessions. Pet spay and neutering surgeries are presented in the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Pet Surgery Suite daily. A variety of agility demonstrations are presented at the Outdoor Demonstration Area. Visit mnstatefair.org/location/pet-pavilions/ for a schedule.

Ramberg Center

Sponsored by Cal Spas
Located on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson avenues

Ramberg Center is home of Blue Ribbon BINGO, which returns after a successful debut in 2022. https://www.msffoundation.org/blue-ribbon-bingo/

Shopping

Visitors to the Minnesota State Fair will find an abundance of shopping, specialty merchants and unique artisans. From goods, gadgets and gear to crafts, collectibles and confections, hundreds of vendors offer a diverse array of merchandise. For an overview of the shopping destinations and a list of vendors and merchandise, visit mnstatefair.org/general-info/shopping-destinations/.

The Veranda

Located in the Grandstand, upper level

Honoring the architecture, heritage and character of the historic Grandstand, the Veranda is a shop-eat-sip destination on the west side of the Grandstand’s upper level merchandise and shopping area. Guests can shop at vendors showcasing vintage, trendy, upcycled, handmade and made-in-Minnesota goods. The Veranda’s balcony provides iconic State Fair views overlooking Mighty Midway, West End Market and more fairgrounds sites.

West End Market

Located at the west end of the fairgrounds north of West Dan Patch Avenue

West End Market debuted in 2014 with State Fair sights, sounds, tastes and experiences, featuring the History & Heritage Center; the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater with entertainment all 12 days of the fair; dozens of artisans, craftspeople and specialty merchants; and many food and beverage options. mnstatefair.org/location/west-end-market/

Sponsors

AARP
Selfie Spots Sponsor
Selfie Spots Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the East side of Cooper St., outside the J.V. Bailey House

Allina Health | Aetna
Cosgrove Stage Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 28-31, located on the east side of Cosgrove Street next to the Cosgrove Stage

August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell’s Stage Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located south of the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
Day Sponsor – Wednesday, Aug. 30
Exhibiting Aug. 30, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Bremer Bank
Agriculture Horticulture Building Sponsor and FFA Awards Ceremony Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the north side of Judson Avenue, south of the Agriculture Horticulture Building

Cal Spas
Ramberg Center Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located south of Ramberg Center at Underwood Street and Judson Avenue

Can Do Canines
Day Sponsor – Wednesday, Aug. 30
Exhibiting Aug. 30, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Cargill
Little Farm Hands Tractor Shed Sponsor
Located at the Little Farm Hands Tractor Shed

Cub
Little Farm Hands Grocery Store Sponsor
Located at the Little Farm Hands Grocery Store

DISH
The DIRT Demonstration Stage Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24 -Sept. 4, located northeast side of Agriculture Horticulture Building

DragNFly Wireless
Wi-Fi Hotspot Sponsor
Located at the west Grandstand Plaza

Good Health Sauna
The North Woods Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the northeast corner of Randall Avenue and Cooper Street, south of The North Woods

Green Mill Restaurant
Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the east side of Cooper Street at Baldwin Park, west of the Family Fair Stage

Human Touch
Deals, Drawings & Giveaway Guide Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Cooper Street

Humana
Information Booths Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the west side of Underwood Street across from the Agriculture Horticulture Building

Kemps
Kemps Little Farm Hands and Little Farm Hands Dairy Barn Sponsor
Exhibiting Sept. 1-2, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Kwik Trip
Kidway Sponsor
Located in Kidway, between Wright and Dan Patch avenues and Underwood and Cooper streets

LeafFilter
Home Improvement Building Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the west side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues

Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Leinie Lodge Bandshell Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the east side of Cooper Street, south of the Leinie Lodge Bandshell

Mall of America
Day Sponsor – Thursday, Aug. 24
Exhibiting Aug. 24, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Mattress Firm
New Foods Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the corner of Randall Avenue & Underwood Street

Mazda
Nightly Fireworks Spectacular Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located at the west Grandstand Plaza

Metro-wide 911 Centers
Day Sponsor – Tuesday, Aug. 29
Exhibiting Aug. 29, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Minnesota Alliance With Youth
Day Sponsor – Wednesday, Aug. 30
Exhibiting Aug. 30, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Minnesota Corn
Little Farm Hands Grain Bin Sponsor
Located at the Little Farm Hands Grain Bin

Minnesota Lottery
Blue Ribbon Bargain Book Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the northwest corner of Judson Avenue and Nelson Street

Minnesota Rusco
Online Gate Admission Ticket Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4. Located in the Grandstand, lower level, east side

Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line
Day Sponsor – Senior Day, Monday, Aug. 28 
Exhibiting Aug. 28. Located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Northstar Bus Lines
Day Sponsor – Tuesday, Aug. 29
Exhibiting Aug. 29, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Paddle North
Dairy Building Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located in the southwest corner of the Dairy Building

PaintCare
Day Sponsor – Friday, Aug. 25
Exhibiting Aug. 25, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

