Today at the fair would have been Friends of the Fair Day! On this day, we celebrate the Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, the fairgrounds and educational programs for generations to come. You can be a part of that mission by becoming an official Friend of the Fair! In a year without a fair and without 95% of our revenue, your membership helps support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation in enriching the unforgettable memories and traditions that are made here at the Minnesota State Fair. Learn more about how to become a Friend of the Fair.
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is also bringing the fair to you through a 12-day online silent auction, presented by By The Yard, now through Sept. 7. The auction features fun State Fair items and experiences you can’t get anywhere else and supports the Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve State Fair programs, buildings and the fairgrounds. Check out the auction items, and place your bids now.
Lucas Riley was surprised with a bench from her husband through the Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s recognition bench program.
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation provides donors with a way to commemorate a special person, treasured occasion, or their overwhelming love of the State Fair by placing personalized bricks, benches and tables on the fairgrounds. Donors have added more than 1,000 benches to the fairgrounds, improving seating options and providing special memories for many fair guests each year.
You can add your story to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds by ordering a brick, bench or table.
Making its State Fair debut on this day in 2019, The Sioux Chef® Presents Indigenous Food Lab at Dan Patch Park brought to center stage incredible culinary demonstrations by Indigenous chefs dedicated to the (r)evolution and revitalization of Native American cuisine. Fair fans were treated to delectable samples of specially prepared food, performances by traditional drummers and singers, and conversations with special guests. This daylong exploration of Indigenous culinary traditions was led by Chef Sean Sherman, co-author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, winner of the prestigious James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook in 2018.
The University of Minnesota Marching Band performs in the State Fair Parade the second Sunday of the fair annually. We appreciate the energy they bring to the route and can’t wait to see them in 2021. Ski-U-Mah!
Check out this highlight reel!
The University of Minnesota’s Driven to Discover is a research facility on the fairgrounds featuring collaboration between researchers and thousands of fair guests. Guests can participate as part of a research study and meet with researchers and learn about their work. Stop by next year and be part of important studies!
Check out this overview video about the unique exhibit.
A virtual Celebration of Culture and Community 2020, presented by OMG Media Solutions, continues tonight. Highlighting past performers from the fair and local nonprofit organizations, this is your opportunity to catch some amazing performances. Catch a performance by Tank and the Bangas tonight at 6 p.m. when it premieres.
Head on over to omgdigitalmediasolutions.com/ccc2020/ to watch the performance and learn about the artists and the nonprofits being spotlighted.
Head on over to our Instagram and follow along for 12 Days of Giveaways! This is your chance to win some excellent State Fair swag. Our username is mnstatefair – we’ll see you there. Today’s entries begin at 10 a.m. Good luck!
In 1949, the government granted monies to build a new Hippodrome (Warner Coliseum) after it was unfit for reconversion when turned into a World War II airplane propeller plant. That was the last year of government appropriations and the Minnesota State Fair has not received state funding since. In 2002, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation was founded to help fund Agricultural Education, Arts and Culture, Education, Fairgrounds Environment, and History and Heritage. Since 2006, the Foundation offices have been housed in the J.V. Bailey House – first built in 1911 for use as the Officers’ Quarters, then a full-time residence for the greenhouse superintendent from 1916-2004.
Learn more about the Foundation.
J.V. Bailey House – photo circa 1911
Minnesota State Fair Foundation-funded project – CHS Miracle of Birth Center – photo circa 2015
Minnesota State Fair Foundation-funded project – Cambria Kitchen in the Creative Activities building – photo circa 2018
Minnesota State Fair Foundation-funded project – History and Heritage Center – photo circa 2018
Each day, we want to see your favorite photos from past Minnesota State Fairs so let’s take a trip down memory lane together! There will be a different theme daily, and we hope you’ll share your photos with us. Feel free to send them to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s theme: Your favorite State Fair exhibit! From Creative Activities to Craft Brewers to Driven to Discover, there’s so much to see, learn and experience (much of it for free!) at the fair.
Test your State Fair knowledge! Each day we will post a trivia question along with the answer.
Today’s question is: How many LED lights make up the Grandstand marquee?
Answer: 5,500 individual lights
The Minnesota State Fair showcases our state’s best in areas from agriculture to history, and entertainment to education. For 165 years, the Minnesota State Fair has always been a place where traditions are made and stories are shared. Check out our History Page for photos, facts and more!
Looking for some fun at-home activities to do with the young and young at heart? Head to our At-Home Fair Fun page to find interactive State Fair activities, from Kemps Little Farm Hands trivia, EquiMania!TM challenges, Moo Booth quizzes, coloring pages and Math On-A-Stick games. Plus, fair fans of all ages can also enjoy cooking demonstrations, videos that highlight agriculture and much more!
Become an official 2021 Friend of the Fair! In a year without a fair and without 95% of our revenue, your membership helps support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation in enriching the unforgettable memories and traditions that are made here at the Minnesota State Fair. Learn more about how to become a Friend of the Fair.
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation is also bringing the fair to you through a 12-day online auction, presented by By The Yard, now through Sept. 7. The auction features fun State Fair items and experiences you can’t get anywhere else and supports the Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve State Fair programs, buildings and the fairgrounds. Check out the auction items, and place your bids now.
Missing your annual Minnesota State Fair shopping trip this year? We’ve got you covered with the first-ever State Fair Online Marketplace. This searchable hub has more than 270 of your favorite State Fair vendors and exhibitors. Search by vendor name, shopping area, product categories or other keywords and click through to their website to finish the order process. Many businesses are offering State Fair deals and special merchandise. It’s available now through Dec. 31, 2020. Happy shopping!
Even though we can’t be together this year, you can still get your 2020 Minnesota State Fair merchandise. There are buttons, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, drinkware, face coverings and much more! The best part? A portion of sales benefits the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Get your State Fair swag now!
We want to see how you’re celebrating the Minnesota State Fair from home this year. Send us your most creative State Fair at-home photos and videos to email@example.com. Brownie points (or should we say, cookie points) for creativity!
Sip, sip, hooray! This summer you can find some of your favorite State Fair specialty brews and beverages at Twin Cities taprooms. Usually only found during the 12 days of the fair, fair fans will be able to get their fix of State Fair sips. Check out which beers and ciders are available and where you can get them.
You can celebrate what would have been the Great Minnesota Get-Together on your next Zoom call with fair-themed backgrounds. Head to our Facebook or Twitter to download the backgrounds and start Zooming in State Fair style!