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Message from Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer (April 3, 1 p.m.): Planning and preparations continue for the 2020 Minnesota State Fair. Production of an event the size and scope of the State Fair requires the year-round efforts of our hard-working team, and those efforts must continue if we are to present the type of event that Minnesotans expect and deserve. We’re carefully following the directives of state and national health agencies, and we’re in close touch with our fair industry colleagues throughout North America including vendors, entertainers, competitive exhibitors and support services. Despite the uncertainties of the day, we remain hopeful that we can all celebrate the end of summer in our usual Great Minnesota Get-Together style. As we plan for the end of August, rest assured that the State Fair will always do what’s right for Minnesota, our nation and our world.

Timeline of Updates

April 3, 5 p.m.: For the time being, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and is accessible from Gate 5 at Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway. All other gates are closed. For the safety of walkers and bikers, if you are driving to the fairgrounds, we ask that you park upon entering and do not drive around the grounds. Please comply with posted parking and traffic signs, including speed limits.

We also ask that your inner “Minnesota Nice” guides you as you use the fairgrounds to walk or bike.

  • Our staff takes extra care to make sure our historic grounds remain beautiful, so please help us keep the fairgrounds in tip-top shape by cleaning up after yourself and your pet.
  • Speaking of Fido, all dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Most importantly, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC, please maintain a respectful distance of 6 feet or more from others, and do not gather in groups.

Things to note:

  • The fairgrounds are open to walkers and bikers between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.
  • None of the buildings are open to the public, with the exception of the restroom just south of Gate 5 at the Admin Too building.
  • Pedestrians and bikers have the right of way. Again, please do not drive around the fairgrounds; park as soon as possible upon entering the grounds.

Thank you for respecting other walkers and bikers, the fairgrounds and its buildings and property. If you have questions or comments, please email

March 26, 12:30 p.m.: As of Friday, March 27 at 11 p.m., the Minnesota State Fairgrounds are closed to public vehicle traffic until Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m.

March 18, 2 p.m.: While things are quiet here on the fairgrounds, and you may not hear from us for a bit, please know that our team is working hard preparing to welcome you to one of our state’s most treasured traditions – the Minnesota State Fair. Hang in there, Minnesota.

March 16, 4:45 p.m.: Based on recent CDC guidelines, all events taking place on the fairgrounds for the next eight weeks, through May 10, have been canceled. Gate 5 (Snelling Ave.), Gate 7 (Como Ave./Underwood St.), Gate 14 (Como Ave./Canfield St.) and Gate 15 (West Dan Patch) will be open to the public 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for through traffic. Learn more about non-fair events.

March 16, 1:30 p.m.: Until further notice, access to State Fair buildings will be limited to staff only. We are available via phone or email. Please use the direct contact information for the department or staff you are trying to reach. Or, use our general phone number or email address: 651-288-4400 or