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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019

New Attraction: Agriculture Horticulture Building - New Features

Agriculture Horticulture Building - New Features

One of the most iconic buildings at the State Fairgrounds is home to a variety of new competitions, demonstrations and displays – from flowers and food to craft beer and ag education.

Details

Here’s a sampling of what’s new this fair in the building we affectionately call Ag-Hort:

  • Brewing demonstrations
    • Highlighting the different ingredients and the subtle yet significant keys to brewing a variety of beers, these programs are presented daily at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild “Brewed in Minnesota” exhibit.
  • “Floralpalooza” in the Rotunda
    • This year's floral extravaganza features large-scale handcrafted and personalized designs created by local florists to celebrate the lives of iconic “Minnesota Grown” hometown legends such as Judy Garland, Charles Schulz, Prince and others.
  • New presentations at The DIRT
    • This demonstration stage features eight presentations daily. Among the intriguing new topics to be presented by experts this year are Tasty Tomatoes Growing the Rainbow; Grow Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms in Your Home and Garden; How to Grow Your Hobby Into a Small Business; Retain Soil Moisture & Conserve Water Using Soil Polymers; Making Room for Monarchs; Edibles and Decoratives from the Woods or Backyard; Urban Insects We Like; Build a Spring Greenhouse for Less Than $100 and Heat It With Your Straw Bale Garden, and more.
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show
    • The blooms are always beautiful in the flower competitions held throughout the fair, and this year “Minnesota Explores the Arts” is the theme of the Minnesota State Fair Flower Show for amateur floral arrangers (Aug. 26-27). Competitors choose which category to enter depending on their design – “Art-A-Whirl” is for wreaths; “Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky” incorporates a water element; “Jackson Pollock” entries emphasize colors; and “Dancers by Degas” arrangements imply motion – just a few of the dozens of artful categories.
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)
    • CFANS celebrates 150 years of providing food and agriculture education at the University of Minnesota. Learn about turf research that will help you save water and increase pollinators; how new crops such as Kernza®, now used in beer and bread, impact clean water and commercial chemical use; ask questions of a master gardener; and explore pop-up learning stations on entomology, food science and nutrition, and more.
  • Common Table - Minnesota Eats
    • This exhibit inspires Minnesotans to get connected to the food we eat through a variety of displays and presentations. Spotlights this year feature partners who are changing the way we grow, buy and eat food. Topics include farming with fish; solar sites for bees, berries and beer; lazy, feel-good recipes; creative food innovations in the Rondo community; insect predator, prey and pollinators; straw bale gardening; pheasant-friendly solar farms; and more.

Ag-Hort is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (8 p.m. Labor Day). Specific activity times may vary. Check daily schedules in August for more information. Free with fair admission. The Agriculture Horticulture Building is sponsored by Bremer Bank.

Directions

Located north of Judson Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets