Attractions

Conveniently located in Ramsey County, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Roseville is a dynamic city with many attractions for your entertainment and enjoyment!

Mill City Museum

704 South Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 341-7555

Built into the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.

Gibbs Museum

2097 W. Larpenteur Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55113
(651) 646-8629

The story of the Gibbs Museum begins in 1833 near Batavia, New York. Jane DeBow was taken by a missionary family traveling west to work among the Dakota around Fort Snelling. Jane grew up in Minnesota and became familiar with the Dakota culture.

Later, in Illinois, Jane met and married Heman Gibbs. In 1849, the year Minnesota became a territory, the newlyweds came up the Mississippi River and bought 160 acres, the land on which the Gibbs farm house still stands.

Minnesota Children's Museum

10 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 225-6000

Minnesota Children's Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit community education institution committed to sparking children's learning through play. Grownups and children from infants to 10 years find a “smart play” environment that challenges children in a fun way and helps them achieve important learning milestones. Families learn and play together while they enjoy creative, interactive exhibits and programs.

Minnesota Sea Life

Mall of America
120 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-0202

The All-New Aquarium features new displays, hands-on activities for kids, and over 10,000 sea creatures!
THANKSGIVING HOURS Thursday, November 28th: open 10:00am - 3:00pm

Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-9200

Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world . Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems. Learn more about the Minnesota Zoo—our mission, leadership, and history.

Nickelodeon Universe

5000 Center Court
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-8800

Whether you are planning for business or pleasure, education or entertainment, Nickelodeon Universe® offers everything you need to make your event one to remember!

Science Museum of Minnesota/Imax-Omni Theater and 3D Cinema

120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-9444

The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.

The Raptor Center

University of Minnesota
Gabbert Raptor Building
1920 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-4745

Ensuring the health of raptors and the world we share through teaching, research and service.

Festivals and Fairs

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

176 Cesar Chavez St., Saint Paul, MN

Hosted by the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation; the annual District del Sol Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, held the first Saturday in May, celebrates the Mexican heritage of the Distric del Sol (or West Side) of Saint Paul. The SPHHF's mission is to foster a sense of community, pride, belonging, and connectedness by celebrating Saint Paul's unique history and emerging heritage through fun and educational experiences. St. Paul's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in District del Sol features food with live music and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. This award-winning outdoor festival has become the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Minnesota and one of the top 10 Cinco de Mayo celebrations nationwide.

Festival of Nations

175 Kellogg Blvd. W, Saint Paul, MN

Held annually during the first weekend of May by the International Institute of Minnesota, the Festival of Nations is one of the nation's largest and longest-running multi-ethnic events. It showcases 90 Minnesota ethnic groups; celebrating diversity, ethnic traditions, and ethnic understanding.

Grand Meander

Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Grand Meander is one of the best holiday celebrations in the Twin Cities. Stop by historic Grand Avenue on the first Saturday in December for a day filled with activities to get you into the holiday spirit. Have breakfast with Santa, visit his reindeer, check out a young peoples' art far, take part in the community tree lighting and more! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to connect with the community and enjoy the holiday season.

Grand Old Day

Saint Paul, MN

Grand Old Day is Saint Paul's first act of summer and the place to be on the first Sunday of June. There is plenty for the entire family to do at the largest one day festival in the upper Midwest. With over 150 food vendors, family fun area, art district, and six festival gardens; this is a day you will not want to miss. Kick off the summer season with Grand Old Day!

Saint Paul Farmers Market

290 East 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN / 651-227-8101

Nothing says summertime like succulent fruits, vegetables perfect for grill season, and vibrant, beautiful flowers. For the past 150 years, the Saint Paul Farmers' Market, operated by the St. Paul Growers' Association, Inc. has supplied the St. Paul community with only the freshest, locally grown produce directly from producer to consumer. In addition to high-quality, locally-grown produce you'll find: baked goods, cheeses, poultry, buffalo, venison, beef, pork, lamb, maple syrup, eggs, bagel sandwiches, honey, organic plants and produce, flowers, plants, shrubs and many other items.

Spring/summer/fall hours: Saturdays 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sundays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Winter hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Farmer's Market opens for the season the last Saturday in April each year. See the Farmers' Market website for information on specific locations around the Twin Cities and be sure to check the calendar to see what produce is in season.

Welcome to the Minnesota State Fair!

What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood. To learn more about the fair's rich history, click here .

Today, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The fair attracts nearly 1.8 million guests annually. Click here for attendance figures.

This end-of-summer tradition is always held the 12 days leading up to and through Labor Day. The 2014 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 21 - Sept. 1.

The fair employs 70 year-round full-time staff members. During the summer, 300 seasonal staff are added. Close to 2,500 people are hired as fair-time staff members.

Located mid-way between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the 320-acre Minnesota State Fairgrounds is renowned for its beautiful gardens and architecture reflecting the art deco and Works Progress Administration eras.

