The Minnesota State Fair may be canceled, but the Department of Natural Resources is helping to fill the void by highlighting ways you can connect with Minnesota’s great outdoors.
Minnesota offers some of the best outdoor recreational opportunities anywhere: hunting, fishing, camping, wildlife watching, biking, canoeing, camping, foraging…the list goes on and on! You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the Great Minnesota Outdoor Adventure.
Next year, we’ll get to visit the DNR Building and Fish Pond in person, but for now, see the many things they’re doing to celebrate the At-Home Edition.
Today would have been Military Appreciation Day at the fair. These throwback photos are from last year’s fairgrounds flyover.
The flyover was courtesy of the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing.
Photo credit: Minnesota National Guard
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 the 1940s, many exhibits focused on the war effort. An Army encampment on Machinery Hill, Navy recruitment program, Women’s Army Corps and the Minnesota Nurses Association exhibit are just several of the things you would have seen at the State Fair.
Photo circa 1942
Photo circa 1943
Photo circa 1944
There’s so much more to the business of agriculture than meets the eye. There’s marketing, education, finance, science, IT and more. The world’s population is growing and we all need to eat! This industry is more important than ever. The fair features many places to visit and learn about agriculture: Little Farm Hands, the livestock complex, the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, the Moo Booth and more. Check back next year to view our daily schedules and ALL of the ag-related activities on the fairgrounds.
Resources on careers in agriculture:
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 email@example.com.
Today’s theme: Your favorite State Fair selfie! Let’s see ‘em!
Test your State Fair knowledge! Each day we will post a trivia question along with the answer.
Today’s question is: Who broke the all-time record for the most tickets sold to a single Grandstand show?
Answer: In 2000, Christina Aguilera sold 22,117 tickets. This was prior to the 2002 Grandstand renovation project that added new stairways, elevators, restrooms and seats, and removed the bleacher structures. As a result, the Grandstand seating area was reconfigured to what it is today.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!