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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019

New Attraction: North End

North End

Venture to the North End to experience the fairgrounds’ newest destination neighborhood. This year’s additions to the North End include: the North End Event Center, featuring ANGRY BIRDS UNIVERSE: THE EXHIBITION; Minnesota Corn Fairstalk; photo stops created by Minnesota artist Adam Turman; Minnesota-based specialty merchants; and more!

Details

The expanded redevelopment of the North End features these newly added attractions:

  • The North End Event Center
    • The area’s stunning brand-new centerpiece houses a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art exhibit hall that will be the fair-time home to annually changing museum-quality exhibits that fair guests can enjoy free with fair admission. The inaugural exhibit is ANGRY BIRDS UNIVERSE. During non-fair time, the event center is available to rent for special events. Construction cost for the North End Event Center was $16 million.
  • Minnesota Corn Fairstalk
    • This 24-foot-tall art installation celebrates Minnesota agriculture.
  • Minnesota Marquees
    • Three shade structures on the plaza feature exhibit panels showcasing iconic, innovative and influential people, inventions and events from our state’s history.
  • Pose for photos next to 6-foot-tall figures created by prominent Minnesota artist Adam Turman
    • Featuring State Fair mascot Fairchild; Paul Bunyan; Babe the Blue Ox; and Hotdish Girl, made famous in Turman’s artwork.
  • Minnesota-based specialty merchants make their State Fair debut at the North End
    • Brim featuring the Grilled Sota Sandwich, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, GoodThings, Handsome Cycles, Homespun Gifts & Décor, Minnesota Distillers Guild, and Summer Lakes Beverage.
  • The North End neighborhood
    • Also making their home at the North End are several rotating touring promotional exhibits; Arts A’Fair pop-up performances; activities for Governor’s Fire Prevention Day (Aug. 23) and Minnesota State Patrol Day (Aug. 26); Pet Pavilions and Outdoor Demonstration Area; The Hangar food and beverage establishment; guest services such as wheelchair and electric scooter rental, an information booth, State FairWear Gift Shop, Minnesota State Fair Foundation booth, the North End gate, and drop-off/pick-up locations for app-based ride services and Metro Mobility.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (some vendors and attractions are open earlier or later)

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Directions

Located north of Murphy Avenue at the north end of the fairgrounds