Hundreds of events are held on the grounds throughout the year during the non-fair time, including horse and livestock competitions, hockey games, merchandise sales, expositions, car shows, and more. For a calendar of these events, click here .

Address: 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: (651) 288-4400
Map

Governance

The Minnesota State Fair is a quasi-state agency that is completely self-supporting. The fair has not received any public money or government appropriations of any kind since 1949.

The fair is governed by the Minnesota State Agricultural Society. Society delegates represent all 87 county fairs in Minnesota, along with a few dozen statewide agricultural groups. A 10-member volunteer board of managers is elected annually from the delegates to set policy and provide oversight for the fair. Nine members represent the society's nine regional districts, and the tenth (the president) serves at large. The executive vice president serves as the fair's general manager.

The society finances the annual production of the fair and is responsible for all capital work and maintenance of the fairgrounds, classified as state property. The fair's income comes from ticket sales, licensing of commercial exhibit space, the rental of fair facilities for non-fair events, and other areas. Expenses include extensive services for fair guests such as Park & Ride buses, sanitation, police protection, and free stage entertainment, as well as fairgrounds plant operations and administration.

In addition, in a typical year, the society will invest $5 to $6 million in fairgrounds improvement and maintenance. The state invests nothing.

Minnesota State Fair Foundation

Despite the fair's long and successful history, there is a need for new funds to improve aging facilities and provide educational programming while retaining traditions. In 2002, community leaders established the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) as the nonprofit fundraising entity with the mission to preserve and improve the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and support State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational experiences.

ACCESSIBILITY

The Minnesota State Fair is committed to providing equal access and a pleasant experience for all its guests. Services provided include wheelchair/stroller/wagon/electric scooter rentals, parking on the fairgrounds, wheelchair accessible park & ride, passenger drop-off area, assistive listening devices, wheelchair battery recharging, sign language interpreters, accessible seating at all entertainment venues, curb cuts throughout the fairgrounds and a Care and Assistance Center. All of these services are described in our 2013 Accessibility Guide, available for download at the right (link will go "live" when information is available).

Wheelchair, Stroller, Wagon and Electric Scooter Rental

HomeTown Mobility, an independent concession, provides manual wheelchairs, electric scooters, strollers and wagons for rent at four locations on the fairgrounds.

If rented onsite, all equipment is available on a first-come basis with no guarantee of availability. Hours are 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. The deposit of a driver's license or state ID is required. Cash, check, credit cards and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

Rental fees:

  • Wheelchairs: $15 per day
  • Electric scooters: $55 per day or $35 for half-day rentals
    (The hours for half-day rentals are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.)
  • Wagons: $15 per day
  • Single strollers: $12 per day
  • Double strollers: $15 per day

Reserving a Scooter or Wheelchair

HomeTown Mobility is now accepting reservations for wheelchairs or electric scooters. Reservations will only be accepted for full day rentals. Click here to reserve online or call HomeTown Mobility's home office at (877) 928-5388 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday and on weekends during the fair. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Cancellation must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund, less a $5 cancellation fee per rental unit.

MINNESOTA STATE FAIR CAMPGROUND

The Minnesota State Fair Campground will be open from August 15 to September 4 for the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Registration for the general public will be available on this site on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to apply through the mail can contact the campground office on April 1, 2014 to be added to the mailing list. Vendors and Minnesota State Fair Employees should contact the campground office directly for instructions on how to apply for a campsite in 2014. Individuals involved in Competition (4-H, FFA, competitive exhibits, etc.) wishing to park a camper by the barns should refer to the green Competition & Contests tab on the Minnesota State Fair home page. Click on “ Overnight Livestock Parking ” for registration information . Questions about parking west of the barns can be directed to Competition at (651)-288-4417

Minnesota State Fair - Campground
1265 North Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55108-3099
Phone: (651) 642-2379 (open April-August)
Email: campgrounds@mnstatefair.org (open April-August)

GUEST SERVICES

ATMs: During the fair, ATMs are located conveniently throughout the fairgrounds. Exact locations are noted on free grounds maps available at all State Fair information booths during the fair. During the off-season, an ATM is located in the Coliseum and at the Visitors Plaza.

Care & Assistance Center: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. - Located on Dan Patch Ave., across from Heritage Square. The Care & Assistance Center is headquarters for people of any age who have become lost or separated from their group. Areas for nursing and infant care facilities are available. Also provided is an area to recharge wheelchair batteries.

ID Bracelets: ID Bracelets are available for the run of the fair at the following locations: Care & Assistance Center, guest services office in the Visitors Plaza and at all information booths.

Information Booths: Free maps and brochures, including accessibility guides and entertainment schedules, are available at all State Fair information booths. In addition, the friendly, knowledgeable staff inside these booths pride themselves on knowing the answer to every question and helping to make your visit more enjoyable.