People for PSEO
Day Sponsor – Wednesday, Aug. 30
Exhibiting Aug. 30, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Save the Boundary Waters
Day Sponsor – Wednesday, Aug. 30
Exhibiting Aug. 30, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

ShiftMed
Day Sponsor – Tuesday, Aug. 29
Exhibiting Aug. 29, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Sleep Number
Grandstand Exhibit Building & Concert Series Sponsor & VIP Nights
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located in the Grandstand, lower level, southeast corner

Star Tribune
Minnesota State Fair Maps Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers and Nelson streets

Summit Brewing Co.
International Bazaar Stage Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, Located inside the International Bazaar at the Summit on-a-Stick booth

Sun Country Airlines
SkyGlider Sponsor
Exhibiting Sept. 1, located on Dan Patch Avenue, south of the SkyGlider entrance

T-Mobile
Christensen Farms Stage Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept.4, located on the corner of Judson Avenue & Clough Street, east of the Coliseum

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Day Sponsor – Tuesday, Aug. 29
Exhibiting Aug. 29, located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Treasure Island Resort & Casino
The Garden & Garden Stage Sponsor & Clear Cups Sponsor
Located in The Garden on the southeast corner of Dan Patch Avenue & Underwood Street

UnitedHealthcare
Trolley Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 28-31, located on Dan Patch Avenue between Cosgrove & Cooper streets

United Rentals
VIP Tent Sponsor
Located in Heffron Park

Xcel Energy
Eco Experience Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, located at Eco Experience on the corner of Randall Avenue & Cosgrove Street

Xfinity
FAN Central Sponsor
Exhibiting Aug. 24-Sept. 4, Located on Underwood Street, just east of FAN Central

Touring Promotional Exhibits

(Dates and locations are subject to change.)

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Aug. 24-Sept. 4, Located east of Agriculture Horticulture Building

American Welding Society
Aug. 24-27, Located on the corner of Wright Avenue  & Cooper Street

CONCACAF
Sept. 2-4, Located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Underwood Street

Go RVing
Sept. 1-4, Located on Wright Avenue between Underwood & Cooper streets

Heineken 0.0
Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-3, Located on West Dan Patch Avenue in West End Plaza

Revol Greens
Aug. 29-31, Located on the corner of Wright Avenue & Cooper Street

US Navy
Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Located on Underwood Street north of Murphy Avenue

Verizon
Aug. 24-27, Located on Wright Avenue between Underwood & Cooper Street


History

Minnesota State Agricultural Society History Overview

mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/history/

2023 Anniversaries

mnstatefair.org/general-info/history-anniversaries/

Fairchild and Fairborne Mascots

In 1966, Fairchild the gopher became the official mascot of the State Fair and was joined by his nephew, Fairborne, in 1983. Fairchild got his name, a play on the institution’s title, after a statewide naming contest. It’s also a tribute to Henry S. Fairchild, the man who first suggested the Ramsey County Poor Farm become the permanent site of the State Fair, which became reality in 1885.

Historical Timeline

mnstatefair.org/general-info/history-timeline/

Historic Buildings & Landmarks

mnstatefair.org/general-info/history-historic-buildings-landmarks/

Historical photos

mnstatefair.org/general-info/history-historical-photo-gallery/

State Fair Digital Archives

With a long history connecting thousands of families and organizations in Minnesota and surrounding states, the State Fair has retained documents and images that span generations. Fair guests are invited to search for their family’s name in the State Fair Archives, where annual reports and competition results dating back to the 1880s are searchable and downloadable. The archives are accessible at: mnstatefair.org/general-info/history-overview/


Trivia

For all things trivia, visit mnstatefair.org/get-involved/media/trivia/.


Corporate Profile

Corporate information

Minnesota State Fair Foundation

Offices located year-round at the J.V. Bailey House. The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and supports State Fair educational programs. To learn more about the Foundation, its impact and how to contribute, visit msffoundation.org.  To see the various projects and programs they have supported visit https://www.msffoundation.org/about-us/what-weve-funded/. For interviews and information about the Foundation, please contact 651-288-4327 or info@msffoundation.org.

Recycling & Composting information

The Minnesota State Fair has been recycling on a major scale since the mid-1980s. Currently, the fair recycles aluminum, paper, glass, metal, vehicle and appliance batteries, automotive oil, tires, grease, manure, construction materials, wood waste, food waste, waste water, cardboard, concrete, oil filters, plastic bottles, electronics, toner cartridges and more.

Fair Recycling Facts:

  • 70 tons of food waste were collected during the 2022 fair and recycled.
  • More than 800 bottle-recycling receptacles will be placed around the fairgrounds this year.
  • 30 tons of glass, plastic and aluminum were collected and recycled during the 2022 fair.
  • More than 3,400 tons of manure from cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits and other livestock is cleaned of trash and non-natural materials each year, then hauled to Hastings, Minn., where it is composted, mixed with dirt and used as fertilizer on more than 1,000 acres of farm field.