Today would have been Read & Ride Day at the fair! This day celebrates Minnesota’s public libraries and readers of all ages. Public library cardholders receive an admission discount at the gate, and there’s plenty of interactive activities and entertainment at Dan Patch Park throughout the day.
Since we can’t celebrate together, Twin Cities authors and illustrators David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka animatedly talk about their new children’s book!
Results are now live for the cookie decorating virtual showcase! Over the past few weeks, we asked you to submit entries with the theme “Favorite Fair Activity.”
First-place winner (chosen by State Fair staff) is Kristi K. of Saint Paul, Minn. Congrats, Kristi!
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!
Each year in the Creative Activities Building, we release six recipes from last year’s blue-ribbon winners as part of our Recipe Card Roundup. You can stop by every other day for new recipe cards – it’s a great collector’s item!
This year, we went back into the archives to share six new recipes with you from 1900-1950. Check them out, along with other blue-ribbon winning recipes and tips!
It’s hard to believe, but visitors used to park all over the fairgrounds. Can you imagine trying to park on the lawn of the DNR or Agriculture Horticulture buildings? With attendance increasing through the years, parking on the streets was reduced through the years, the last being 1991. But did you know that Park & Ride started in 1975? It began with just one parking lot. In 2019, there were 33 lots.
Photo circa 1937
Photos circa 1948
Photo circa 1957
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 Grandstand photos!
Test your State Fair knowledge! Each day we will post a trivia question along with the answer.
Today’s question is: How many ears of corn does the Corn Roast booth go through each day?
Answer: 25,000 ears of corn
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!