Lost & Found Items: The Lost & Found Station is across from the entrance to Heritage Square. Anyone looking for lost articles should check at this location during the fair from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. or call (651) 288-4555 . Items found between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. should be turned in at the Police Station next door. Tuesday, Sept. 3 through Friday, Sept. 6, contact Lost & Found at (651) 288-4555 b end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit the office on West Dan Patch Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 20, contact Lost & Found at (651) 288-4400 or visit the Administration Building on Cosgrove St. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Medical Aid & Public Safety: The Medical Aid stations provide first aid for minor ailments all 12 days of the fair. Public Safety provides police and security services and is open 24 hours per day once fair is underway.

Recognition Programs: The two featured programs are the Century Farm recognition program and the 50 Year award.

Smoking Areas - Designated: For the comfort and safety of all, designated smoking areas have been established at convenient locations throughout the fairgrounds. Smoking is now permitted only in these areas. Each designated smoking area will consist of a bench and receptable to safely deposit spent cigarettes. Designated smoking areas are identified on all State Fair maps, which are available by clicking here or at any information booth.

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental: Hometown Mobility provides wheelchairs and strollers for rent at four locations on the fairgrounds.

MINNESOTA STATE FAIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS

  • General Information: (651) 288-4400
  • Sponsorships & Mobile Marketing: (651) 288-4471
  • Ticket Information: (651) 288-4427
  • Accessible Services: (651) 288-4448
  • Amateur Talent Contest: (651) 288-4395
  • Concessions/Exhibits: (651) 288-4456
  • Competitive Events: (651) 288-4417
  • Employment Services: (651) 288-4475
  • Advertising and Promotions: (651) 288-4454
  • Group Hospitality: (651) 288-4310
  • Media Relations Hotline: (651) 288-4321
  • Non-Fair Events: (651) 288-4310
  • Publications, Web & Smart Phone Apps: (651) 288-4477
  • Seniors Programs: (651) 288-4400

Visitors Guide

REGULAR ADMISSION AT THE GATE

  • Adults (13-64): $12
  • Seniors (65 & over): $10
  • Kids (5-12): $10
  • Children (Under 5): Free

2013 PROMOTIONAL DAYS

THRIFTY THURSDAY (Aug. 22)

  • Adults (13-64): $10
  • Seniors (65 & over): $10
  • Kids (5-12): $7
  • Children (Under 5): Free

SENIORS AND KIDS DAY (Monday, Aug. 26)

  • Adults (13-64): $12
  • Seniors (65 & over): $7
  • Kids (5-12): $7
  • Children (Under 5): Free

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY (Tuesday, Aug. 27)

Active military, retired military and veterans receive the following discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present valid documentation of military service.

  • Active military, their spouses and kids: $7
  • Retired military and their spouses: $7
  • Military veterans and their spouses: $7

READ & RIDE DAY (Wednesday, Aug. 28)

Public library card holders receive the following discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (One discount per card.)

  • Adults (13-64): $10
  • Seniors (65 & over): $7
  • Kids (5-12): $7
  • Children (Under 5): Free

SENIORS DAY (Thursday, Aug. 29)

  • Adults (13-64): $12
  • Seniors (65 & over): $7
  • Kids (5-12): $10
  • Children (Under 5): Free

KIDS DAY (Monday, Sept. 2)

  • Adults (13-64): $12
  • Seniors (65 & over): $10
  • Kids (5-12): $7
  • Children (Under 5): Free

PARKING:

  • Fair-Time Parking: $12

*An additional pre-fair admission ticket is valid for parking.

HOURS:

  • Ticket Booths:
    6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Fairgrounds:
    6 a.m. - midnight

MIGHTY MIDWAY/KIDWAY TICKETS

Mighty Midway hours: 10 a.m. to midnight (10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Labor Day)
Kidway hours: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Labor Day)

Kidway rides generally require 4 or 5 tickets, Mighty Midway rides generally require 4 to 6 tickets and games of skill generally require 1 to 4 tickets to play.

For more savings, ride on special discount days! This year we have four days when the number of tickets required to ride the rides or play the games is reduced by one ticket all day long. These specials are offered all day on Thursday, Aug. 22, Monday, Aug. 26, Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Sept. 2.

The same great discounts are offered during early bird specials until 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, Tuesday, Aug. 27, Thursday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Aug. 30.

During the fair, Mighty Midway and Kidway tickets will be sold for $.75 per single; $20 for a sheet of 28 tickets; or $30 for a sheet of 44.

The physical requirements for access to rides are set by their manufacturers and vary based on individual ride dynamics. For example, some of the Kidway rides may have a maximum height of 54 inches while others may have a minimum height of 36 inches, and still others may have a minimum height of 42 inches, unless accompanied by an adult. Mighty Midway rides generally have a minimum height of 48 inches. Each ride/attraction at the Minnesota State Fair is required to have a clearly understood and visible sign that communicates to the public appropriate height instructions and warnings regarding safe use of the attraction, including instructions for persons with disabilities and parents of minor children, as well as limitations or exclusions due to age, weight, height or physical condition. We also provide information kiosks in both the Mighty Midway and Kidway where guests can measure their height for the purpose of determining which attractions may be appropriate for them.

