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Aug. 27 – Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020

213 Days 1 Hours 40 Mins

New Attraction: Eco Experience - New Highlights

Eco Experience - New Highlights

At this award-winning exhibit, an array of new highlights features the latest in: easy, everyday reduce-reuse-recycle how-tos; healthy cooking tips to reduce food waste; innovations in green technology; and other topics on environmentally focused living.


Here’s a sampling of the questions you’ll find answers to at this year’s Eco Experience (all free with fair admission):

  • An 18,000-pound block of ice in the center of the Eco Experience exhibit will melt away during the fair, raising awareness of how climate change is shortening Minnesota’s lake ice season and the implications for our economy and ecology. Sign up to be a citizen volunteer and help collect lake ice data.
  • See a battery-powered lawn mower, snow blower and other equipment on display in the “Green Garage.”
  • Interest in local foods has focused on vegetables, milk, meats and more. One food group that is found at most every meal and could make the biggest impact on our landscape is grains. Learn about the quality, flavor and nutrition of locally grown artisan grains, and the environmental benefits provided by regenerative, artisan grain production. Local chefs and foodmakers offer tips on how artisan grains can elevate your cooking.
  • See a community solar garden array, a Nissan Leaf battery storage demonstration and more in the “Let’s Cool It! Connect to the Sun” exhibit.
  • Learn easy ways to combine walking, biking and riding public transit to improve access to jobs, contribute to healthier lifestyles, reduce personal and household transportation costs, and increase transportation choice.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Specific activity times may vary. Check daily schedules in August for more information. Free with fair admission.


Located in the Progress Center, on the north side of Randall Avenue at Cosgrove Street

Eco Experience is a partnership of the State Fair, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state. It is the largest environmental education event of its kind in the country.