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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2024

132 Days 1 Hours 33 Mins

New Attractions for 2023

Sweet & Selfie Experience

Embark on a journey through a fantastical world, where larger-than-life sweets create Instagram-worthy moments and intriguing displays elevate your candy knowledge. Strike a pose by whimsical giant donuts, cookies, a Jelly Belly mosaic and a candy mountain, immersing yourself in the ultimate sugar-filled adventure. A fun, fanciful experience for all ages!

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Sensory-Friendly Morning at Mighty Midway & Kidway

For fair guests who would like to experience the fun of rides & games at Mighty Midway & Kidway with reduced light brightness and sound volume, on Monday, Aug. 28, at Kidway from 9 to 11 a.m. and at Mighty Midway from 10 a.m. to noon, lights, sounds and non-safety-related announcements will be minimized.

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Can Can Wonderland Mini Golf On-A-Stick

No ifs, ands or putts, this mini golf adventure is the place to par-tee! Can Can Wonderland brings you a clever nine-hole course made up entirely of famous State Fair landmarks – the Space Tower, Haunted House, DNR Park, Giant Slide and Ferris wheel, plus there’s a Hole-stein, fun fair food structures and more!

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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! Musicians, dancers and local artists, as well as organizations and community leaders, will be featured throughout the day.

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Universally Designed Changing Restroom with Hoist by Momentum Refresh

Momentum Refresh is the nation’s first fully accessible, universally designed, mobile restroom equipped with a full-size adjustable changing table, a ceiling hoist (sling not provided) and other amenities.

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50th Annual Amateur Talent Contest

More than 17,000 singers, dancers, jugglers, acrobats, instrumentalists and others have auditioned over the past five decades for this popular showcase of Minnesota’s most talented. Catch this year’s semifinals Aug. 24-Sept. 2 at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell and the finals Sept. 3 at the Grandstand – a free event!

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Naturalization Ceremonies & Oaths of Allegiance

In the spirit of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, more than 50 citizenship candidates from more than a dozen countries will take the Oath of Allegiance – the final step in the naturalization process – and officially become citizens of the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota will lead these special naturalization ceremonies at the State Fair. 

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Future Projections’ Canopy/Calliope

The sounds of an olde-tyme calliope bounce to carnival rhythms while showers of fish, flowers and fantastical creatures light up the ground below and the leafy canopy above. This new imaginative and immersive public art installation is presented by Future Projections.

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Oink Booth – A New Look

The iconic Oink Booth has a new look, thanks to our partners at Minnesota Pork! 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. Oink Booth favorites – including the famous pig ear headbands, the sow and piglets exhibit and the ever-popular largest boar – will continue to be a part of the exhibit. Find the Oink Booth in a new location in the Robert A. Christensen Pavilion.

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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!”

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Two New Kidway Rides

Coming this year to Kidway – Beach Shack and Pump & Jump – two fun-filled rides just for little fair fans!

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Gate 9 on Como Avenue – Redeveloped

Fair guests who enter the Great Minnesota Get-Together on the south side will experience a new welcoming Gate 9 area – wider, more accessible entrance and exit gates; expanded bike lot; added sidewalks; spacious wheelchair, scooter and stroller rental area; iconic OnlyInMN photo op; and benches and art sculptures.

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New Competition Themes

While competitions have been a part of the State Fair since the beginning, each year new themes capture the creativity, humor and talent of Minnesotans in a variety of categories from quilts on-a-stick and decorated cakes to flower shows and landscape design.

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New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions

This year, we’re introducing even more opportunities for FFA youth and livestock exhibitors. Don’t miss competitions featuring ag mechanics, vegetables, potatoes, poultry, rabbits and sheep.

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History Walking Tour: 5 New Stops

The History Walking Tour, a two-mile, 12-stop self-guided exploration of some of the State Fair’s most historically significant spots, introduces five new additions to the tour: Bandshell, Farm Boys’ Camp, Fairborne, Judging Arena (Compeer), and the Parade.

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Little Farm Hands Celebrates 20 Years

Little fair fans become farmhands and experience the agricultural process through activities especially for ages 3-10. The journey starts with putting on an apron to fire up the imagination and ends with using “earnings” from working on the farm to purchase an item at the grocery store.

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Mighty Midway & Kidway Fun Card

New this year! When you purchase Mighty Midway & Kidway ride & game tickets, they’ll be loaded onto a Fun Card rather than given as paper tickets. Every time you ride a ride or play a game, you’ll scan your card and the appropriate number of tickets will be deducted from the card. If you’d like to add tickets to the card, stop by a ticket booth or self-serve kiosk at Mighty Midway or Kidway.

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Fair Food News

New food booth construction, a returning vendor and more fun fair food news!

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PaintCare Promotional Exhibit

From buying and storing paint to using it efficiently, giving away unused paint and recycling the rest, PaintCare showcases need-to-know info. Stop by to play a fun game, meet costumed characters and more!

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Sponsors for a Day: Mall of America (Aug. 24), Now Hiring (Aug. 29) and Nonprofit Showcase (Aug. 30)

Make your way to the corner of Wright Avenue and Underwood Street for activities and information presented by companies and organizations with local connections.

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Sponsors for a Day: Mall of America (Aug. 24), Now Hiring (Aug. 29) and Nonprofit Showcase (Aug. 30) details page

In the Community – 12 New Vendors

Our state is home to amazing nonprofits and educational organizations. Stop by these booths – and dozens more at the fair – to learn more about their work.

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Unique Gifts & Specialty Items – 10 New Vendors

Discover an amazing array of unique, hard-to-find gifts – for family, friends (and even yourself!) – at these new vendors, plus hundreds more throughout the fairgrounds.

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Threads & Accessories – 6 New Vendors

This is your chance to get an up-close, in-person look at apparel and accessories to outfit anyone of any age with any fashion style – the choices are limitless at the fair!

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Foodie Fun – 7 New Vendors

Fair and food go hand in hand, and these new vendors will help you take your at-home foodie game to the next level. They join hundreds of other can’t-miss shops to visit as you explore the fairgrounds.

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Handcrafted Home & Garden Décor – 5 New Vendors

The Minnesota State Fair offers a shopping experience like no other! These vendors join nearly 900 merchants at the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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Sporting Goods & Pet Products – 2 New Vendors

These new vendors, plus dozens and dozens of others at the fair, will get you ready for maximum fun whatever the adventure!

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Home Solutions – 4 New Vendors

Whether you’re a DIYer or looking to hire experts, the State Fair is the ultimate home shopping network of vendors. Welcome to this year’s new additions to the home improvement mix!

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