The 2013 Blue Ribbon Bargain Book has a coupon for $6 off one $20 sheet of 28 ride and game tickets for Mighty Midway or Kidway and is available for $4 before the fair wherever pre-fair discount tickets are sold, and at our box office, State FairWear Gift Shops and State Fair Foundation Kiosks for $5 during the fair. Books purchased during the fair support the mission of the State Fair Foundation.

HOW TO ENTER COMPETITION

The very best Minnesota has to offer in livestock, creative arts, farm products, and school projects can be found at the Minnesota State Fair. Each department can be found under the "competition and contests" drop down menu above or by clicking one of the links on the side. Each page includes detailed info regarding the department, downloadables and links to online registration (where applicable).

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY

Premium books will be available for download from their respective pages. Or, if you prefer to receive a copy by mail, contact the Competition Office at (651) 288-4417 and request one to be mailed to you (be sure to specify which division you are interested in). Note that we are in the process of going online with premium books.

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

4-H LIVESTOCK

The 2013 4-H Livestock show runs for four days, from Thursday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 25 (except for 4-H Lamas, which show during the Open Class Llamas).

Departments include:

  • Beef and Dairy Cattle
  • Dairy and Market Goats
  • Poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons)
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Lamas (show during the Open Class Llamas Show)

Other 4-H contests include Herdsmanship, Showmanship, Judging Teams, Public Presentations, Non-Livestock Exhibits and County Club exhibits.

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship (formerly the Ben C. Hallberg Rural Youth Scholarship) was established in 1994 to help further the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. Up to 20 scholarships of $1,000 each will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2013, with participation in the current year's Minnesota State Fair.

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION - Important information:
Beginning in 2013, cattle exhibited in Minnesota must be identified with USDA approved ID tags. For more information, please see the Minnesota Board of Animal Health .

HOLDOVER SWINE - Important information:
In order to minimize risk to swine and humans for influenza virus transmission, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recommends that no hogs will be allowed to stay on the fairgrounds, where swine are penned for competition (Swine Barn and adjacent Holdover Barn) beyond the scheduled time in which the hogs are to be shown. This will eliminate ALL holdover swine. Display animals penned in adjacent barns and not co-mingled with exhibition swine (including Miracle of Birth, 4-H champions, largest boar and display sow and litter) are exempt.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY: The 4-H premium book is available annually for download in early June. For more information, please contact your local 4-H leader, Extension agent or the state's Center for 4-H Youth Development for further details: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/state-fair/resources.html or www.fourh.umn.edu/statefair .

For more information on the 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction, please visit:
mnpurpleribbonauction.org

AG-HORT-BEE

The Minnesota State Fair offers many opportunities for Minnesotans to showcase their agricultural and horticultural activities in competition. The information below is designed to give a simplified overview of the competitions in the Ag-Hort Building.

  • Division of Christmas Trees ~ classes for decorated and undecorated Christmas trees and wreaths
  • Division of Bee & Honey ~ classes for junior exhibitors; experienced and novice producers of honey, observation hives or beeswax; baking or cooking with honey; beeswax carvings or castings, artwork and crafts with bee or honey motif
  • Division of Farm Crops ~ classes for utility certified seed, seed ears, old and new corn, sheaves of oats and wheat, crop art and scarecrow contests
  • Division of Flowers ~ classes for junior, amateur, advanced amateur and open exhibitors. In addition, the Minnesota State Fair hosts flower shows sponsored by various horticultural organizations. Contact information will be included in the Ag-Hort-Bee premium book. The organizations are as follows: Minnesota State Horticultural Society; African Violet Society; Minnesota Gladiolus Society; Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota, Inc.; Orchid Society of Minnesota; Minnesota Bonsai Society; Minnesota Dahlia Society and Minnesota State Florist Association
  • Division of Fruits and Wines ~ classes for amateur fruit growers including, but not limited to, apples, plums, grapes, pears, and peaches; and amateur wine producers including red, white, and rose grape table wines, apple, cherry or other berry wine
  • Division of Vegetables and Potatoes ~ classes for amateur exhibitors including standard vegetable and potato categories, decorated squash and pumpkins, as well as "giant" vegetable contests

Important Information

INITIAL MAILING: Sent via bulk mail mid-May and will be available for download May 1.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Until the premium book is posted, please consider the dates and times below to be tentative.

2013 ENTRY CLOSING DATES (all divisions close at 4:30 p.m.):

  • Christmas Trees - Wednesday, Aug. 7
  • Bee & Honey - Monday, Aug. 12
  • Farm Crops - Friday, Aug. 9 (New Corn closing date is Thurs., Aug. 29)
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show - Monday, Aug. 12
  • Fruits & Wine - Monday, Aug. 12
  • Vegetable & Potatoes - Monday, Aug. 12

IMPORTANT DATES:

Delivery of Articles
Please note that if delivery falls during the fair dates, admission onto the fairgrounds is the responsibility of the exhibitor.
  • Christmas Trees: Sunday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Bee & Honey: Sunday, Aug. 18, noon-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Foods must be entered by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
  • Farm Crops
    • Crop Art: Monday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Scarecrow Contest - Monday, Aug. 19 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Amateur and Professional Entries: Tuesday, Aug. 13 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Open Class (small grains, flax soybeans, shelled corn and forage crops): Tuesday, Aug. 13 by noon
    • Old Corn: Wednesday, Aug. 14 by noon
    • County Booth: In place by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21
    • Utility Certified: Tuesday, Aug. 13 by noon
    • New Corn: Thursday, Aug. 29 prior to 10 a.m.
  • Flowers: All exhibits, unless otherwise specified, must be in place by 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26
  • Fruit and Wine
    • Fruits, Amateur: Wednesday, Aug. 21, in place between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Wine, Amateur: Wednesday, Aug. 21, in place between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Vegetables and Potatoes
    • Potatoes: Thursday, Aug. 22, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group One: Thursday, Aug. 22, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group Two: Sunday, Aug. 25, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group Three: Wednesday, Aug. 28, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group Four: Saturday, Aug. 31, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Largest Vegetable or Potato: Thursday, Aug. 22, staged by 9 a.m.
    • The Giant Pumpkin Contest: Wednesday, Aug. 21, noon-8 p.m.
    • Home Garden Collection: Sunday, Aug. 25, staged by 9 a.m. or Saturday, Aug. 31, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Braided Garlic and Onion & Pepper Ropes: Thursday, Aug. 22, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Decorative Pumpkins and Squash: Thursday, Aug. 22 or Wednesday, Aug. 28 by 9 a.m.
    • Kitchen Culinary Herb Garden: Thursday, Aug. 22 by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetable Plants in Patio Containers: Thursday, Aug. 22 by 9 a.m.

Pick Up of Articles

  • Christmas Trees: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Bee & Honey: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 4, 5-8 p.m.
  • Farm Crops: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-11 p.m.
  • Flowers: Tuesday, Aug. 27 after 9 p.m. they are removed and must be claimed by Monday, Sept. 2, 9 p.m.
  • Fruit and Wine: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.
  • Vegetables and Potatoes
    • Potatoes: Monday, Sept. 2, after 8 p.m.
    • Largest Vegetable or Potato: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.
    • The Giant Pumpkin Contest: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.
    • Decorative Pumpkins and Squash: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.
    • Kitchen Culinary Herb Garden: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.
    • Vegetable Plants in Patio Containers: Monday, Sept. 2, 8-10 p.m.

For further information, please email us at competition@mnstatefair.org or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

The Creative Activities Department of the Minnesota State Fair presents an annual exhibition of the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer. Participation is limited to Minnesota residents. In 2012, over 2,000 participants exhibited over 7,000 items (over 2800 in baking and special contests alone).

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

The Creative Activities premium book is available annually for download on May 1. Or, if you prefer to receive a copy by mail, contact the Competition Office at (651) 288-4417 and request to be placed on the Creative Activities mailing list. Exhibitors who have entered within the past two years are already included on that list.

IMPORTANT: BAKED PRODUCTS AND CANNED AND PRESERVED FOOD ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RECEIVED IF NOT PRE-REGISTERED .

In the Canned & Preserved Foods categories, only USDA approved methods of food preservation (pressure canning or hot water bath) are accepted. You may view the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning at:

http://foodsafety.cas.psu.edu/canningguide.html

Important Dates

Initial Mailing

Sent via bulk mail mid-June and available for download May 1.

Online Registration

Online registration will absolutely close on Aug. 6 at 4:30 p.m. By entering online, your entry tags and forms will be completed and ready for you when you deliver your articles.

Pre-registration

Pre-registration is required for baked products and canned and preserved foods categories and must be completed online or postmarked by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6.

IMPORTANT: BAKED PRODUCTS AND CANNED AND PRESERVED FOOD ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RECEIVED IF NOT PRE-REGISTERED .

Delivery of Articles

Baked Goods entries only:

  • Sunday, Aug. 18, 8-11 a.m.

Canned and Preserved Foods only:

  • Sunday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Special Contests

See the individual contest rules for delivery date. (Note if delivery falls during the fair dates, admission onto the fairgrounds is the responsibility of the exhibitor.)

Needlecraft*, Garment Making, Work of Senior Citizens, Handcrafts, and Collections entries:

  • Sunday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-noon

*EXCEPTION: quilts and rugs entered in County Sweepstakes Contests will be received until noon, Friday, Aug. 16

Return of Articles

  • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1-7 p.m. (No articles will be returned before 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For further information, please email us at competition@mnstatefair.org or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

EDUCATION

The Education Department presents an annual exhibition of the work of students in Kindergarten through grade 12 throughout the state of Minnesota. Students entering in the Individual Exhibits division may submit a variety of items (drawings, paintings, sewing, jewelry, reports and creative writing). Projects conceived and executed at home as well as school projects are welcome. The Technology Education division includes architectural working drawings, photography, welding, woodworking, CO2 cars and solar boats, among others. In 2012, over 3,700 items were entered and exhibited.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

The Education premium book is available annually for download May 1st.

The official three-part Education entry form is not sent out, but rather is filled out when entries are submitted. Teachers who will be bringing in a number of student works should enter online. By entering online, the entry forms and tags will be filled out electronically and the completed tags will be mailed to you ahead of time. Online registration is highly recommended for teachers entering large numbers of projects. Or, they may contact the Competition Office ahead of time to receive a sufficient number of entry forms and tags for completion prior to delivery of entries.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Registration for entries is available online beginning May 1 for all Education divisions. By entering online, your entry forms and tags will be completed and ready for you when you deliver your articles.

PRE-REGISTRATION must be completed online by 4:30 p.m., Aug. 6. Online registration will absolutely close on Aug. 6 at 4:30 p.m. If you miss the online registration deadline, exhibits may also be registered in person on date of delivery.

IMPORTANT DATES:

INITIAL MAILING: Available for download May 1.

ONLINE REGISTRATION : Registration will open May 1 and will close Aug. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

DELIVERY OF EXHIBITS:
Individual Exhibits:
Monday, Aug. 12, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Technology Education:
Monday, Aug. 12, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

REMOVAL OF EXHIBITS:
Exhibits must be removed from the Education Building between 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5. No exhibits will be released without entry form receipt.

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

FFA

The 2013 FFA Livestock show runs for four days, from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2. Entries are open to Minnesota (and Wisconsin sections 1, 2, and 3 in crops only) students, grades 9-12, who are regularly enrolled in an agricultural education program or are active members of a chapter of FFA that is in good standing in the state FFA association . Incoming 9th grade students are eligible to show if they are enrolled in or have completed a course in a grade 9-12 Ag-Ed program for the current year.

Departments and entry closing dates include:

  • Beef and Dairy Cattle - Monday, July 29
  • Swine - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Sheep - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Market Goats - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Judging Contests - Wednesday, Aug. 7
  • Crops - Friday, Aug. 9
  • Agriculture Technology - Sunday, Aug. 18
  • Safe Tractor Operator's Contest - Monday, Aug. 19

Other FFA contests include Landscape Design & Construction and Derby Barrow.

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship (formerly the Ben C. Hallberg Rural Youth Scholarship) was established in 1994 to help further the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. Up to 20 scholarships of $1,000 each will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2013, with participation in the current year's Minnesota State Fair.

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION - Important information:
Beginning in 2013, cattle exhibited in Minnesota must be identified with USDA approved ID tags. For more information, please see the Minnesota Board of Animal Health .

HOLDOVER SWINE - Important information:
In order to minimize risk to swine and humans for influenza virus transmission, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recommends that no hogs will be allowed to stay on the fairgrounds, where swine are penned for competition (Swine Barn and adjacent Holdover Barn) beyond the scheduled time in which the hogs are to be shown. This will eliminate ALL holdover swine. Display animals penned in adjacent barns and not co-mingled with exhibition swine (including Miracle of Birth, 4-H champions, largest boar and display sow and litter) are exempt.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY: The premium book is available annually for download in early May. If you are unable to download the book and entry form, contact the Competition Office at (651) 288-4417 and request to have information mailed to you.

IMPORTANT DATES

GENERAL INFORMATION: The FFA premium book and entry form will be available for download in early May.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Until the premium book is posted, please consider the dates and times on this page to be tentative.

ONLINE REGISTRATION FFA AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY : Online registration for the FFA Agriculture Technology begins the first Monday in May (May 6) and will absolutely close Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m. By entering online, your entry tags and forms will be completed and ready for you when you deliver your articles. Entries may also be submitted during entry delivery days.

ONLINE REGISTRATION FFA LIVESTOCK : Registration and payment for entries online will be available for all FFA Livestock divisions on June 17 (the Monday following Father's Day). Online registration will absolutely close on each division's entry closing date at 4:30 p.m. No late entries may be submitted via the online registration process. Entries may also be submitted via mail.

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

FINE ARTS

The fine arts department of the Minnesota State Fair presents an annual art exhibition that is the result of a juried competition. Participation is open to all living residents of Minnesota, and each may submit one work for consideration. Only those works selected by the jurors are displayed in the Fine Arts Center during the State Fair. In 2012, a total of 2,267 pieces were submitted, and 365 works were accepted.

  • State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition:

    2012 People's Choice Award: “Am I Your Pride and Joy" by Daniel Volenec
    2012 Kids' Choice Award: “Bless the Beasts and Children” by Attila Ray Dabasi
    Registration for the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition is required . Eligible artists must register their work. Registration must be completed online no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013. Registration absolutely closes July 1 at 4:30 p.m.

    IMPORTANT: ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RECEIVED IF NOT REGISTERED.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

The Fine Arts Rules and Regulations will be available for download April 1. Please be sure to read the rules and regulations document before beginning the registration process.

JURY PROCESS: There are now two phases of the jury process. In Phase 1, jurors will first review submitted digital images to determine which works will be delivered for Phase 2. Phase 2 will be an in-person jury review to determine the works to be accepted for the 2013 Fine Arts Exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair. Please take care in photographing your work. The jury will consist of recognized individuals in their respective media. All artists will be notifies via email of the decisions of the jurors.

Phase 1 submission process: We now require each entrant to submit a digital image(s) of their work. Images should be in JPEG format. We recommend the shortest dimension of the submitted image be 1000 pixels. Artists MUST submit AT LEAST ONE DIGITAL IMAGE of the entry. Only one image is required, but entrants are allowed up to THREE total images to present the ONE work. If images of more than one work are submitted, entrant will be disqualified.

For three dimensional art (generally classes 2, 6, 7), each image may be used to present a different view of the object in space.

For two dimensional art (generally classes 1, 3, 4, 5, 8), the first image must be a full, frontal view, while the other two may be details of the work.

DIGITAL PROCESS: As digital technology continues to expand and influence the way many artists work, not simply photographers, we are changing our policy regarding entries that display digital process. Acceptance of these entries is expanded to all classes. Please note that this applies to the finished work itself, not the process of entering the submission. For instance, digitally photographing an oil painting for submission does not constitute 'digital process'. However, if an oil painting includes a digitally printed photo as a collage element, that does constitute an element of 'digital process'. During registration, for identification purposes and to insure we are best serving our participants, entrants will be asked to indicate if the submitted work includes digital process, and to describe that element.

WEB PRESENCE: We recommend all artists establish a web presence. Participation in the Fine Arts Exhibition is an opportunity to make a lasting connection with viewers, many of whom might be interested in seeing more work. There are several options for creating a web page to display art and resume information, many are free (for example: www.mnartists.org).

ELIGIBILITY: Original works by living residents of Minnesota executed since January 1, 2011. Work of students eligible only if executed without the help of the instructor. Works that have been accepted and shown in a previous Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition are ineligible.

NOTE: Students in grades K-12 who are looking to enter artwork and photographs should do so in our education department competitions. Although the fine arts competition is open to any Minnesota artist, regardless of age, it is a highly competitive contest and we strongly recommend students enter the education department competition, where their work will be judged solely against their peers.

PLEASE NOTE: Any work accepted in the fine arts competition listed FOR SALE by the exhibitor will be sold through the Minnesota State Fair at a 20 percent commission. All accepted entries will remain on exhibit during the run of the State Fair even if sold.

IMPORTANT DATES

REGISTRATION is required for all fine arts divisions and will be available beginning April 1. Entries will not be received if not previously registered . Registration must be completed online or postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1. Online registration absolutely closes July 1 at 4:30 p.m.

PHASE 1: From July 10-14, jurors will review submitted digital images to determine which works will be delivered for Phase 2. All artists will be notifies via email of the decisions of the jurors on July 15-16.

PHASE 2: Entries selected for Phase 2 will be received on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. All Phase 2 artists will be notified via email of the decisions of the jurors on July 31-Aug. 1.

DELIVERY OF PHASE 2 ENTRIES: Received at the Fine Arts Center, corner of Randall and Cosgrove (on the State Fairgrounds) Saturday, and Sunday, July 27 & 28, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

RETURN OF ENTRIES: Unaccepted work must be picked up from the Fine Arts Center Saturday or Sunday, Aug. 3 & 4 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Accepted work must be picked up from the Fine Arts Center Tuesday or Wednesday, Sept. 3 & 4, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

FIRST GLANCE EVENT: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 5-7 p.m. The Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) invites artists, friends and family to support the future of the arts at the Minnesota State Fair. This is your chance to get a first glance at the selected works and celebrate art at the fair with arts enthusiasts. Light refreshments available. Tickets will be available for purchase in July at www.msffoundation.org or by calling (651) 288-4323

PREVIEW NIGHT: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7-9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, for participating and non-participating artists and their friends.

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

ENGLISH & WESTERN HORSE SHOW

All horse shows and the High School Rodeo are FREE with your paid admission to the fair!

The horse show at the Minnesota State Fair is a multi-breed show, consisting of English and Western and a High School Rodeo.

Download the 2013 Horse Show Schedule (available June 1).

English Horse Show

Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

English Horse Show includes:

  • Academy Division
  • American Saddlebred Horse Division
  • Arabian Horse Division
  • Draft Horse Division
  • Equitation Division
  • Hunter Division
  • Jumper Division
  • Miniature Horse Division (double point, double judged)
  • Morgan Horse Division
  • Open Division
  • Walking Horse Division

Western Horse Show

Friday, Aug. 30 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

Western Horse Show includes:

  • Open Division
  • Paint Division (double point, double judged)
  • Quarter Horse Division (double point, double judged)
  • Western Saddle Club Association Division

Schedules

English Horse Schedule (Warner Coliseum - performance classes):

  • Wednesday, Aug. 21 — 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 22 — 9 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 23 — 1 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 24 — 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 25 — 8:30 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 26 — 1 and 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27 — 6 p.m.

English Horse Schedule (AgStar Arena - halter classes):

  • Saturday, Aug. 24 — 7:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 25 — 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 26 — 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Western Horse Schedule (Warner Coliseum - performance classes):

  • Friday, Aug. 30 — 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 31 — 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 1 — 8 a.m., 12:30 and 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 2 — 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Western Horse Schedule (Warner Coliseum - halter classes):

  • Friday, Aug. 30 — 7:30 a.m.

High School Rodeo Schedule (Warner Coliseum):

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 — 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 — noon (approximately; directly following Dairy Championship)
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 — 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 30 — noon

High School Rodeo Schedule (AgStar Arena - cutting horse competition):

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 — 11 a.m.

IMPORTANT DATES

INITIAL MAILING: Available for download on June 1

IMPORTANT NOTE: Until the premium book is posted, please consider the dates and times below to be tentative.

ENTRY CLOSING DATE: July 22, 2013

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY: The English and Western horse premium books, including draft horse and saddle club information, are available annually for download in June. Or, if you prefer to receive a copy by mail, contact the Competition Office at (651) 288-4417 and request to be placed on the mailing list. Exhibitors who have entered within the past three years are already included on that list.

OPEN CLASS LIVESTOCK

Open Class livestock departments and entry closing dates:

  • Beef Cattle - Monday, July 29
  • Dairy Cattle - Monday, July 29
  • Poultry (chickens, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons and rabbits) - Wednesday, July 31
  • Swine - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Sheep - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Boer Goats - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Dairy Goats - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Llamas - Monday, Aug. 5
  • Stock Dogs - Monday, Aug. 5

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION - Important information:
Beginning in 2013, cattle exhibited in Minnesota must be identified with USDA approved ID tags. For more information, please see the Minnesota Board of Animal Health .

HOLDOVER SWINE - Important information:
In order to minimize risk to swine and humans for influenza virus transmission, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recommends that no hogs will be allowed to stay on the fairgrounds, where swine are penned for competition (Swine Barn and adjacent Holdover Barn) beyond the scheduled time in which the hogs are to be shown. This will eliminate ALL holdover swine. Display animals penned in adjacent barns and not co-mingled with exhibition swine (including Miracle of Birth, 4-H champions, largest boar and display sow and litter) are exempt.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY: The open class livestock premium book and entry forms are available annually for download in early June; please check back then. Copies are also available by mail; contact the Competition Office at (651) 288-4417 and request to be placed on the open class livestock mailing list (indicate what species you are interested in showing). Exhibitors who have entered within the past three years are already included on that list.

IMPORTANT DATES

INITIAL MAILING: Sent via bulk mail in early June.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Until the premium book is posted, please consider the dates and times on this page to be tentative.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Registration and payment for entries online will be available for all divisions beginning the Monday following Father's Day (June 17). Online registration will absolutely close on each division's entry closing date at 4:30 p.m. No late entries may be submitted via the online registration process. Entries may also be submitted via mail.

LIVESTOCK VEHICLE ADMISSION AND OVERNIGHT PARKING

INFORMATION

Livestock and Horse exhibitors who wish to park their camping and RV units on the grounds must complete an Overnight Livestock Parking Reservation request.

Overnight Livestock Parking Reservation Request opens June 3, 2013 at 8 a.m. This is a REQUEST for space only; no payment is accepted at time of reservation request.

Exhibitors who elect to go through this process should be prepared to supply the following:
A. first and last name;
B. farm, stable, saddleclub, FFA chapter or 4-H county (check ALL that apply);
C. address, city, state, and zip;
D. phone number, cell phone number and email address;
E. number of campers (adult and children);
F. department(s) in which exhibiting;
G. unit type (popup, bumper hitch, fifth wheel, tent, RV, etc.);
H. camping unit length in feet and inches (include slideouts fully extended), including tow vehicle;
I. camping unit length in feet and inches (include slideouts fully extended), without tow vehicle;
J. camping unit width in feet and inches (include slideouts fully extended);
K. electric request (including amp requirements).

Additional information is included in the Livestock Parking Information document (available at left). For rate information, please download the 2013 Livestock Lots Parking Fee Schedule .

Exhibitors who are unable to enter via the online system may elect to send in a paper form (available at left). Forms received prior to June 3 cannot be processed until the reservation request system opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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